A youth corps member, a fake police officer and a soldier are among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in massive raids of notorious drug joints across the federation in Nigeria, in which assorted illicit drugs weighing over 153, 256.876 kilograms were recovered from them.
The Youth Corps Member, Paul Ndubisi was arrested at Lafia Park in Benue state by narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers where five other suspects were arrested with different quantities of drugs. This came on the heels of the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John, along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday 13th October.
In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis.
NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi confirmed that raids were also carried out on the notorious drug haven, Akala in Mushin area of Lagos state on Friday 15th October by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in an operation code named ‘ Operation Still Waters.’ No less that 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized .
Meanwhile in Ekiti State, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday 17th October. In raids across other states in the country, no fewer than 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.
Commending officers and men of the Lagos state Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them not to rest on their oars. He called for continued collaboration between the Agency and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.