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NDLEA raids seven states, recover more than 8,268 kg of illicit drugs

In Enugu State, 19.08 kilogrammes of cocaine and skunk were recovered from three suspects, including a 35-year-old cripple.

• August 8, 2021
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives used to illustrate the story

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized more than 8,268 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk, among others.

This seizure occurred in week-long coordinated raids in Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi, Edo and Anambra States, the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday.

According to Mr Babafemi, no fewer than 15 drug dealers, including a woman in a wheelchair, were arrested during the “Offensive Action” operations.

He said that the operation which began on August 1, lasted until Saturday across the seven states.

He noted that the raids were aimed at mopping up illicit drugs in the affected states.

Mr Babafemi said that the bulk of the seized drugs were recovered from Ondo and Edo States.

According to him, 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was arrested on Friday in Akure.

He said that the raids in Akwa Ibom led to the recovery of 64.903 kilogrammes of illicit drugs, including 1.203 kilogrammes of crack cocaine from 26-year old Nwoye Solomon.

“In Adamawa state, a drug dealer, Ikechukwu Onuh, was arrested at Jimeta, Yola on Thursday with 14.400 kilogrammes of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.

“In Enugu State, 19.08 kilogrammes of cocaine and skunk were recovered from three suspects, including a 35-year-old cripple, Iyiogwe Chinenye and 25-year-old Aja David.

“Different quantities of cocaine and heroin were also seized from an 18-year-old drug dealer, Jude Chinedu, during raids at Inland town area of Onitsha, Anambra.

“More than 59 kilogrammes of a psychotropic substance, pentazocine, was intercepted in a bus from Jos, Plateau to Bauchi State with more than 148 kilogrammes of different variants of skunk.

“Meanwhile, different quantities of tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk going to the UK, Australia, New Zealand and UAE have been intercepted in two courier firms in Lagos,” Mr Babafemi said

Reacting to the outcome of the raids, the chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men of the seven commands for their diligence.

He stated that the nationwide offensive action against all drug cartels across the country would continue across all commands until the last gramme of illicit drug is retrieved from the street.

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