NDLEA arrests Nigerien with illicit drugs, nabs 19 others

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested a 32-year-old Nigerien, Hassan Mummuni, with 4,000 pills of diazepam and 1.250 kg of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).

A statement by NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja stated that the suspect was nabbed along  the Lalgo-Birnin Kebbi road, Kebbi, on Saturday,  June 8.

Babafemi said the consignment was concealed in four pesticide tanks, adding that operatives in Gombe, the same day, arrested one Ibrahim Abubakar at Herwagana.

He said that Abubakar was arrested with 6,740 pills of tramadol and 20,000 tablets of diazepam.

Meanwhile, not less than 1,098 bottles of codeine-based syrup were recovered from a suspect, Onyekachi Iwula, 42, following his arrest in a commercial bus at Aloma junction, Otukpa, Ogbadibo Local Government, in Benue.

Also, in Bauchi state, NDLEA officers on patrol along Ningi-Kano road on Wednesday, June 5,  arrested a 20-year-old lady, Hasana Usman, with 25 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 28.2 kg.

“Their counterparts in Yobe nabbed Ali Mohammed, 42, along the Kano-Potiskum road, with 19,000 pills of tramadol 225 mg concealed in a black sack and the suspect’s travelling bag,” he said.

In Oyo State, 57-year-old Oladimeji Samson was arrested in a commercial bus at the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway with 79 blocks of cannabis sativa, he said.

Babafemi said the drugs weighed 44.4 kg and 48 grams of ecstasy, adding that they were all concealed in the engine compartment under the driver’s seat of the bus.

In the same vein, not less than 17,980 pills of tramadol and other opioids were seized from a suspect, Ali Mohammed, 36, following his arrest at Ganaja village, Lokoja, the Kogi capital.

Babafemi said the duo of Blessing Samuel, 35, and Unnanchi Mike, 34, were arrested with 804 bottles of codeine syrup at Narayi, Kaduna state.

Also in Kaduna, Tijjani Umar, 37, and Yahaya Suleman, 35, were arrested with 33.9 kilograms of cannabis sativa in Lafiya area of the Kudan Local Government Area of the state, he said.

Babafemi further said that at least nine suspects, including Salisu Sanda, 48, and James Andrew, 25, were arrested by NDLEA operatives during a raid on Toaabora hills in the Federal Capital Territory.

“They were arrested on Saturday, June 8th, with a total of 83.01 kg of cannabis recovered from them,” he said.

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