The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) said it has traced the root of so many crimes in Nigeria to drug abuse. Its Chairman ,Retired Brigadier-General Buba Marwa said the increasing consumption of illicit drugs has become disturbing, especially as some violence in homes and in marriages has been traced to the use of illicit substance.
In view of this, the anti-drug Czar is pushing for drug integrity tests for intending couples as a vital step in tackling violence in marriages.Marwa explained that this should not be a problem since intending couples have always had to do one test or the other as pre-marital requirements. He submitted that since they can go for genotype, HIV and Pregnancy tests before marriage,the integrity drug test should not be a problem.
He appealed to parents to queue behind him on this policy to save the marriages of their children and to prevent the ugly scenes of violence in homes, stressing that premarital drug tests are a key factor in guaranteeing a stable home and a peaceful society.
Speaking also on the increasing violence in marriages traced to drug abuse, the spokesman of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi said the Agency has been inundated by requests for help from husbands and wives with drug addicts as spouses.
A 22-year-old youth corps member, Arnold Maniru has been arrested in Abuja, Lagos-Nigeria for importing 4 kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom just as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, intercepted in Lagos cookies laced with drugs going to United Arab Emirate.
The youth corps member serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday 28th August, 2021 following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company. A controlled delivery of the parcel, which contains the candies laced with Arizona, a strong variant of cannabis and some liquid, was subsequently carried out.
In the same vein, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos have intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis concealed inside locally made cookies going to Dubai, UAE, and 920grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading to Saudi Arabia. Another 1.08kg cannabis concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625grams of methamphetamine hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also seized. Equally across some other states in Nigeria, operatives also intensified arrests of traffickers and seizures of illicit drugs. A total of 384.7 kilograms of assorted narcotics being transported to the nation’s capital, Abuja for sale were intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi state on Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September, 2021. A truck with registration number Plateau AA 462 QAP, driven by a 50-year-old Danlami Dodo, coming from Onitsha, Anambra, with Abuja, FCT as destination, was intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja. Upon a search, the following psychoactive substances were discovered packed in sacks and cartons:
1,975 bottles of Cough Syrup with Codeine weighing 282kg; 199 packets of Exol-5 tablets weighing 75.4kg; 250 packets of Diazepam tablets weighing 15.4kg; Cannabis Sativa weighing 5.9kg; and 1 packet of Ketamine injection, all weighing 378.7kilograms.Also on Thursday, a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number Lagos MUS 716 XK, coming from Ojota, Lagos to Abuja was stopped and searched at the Lokoja patrol point, where 6kg of Arizona was found sealed in cartons and stuffed in a white sack.
In Rivers state, one Obey James was arrested during a raid with 4.2grams of heroin; 1.9grams of cocaine and 5.4grams of methamphetamine while in Niger state, two suspects; Eze John and Michael Ifediegwu were arrested along Zungeru-Tegina road with 18kg of Exol 5; 2kg of Tramadol and 1000 ampoules of pentazocine injection, all going to Kontagora in the state.In Kano, a drug dealer, Chiduzie Ibegbunam, was arrested with 16.8grams of cocaine and 0.6grams of heroin while 158,000 monetary exhibit was recovered from his when his joint was raided.
In Nasarawa state, 22 suspects were arrested and 43.9kilograms of illicit drugs seized when operatives stormed notorious drug joints in Gadabuke forest, Toto LGA and Down base/timber shed both in Nasarawa LGA, dismantled and set ablaze their makeshift homes. In Borno state, Caleb Okezuonu was arrested with 352 bottles of Codeine Syrup and 876 tablets of Rohypnol during a raid.Curiously, Caleb is on court bail, for two earlier charges filed against him by the state command of the NDLEA. The latest arrest makes it his third arrest for drug offences. During the raid, 11.5grams of Tramadol and N307, 255 monetary exhibit were recovered from another suspect who escaped and has been declared wanted.
In Ebonyi state, a military personnel, Anayo Nwamban, who bought 1.1kg of cannabis from Mami market, planted same in his elder brother’s house and then made a report to the NDLEA office with a view to implicating his brother, was arrested on Friday 3rd September. After the arrest of his supplier, he admitted purchasing and planting same in his own brother’s house.
Reacting to the arrests and seizures in the past week across FCT, Kogi, Rivers, Kano, Niger, Borno, Nasarawa and Ebonyi state commands as well as the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Retired Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the commanders, officers and men of the commands for keeping the flame burning and maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers. He assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to improving their welfare, and urged them to intensify the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking across the country.
Operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency in a renewed onslaught against drug trafficking have continued to decimate the camps of the traffickers. Ex-Military Sergeant, Muffat Ekong and an Italy-bound lady were among the traffickers arrested in a latest string of operations by NDLEA Operatives.
Ekonng was arrested alongside one Frank Iredia Obamwonyi on Wednesday, 11th August with 286.3kg of Cannabis at Ogwashi Uku,Delta State on their way to Enugu.Whilethe Italy-bound lady,Mrs Nnadi Nora Chinyere was caught with 100 wraps of heroin and two parcels containing the same substance at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed Airport,Ikeja-Lagos. The drugs were concealed in five containers of hair relaxer cream, She was arrested arrested on August 3rd during an outward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways flight to Florentine, Italy.
In the same vein,the NDLEA Operatives intercepted a UK bound consignment of illicit drugs at the NAHCO export shed at Ikeja Airport,The consignment contains 66.6ookg of Cannabis, 1.450kg of Cocaine, all concealed inside cosmetics.
The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, Retired Brg. Gen Buba Marwa as saying that the current onslaught against drug traffickers would be sustained. He commended the operatives and charged them not to relent on their efforts.
Tough time awaits traffickers of illicit drugs in Nigeria as the German Government has offered to boost the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,(NDLEA) operations in the country with a World-Class Narcotic detention dog training facility.
The two countries are already working out the modalities for the take-off of the project. To this end, the Liaison Officer of the German Embassy, Jan Ritterhoff recently paid a visit to the NDLEA Headquarters in, Abuja the capital city of Nigeria.
Ritterhof commended the new ENDLEA Chairman for the great achievements within a short period of his assumption of office, especially in the area of seizures and arrests. The German Government was also elated at the possibility of the take-off of the dog school project, which he said will be completed in phases between the next three to four years.
Responding,the NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.Gen Buba Marwa expressed gratitude to the German Government for support in the areas of training, supply of drugs detection dogs, vehicles and the drug training school.
Gen Marwa disclosed that the support rendered so far from the Germans has helped to boost anti-narcotics war which resulted in 26 major arrests, seizures of large quantities of drugs including cocaine, heroin, cannabis, Ephedrine and methamphetamine with a combined weight of 17.932 tons.
NDLEA Spokesman Femi Babafemi quoted Gen Marwa as vowing to ensure that the Agency shall always be a step ahed of the drug cartels.
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The Chairman and the CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,(NDLEA),Retired Brigadier-General Buba Marwa has reiterated the need for Nigeria to adopt a National Drug Test Policy. To demonstrate leadership by example,the NDLEA Chairman led the way with his top management staff by undergoing the drug integrity test, It was a surprise test for the NDLEA Directors and the Agency staff at its National Headquarters in Abuja who had to undergo the drug test without a prior notice.
General Marwa explained that the action became necessary to give members of staff of the Agency the moral authority to conduct the test for other nigerians. He added that it would be faulty to ask others to undergo the drug test without submitting yourself for it in the first place.
The result of the tests conducted by a group of Consultants in addiction psychiatry led by Doctor Vincent Udenze showed that General Marwa returned negative along with his officers. Armed with this, NDLEA is battle ready to lead the campaign for drug test for nigerians.
The spike in violent crimes like banditry and terrorism has made it compelling not to spare antone in the Drug test. General Marwa pointed out that from the Politicians,to Students,Civil Servants,nobody should be spared of the Drug Test.
In a welcome development, the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has embraced the Drug Test in its services .Similarly, the National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS) ,has also endorsed the Drug Test Policy proposal. This would help to determine the status of students early enough and help to introduce necessary interventions for those in need of it. The President of NANS, Sunday Asefon said, drug test would also help to tame the growing crimes among the youth.
Another good news is coming from Kano where the state government has also endorsed the National Drug Test Policy.
Will the National Assembly also follow suit, and enact a law to give legal backing to this laudable proposal?
It might interest you to know that about 15million nigerians are said to be active in drug abuse according to a report released by the NDLEA.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have recovered a total of 8,268.2311kilograms of assorted illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, methamphetamine and skunk among others in a weeklong coordinated raids across seven States in Nigeria. The states include Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi Edo and Plateau. In a press statement signed by the agency’s spokesman Femi Babafemi, 15 drug dealers including a woman on wheelchair were arrested during the ‘offensive action’ operations, which began on Sunday 1st August and lasted till Saturday 7th August, 2021 in the seven states.
The raids aimed at mopping up illicit drugs in the affected states followed intelligence reports, and as part of offensive action against all drug cartels across the country.
The bulk of the seized drugs were recovered from Ondo and Edo states. In Akure, the Ondo state capital, a 27-year-old Omokayode Adedayo was on Friday 6th August arrested along Oda road, Akure South Local Government Area with a cocktail of illicit substances including cannabis sativa, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and designer drug.
The previous day, Thursday 5th August, men of the Nigerian Army had intercepted 1,025kg of cannabis in Toyota Sequoia numbered FST 169 BW and a Toyota Sienna with APP 918 FA as registration number, at a checkpoint in Isua Akoko, where two fake police officers; Stephen Sunday and Eze Ezenwa were also arrested with 575kg of cannabis being conveyed in a Sienna bus with a fake police registration number NPF 1651D. The suspects and exhibits were promptly handed over to the Ondo state command of the agency along with a cash exhibit of N148, 300.
This was preceded by a raid carried out by operatives of the Ondo state command at Egbeta community, a border town between Ondo and Edo states, where a total of 6,332kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered and two suspects; Emeka Ossai and Raphael Henry arrested.
In Akwa Ibom state, raids in parts of the state led to the recovery of 64.903kg of illicit drugs including 1. 2031kg crack cocaine from a 26-year-old Nwoye Ogbonna Solomon, the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of the state.
In Adamawa state, a drug dealer, Ikechukwu Onuh was arrested at Jimeta, Yola on Thursday 5th August with 14.400kg of tramadol packaged as diclofenac to evade detection.
In Enugu, a total of 19.08kg of cocaine and skunk was recovered from three suspects including a 35-year-old cripple, Iyiogwe Chinenye and 25-year-old Aja Chidi 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 state.
While 59.3kilograms of a psychotropic substance, pentazocine was intercepted in a bus from Jos, Plateau state to Bauchi with the courier arrested, over 148.808kg of different variants of skunk, some of which were meant for students of Igbinendon University, Okada and Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, were recovered from two dealers; Sunday Ojodale Oguche, 21, and Endurance Ehigie, 23 on Wednesday 4th August.
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 by narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, in the agency.
Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ijero local government area of Ekiti state, Babatunde Babade and two others have been arrested for trafficking illicit drug.
The transport union leader was caught with 52.5kilograms of an illicit drug, skunk in Akure,the Ondo state capital . The spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,(NDLEA), Femi Babafemi said the suspect was intercepted following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE from Akure to Ekiti state.
In his statement, Babade,popularly known as BB admitted he owns the vehicle used for conveying the drug.
Babade further confessed that the car was earlier intercepted by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing cannabis sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.
He however claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drug and sixty thousand naira (N60, 000) from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.
In another development, officers of the Benue state command of the NDLEA have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, 29-year-old Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kilograms.
The suspect who was arrested in a commercial vehicle, said he is from Nsukka local government area of Enugu state. He however claimed another passenger he knows who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday 31st July, 2021, recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
The suspect who tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her. During preliminary interview, she claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.
Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday 27th July during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.
On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.
Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.
After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of cannabis sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar.
Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retired) commended the commanders, officers and men of the Murtala Mohammed Internation Airport,Lagos.
NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi said the Niger state command of the Agency was also commended for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility. He quoted the Chairman as urging all the Agency’s commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug related criminalities.