51 individuals were detained by NDLEA agents during a raid at the Sky restaurant in the Nasarawa neighborhood of Kano State.
The suspects, who were detained on Friday, July 29, were found in possession of varied amounts of cannabis and cough syrup with codeine, according to the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, who made the announcement on Sunday in Abuja.
Additionally, according to Babafemi, at the Apapa port in Lagos State, 2,750,000 Tramadol 225mg tablets weighing 1,650kg and valued at N1.4 billion were seized.
He claims that the shipment of 55 cartons of the Tramadol Tapentadol and Carisoprodol types was confiscated on Saturday, July 30, during an inspection of container number SUDU 7538656 as a result of reliable information.
“This comes on the heels of similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja that thwarted bids by drug traffickers to export various psychoactive substances to London, UK and Dubai through the Lagos airport in the past week. At least five suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the attempts,” Babafemi said.
On July 25, Ms. Ebhodaghei Gloria Osenemeshen, a passenger flying on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai, was stopped during the outbound screening process.
Tramadol 225mg sachets were found in her suitcase, hidden inside gari, a product made of cassava that was mixed with other items.
She asserted, however, that the suitcase had been handed to her by a person with whom she had spent the night before traveling to the airport to assist in delivering it to a different person in Dubai.
At the SAHCO export facility on July 26, 50 blocks of cannabis Sativa weighing a combined 27.1 kg were discovered hidden inside a sizable shipment of crayfish headed for London.
The same day, Emebradu Previous Rachael, a female traveler headed for Dubai, was detained as she tried to board a Rwanda Air aircraft to the UAE via Kigali with 1.8 kilograms of cannabis concealed under bitter leaf in her luggage.
The mother of one, who is from Oghara in Delta State’s Ethiope West Local Government Area, claimed that before deciding to fly to Dubai, she sold men’s apparel.
She alleged that her ex-boyfriend, who resides in Dubai, asked her to deliver a suitcase containing food and illegal drugs.
In a similar vein, workers at the airport’s NAHCO import facility on Saturday, July 30, evacuated cartons of khat leaf weighing a combined 51.50kg.
A Royal Air Maroc jet had earlier brought the shipment in from Sierra Leone.
Four infamous drug traffickers in Adamawa State were apprehended for bringing Diazepam into the nation as well as exporting and selling Tramadol from Konkol and Belel, two villages near the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
Kabiru Ahmadu, Eric Emil, Abdulmumini Bapetel, and Alphonsus Yusuf are among the suspects.
Two jerry cans of formalin substance (Suck and Die) and 59.018kg of Tramadol, Diazepam, Exol-5, Cannabis Sativa were also found on them.
On Friday, July 29, when a commercial vehicle with the registration number Sokoto RBA 220 XA was stopped along the Yawuri-Kebbi route, no fewer than 4,010 ampoules of pentazocine injection were recovered. Two suspects, Muktar Yunusa, 26, and Lukman Aliyu, 30, were also detained.
Similar to this, Onaolapo Zakariyau, 50, was detained on Tuesday, July 26th, when a raid operation in the Oko-Olowo neighborhood of Ilorin resulted in the discovery of 79kg of Cannabis Sativa.
At the Jabi motor park in Abuja, no less than 90 blocks of cannabis (48.2 kg) and 700 grams of methamphetamine were seized, and at least one suspect was detained in connection with the drug exhibits.
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, responded to the arrests and seizures by praising the officers and personnel of the Apapa seaport, MMIA, Adamawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kano, and FCT Commands for their vigilance and dedication.
He exhorted them, as well as their colleagues across the nation, to continue steadfastly pursuing the Agency’s objective of freeing Nigeria of illegal drugs rather than to take it easy.