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NDLEA intercepts over 153,256kg drugs, arrests 663 suspects


Within the last week, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted various substances totalling more than 153, 256.876 kg.

Mr Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA's Director of Media and Advocacy, made the announcement on Sunday in Abuja.

A youth corps member, a police officer, and a soldier were among the 663 suspects arrested, according to Babafemi, All of whom were suspected of being false.

In the recent week, NDLEA agents raided well-known drug dens in Lagos, Abuja, Benue, and other parts of the country, he said.

According to him, the raid resulted in the discovery of 153, 256.876 kg of illicit substances, which were either burned or seized.

"In Lagos, a joint team of 70 NDLEA agents and 30 soldiers invaded the famed drug refuge Akala in the Mushin region on Friday, October 15, in a joint operation code-named 'Operation Still Waters.'

"A total of 27 individuals were apprehended, with a total weight of 2,463.876 kg of drugs recovered, including cocaine, Tramadol, Rohypnol, and cannabis sativa."

"A day earlier, operatives raided drug dens in the Ojo and Maryland regions of the state (Lagos), arresting six people and seizing various quantities of drugs."

“This came after another raid on Alhaji Lasisi Street, Idi-oro, Mushin, and Okota in the Oshodi-Isolo area, during which 12 individuals were apprehended and over 165kg of various illicit narcotics were recovered,” he said.

On Friday, October 15, agents intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu road in Ogun State, with 562.5kg of cannabis being transported in a Toyota Sienna bus, according to Babafemi.

In a joint operation with troops, narcotic agents invaded Lafia Park in Benue State, where six suspects, including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi, were apprehended with various quantities of drugs, he added.

This followed the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John, with 3.5 kg of cannabis along the Apir-Makurdi-Aliade road on Wednesday, October 13," he stated.

According to Babafemi, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police Joshua Yusuf, who claimed to be serving in Kano, was apprehended while transporting 45.5kg of cannabis along the Gwagwalada road.

"On Wednesday, October 13, three individuals were apprehended during raids on Dabba and Luku villages in Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State, where over 64kg of drugs were confiscated.

"NDLEA operatives attacked the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun Local Government Area, in Ekiti State.

"During a three-day raid, they destroyed approximately 150,000 kg of cannabis that had been harvested on 40 hectares of land."

"The operation started on Tuesday, October 12 and lasted until Sunday, October 17," he stated.

According to the spokeswoman, 615 people were apprehended, and illicit narcotics weighing a total of 3394.2031 kg were discovered in operations throughout other states.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa, was quoted by Babafemi as commending the officers and men of the Lagos State Command, as well as their counterparts in Benue, the Federal Capital Territory, Ogun, Ekiti, and other parts of the country.

Marwa praised them for their tenacity and dedication to the fight against illegal drugs, but warned them not to rest on their laurels.

He urged the agency and other stakeholders, including the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies, to continue working together.

Source: Vanguardngr

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Abuja Babafemi Femi Babafemi NDLEA National Drug Law Enforcement Agency

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