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Meth, skunk, and other contraband was seized by the NDLEA at the Lagos airport, which were smuggled in tomato paste and clothing

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The NDLEA claims its agents seized shipments of skunk hidden in tomato paste cans and methamphetamine smuggled into discarded clothing destined for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The NDLEA claims that on Friday, they confiscated a cargo of methamphetamine weighing 1.60 kilos from a Lagos courier firm and a shipment of skunk in tomato paste totaling 20 kilograms at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja.

Director of Media and Advocacy for the NDLEA Femi Babafemi made the announcement on Sunday.

The anti-drug agency further reported that its officers at the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier services had intercepted a shipment of 556 grams of Canadian loud in route from Canada to one Tunji Adebayo in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Also on Monday, NDLEA agents stormed the compound of a wanted drug lord named Abdul Rauf (aka ‘Na God) in Akala, Mushin, Lagos, recovering 1,101 kilograms of Ghanaian loud and arresting three suspects.

The agency reported that on Thursday, September 7, along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja motorway, a 22-year-old male named Agada Emmanuel was caught with 77.400 kg of cannabis. On Monday, September 4, a total of 369,980 pills of opioids were found along the same road.

According to the statement, Kabiru Ahmad Abdullahi, the suspect linked to the seizure, was apprehended in a subsequent operation in Gombe State.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, September 7th, NDLEA agents claimed to have seized 399 IEDs from one Asana Oluwagbenga Leke, 39, along the Mokwa-Jebba route.

The NDLEA claims the suspect claimed he was given the explosives in a park in Ibadan with instructions to deliver them to someone in Kaduna; the military authorities in Niger State have since been given custody of the man and the seized evidence.

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Two suspects, Muhammad Aliyu, 38, and Abdullahi Zakariya, 40, were arrested on the Zaria-Kano Road and in Haye Arewa, Hotoro, Kano, respectively, with over 426.5 kilograms of skunk seized from them. This was a follow-up operation to the seizure of 41 kilograms of cannabis from Titilayo Adetayo at the Sagamu Interchange the day before.

Onyeka Uzor, 25, was detained in Idemili, Anambra State, with 64.8 kilograms of skunk and tramadol, according to the agency. Meanwhile, on September 8, suspect Destiny Irabor was apprehended with over 180 kilograms of opiates in the Toyota Sienna bus he was driving.

On September 6th, police in Kaduna, Nigeria, detained Ahmed Yusuf and Rilwan Nura in connection with the seizure of 55 kg of cannabis in 100 blocks along Abuja road.

Edo State operatives destroyed cannabis farms covering an area of 4.236347 hectares when they raided the Ekudo woodland in the Onwude LGA. On the same day, operatives arrested Mrs. Eunice Egwehide, 60, in Iloje Okpuje, Owan West LGA, and seized 17 kilograms of skunk from her home. The operatives also recovered 22 bags of skunk weighing 261.4 kilograms from the home of one Amuodu Egwehide, 40.

“On Wednesday, September 6th, a suspect, Gapchiya Modu, 26, was apprehended along Kano-Nguru Road, Nguru, Yobe state with 60 kilograms of cannabis, while on the same day, Usim Orji, 45, was arrested along Aba-Owerri road in Imo state with 200 blocks of the same material weighing 57 kilograms.

“After over two months of surveillance, on Wednesday, September 6th, NDLEA operatives arrested a wanted kingpin, Idoko Festus Ifesinachi, 40, linked to the importation of 76.9kgs Canadian Loud intercepted in a container marked MSDU6686346 at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers state on June 2nd. He was captured at his Lagos hideout and sent to Port Harcourt, the statement said.

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However, NDLEA said that the state commands and its formations have maintained the Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy programs in institutions of higher learning, places of worship, royal residences, and neighborhoods across the country.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Ret.) commended the officers and men of MMIA, Ogun, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Anambra, Niger, Edo, Yobe, and Imo commands of the Agency and those of DOGI for their balanced efforts in drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities, and he urged them and their fellow countrymen to keep up the good work.

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