Operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation of NDLEA attached to courier firms have intercepted 11.36kg heroin and cannabis packaged for UAE, Netherlands and Omar. The drugs were concealed in dictionary, fancy light and body cream.
In the same vein, a major importer of Loud variant of cannabis from the United States, Abibu Afis Sola and a 63-year-old grandfather who ships illicit substances to his daughter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE have been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos. This is just as thousands of Tramadol tablets bound for India were intercepted, in addition to the recovery of 2.3 million tablets of opioid meant for distribution in Northern Nigeria.
Abibu was arrested in connection with a 19.30kg Colorado consignment from Los Angeles, USA, which was intercepted on 30th June at the NAHCO cargo import shed of the Lagos airport. While Abibu was still being interviewed in custody, a 37.1kg consignment of Loud intercepted on 7th July was also traced to him.
Meanwhile, the 63-year-old grandfather behind an intercepted drug exhibit going to Dubai, Afolabi Abideen Kolawole on 4th Aug has been arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state on Thursday 18th Aug after more than four sets of arrests eventually unraveled him.
He confessed that he was responsible for the concealment and packaging of the cannabis inside the black native soap used as mode of concealment. He also admitted this was his second attempt at sending such illicit substance to his daughter, Barakat, in Dubai.
Similarly, a freight agent, Miss Njoko Elizabeth, 37, has been arrested for attempting to export 250grams of Tramadol and cannabis to Dubai through the NAHCO export shed. The drug exhibits were concealed inside some gallons of palm oil and honey, which were packed among food items and hair attachment.
While, an Italy-bound passenger, Oziengbe Ehighalua Andrew, 55, was on Friday 19th Aug arrested with 600grams of Tramadol 200mg while attempting to board Royal Air Maroc flight to Italy, via Casablanca. In the same vein, seven cartons of khat leaf with a total weight of 295kg have been seized at the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport. The consignment came into Nigeria from Tanzania through Cairo on Egypt Air.
Spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi has also confirmed that over 2 million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances meant for distribution in seven Northern states of Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Nasarawa have been intercepted by operatives of the Agency in the past week.