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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Sunday that it arrested a trans-border drug dealer, identified as Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, otherwise known as Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
NDLEA which disclosed this in a statement issued through its Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi noted that a consignment weighing 90 kg and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
It said the dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for the man identified as Pastor Effiong, who was arrested in a follow-up operation at Oron beach in Oron.
According to the statement, the recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.
This, the agency said comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines with a 3kg cannabis sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos.
It noted that the consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA said in other operations across the country, it arrested 11 suspected drug dealers including a 90-year-old retired soldier.
It said it recovered some exhibits.
Parts of the statement titled: “Pastor arrested with 3 drums of Mkpuru Mmiri in Akwa Ibom as NDLEA intercepts Australia, Indonesia bound Meth consignments,” read, “In Sokoto, a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu was arrested on Wednesday 3rd August in Mailalle, Sabon Birni LGA for supplying bandits illicit drugs. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was caught with 5.1kg of cannabis sativa.
“At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia LGA, Edo State and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede has been arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin.
“He was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy via Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday 30th July. The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Monday, 1st Aug.
“In the same vein, a female passenger Jatau Lydia Lami was arrested at the Lagos airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey via a Turkish Airline flight on Sunday, 31st July.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hails from Zango Kataf LGA, Kaduna State and lives in Istanbul, Turkey with her family.
“She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June.
“Also at the SAHCO export shed of the airport, attempts by some freight agents to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE on Thursday 4th Aug were thwarted by NDLEA operatives who have arrested two of them in follow-up operations.
“They are Oladipupo Oladapo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, while two others are still at large.
“In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Thursday 4th Aug intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state enroute Sokoto with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer
Umaru Attahiru, while in Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,37 bottles of codeine-based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Wednesday 3rd August.
“The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja. Follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude
Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius.
“In Kaduna, four suspects: Sulaiman Rabi’u; Sanusi Sha’aibu; Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi Kaduna with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.
“In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked up stores in the new market area of the state capital on Saturday 6th Aug, while in Delta, a suspect, Ike
Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly.”
Meanwhile, the statement quoted the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) to have commended the officers and men of the Akwa Ibom, MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta
Enugu, and Kaduna Commands of the Agency as well as those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI for their recent feats.
He also charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.