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NDLEA seizes 3.3 metric tons of drugs across Nigeria: Official


 


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has raided a hotel that sells cocaine and seized 3,300 kilogrammes of drugs in Abuja, Lagos, Edo and Kaduna States.


The agency spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said Sunday that operatives uncovered a hotel in Abuja that sells drugs and young ladies camped for commercial sex.


He said four persons – three ladies and a man – were arrested during the raid of Jat Suites, located at 30 Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2, and quantities of Rohypnol and paraphernalia for smoking crack cocaine were found.


According to him, the hotel is being operated in a high profile neighbourhood without requisite approval and patronised by call girls.


He said the bar served as the spot to smoke and sell drugs to the young girls and their customers.


NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, directed the FCT Command and the Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations of the agency to deal with the anomaly.


The property was to be forfeited to the federal government as a deterrent to others that use their premises for drug deals.


A woman, Ozigbo Nneka, was arrested at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.


Mr Babafemi said the suspect was trying to export packs of codeine tablets weighing 15.15kg to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.


He said that narcotic officers at the airport had earlier arrested Nwajindo Emmanuel during an inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers at the e-arrival hall on Tuesday.


“Some bottles of codeine weighing 5.65kg were recovered from him.


“Also at the airport, a total of 150.30kg of khat was seized on Monday, September 20, after six weeks of placing the consignment, which arrived at SAHCO shed on August 2, via Kenya Airways cargo flight, on surveillance,” he said.


In a related development, two female part one students of Edo State Polytechnic, Uzen Babalola (19) and Esekhagbe Sonia, 20, were arrested on Thursday with 21 wraps of skunk.


Mr Babafemi said another lady, Chioma Okocha, 25, was arrested on Friday when she tried to deliver 200 grammes of crack cocaine to a customer at an eatery in Benin.


“Earlier the same day, men of the Irrua Area Command of the agency working on intelligence evacuated 10 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 135kg in Amahor bush in Igueben area.


“The exhibits were stored ready for transportation to other parts of the country,” he said.


In the same vein, he said men of the Okada Area Command in the early hours of Sunday evacuated 2,937 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa from Utese forest in Ovia North East Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo.


Mr Babafemi said a widow and notorious drug dealer, Fatima Musa, was arrested on September 18, at Afana village in Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna State while moving 12 kilogrammes of cannabis to Jos.


“She had earlier been convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment on July 7, 2020, following her arrest on March 3, 2020, with 45 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa,” he explained.


He said the NDLEA boss urged the officers and men of the FCT, MMIA, Edo and Kaduna commands of the agency to bring the drug abuse scourge to its barest minimum.


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