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N3 million bribe collected from drug barons to serve as exhibit: NDLEA

He stated that the drugs were impounded in Plateau, Edo, Delta, Taraba, Kogi, Kano, Lagos and Adamawa.

• January 29, 2023
NDLEA operatives
NDLEA operatives

Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said some drug barons offered N3 million as bribes to operatives of the anti-narcotics body.

He said this was after 2,601.5kg of Indian hemp and 102,500 strong anaesthetic pills were impounded across eight states last week.

Mr Babafemi, however, stated in Abuja on Sunday, that the bribe would be used as an exhibit in the prosecution of the suspects.

He stated that the drugs were impounded in Plateau, Edo, Delta, Taraba, Kogi, Kano, Lagos and Adamawa.

He also stated that 309kg of Indian hemp was recovered from a Bauchi-bound Toyota Camry car intercepted on Bauchi Road, Jos, on Saturday and driven by a 37-year-old suspect, Godwin Ojo.

He added that 718kg of Indian hemp was also seized in an uncompleted building at Sabongida-Ora town in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.

“In Delta, at least 250.3kg of Indian hemp was recovered from three suspects: Wilson Ejougo (43), Chuks Okpor (33) and Grace Isaiah (51), in raids in Abbi town, in Ndokwa West Local Government Area and Asaba.

“A suspect, Umar Halidu (35), was arrested with 18kg of Indian hemp at Mutum Biyu, in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba.

“The trio of Ali Abdulwahab (48), Bashir Musa (31), and Ibrahim Shuaibu Abdullahi (38) were nabbed with 532kg of Indian hemp in their truck in Kogi,” Mr Babafemi stated.

He added that at least 189 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 131kg were seized from a suspect, Shafi’u Abubakar,29, in the Mariri area of Kano.

In Lagos, the NDLEA seized 119.4kg of Indian hemp.

The NDLEA spokesman also stated that 523.8kg of Indian hemp was seized in a bus heading to Port Harcourt on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday, January 22.

“Four suspects: Okechukwu Umen; Lanre Adebayo Ismaila (47), Adeshina Adigun (50) and Emmanuel Omijeh (42) were arrested in connection with the seizure,” he stated.

Mr Babafemi stated that the 102,500 powerful anaesthetics pills were recovered from the store of a mobile dealer at Old Park, Mubi, in a joint operation with military personnel in Adamawa. 


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