The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has arrested Monday George Chika who was a former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police Station, Ondo State
Chika who is a dismissed police officer was arrested alongside an accomplice while in possession of 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg.
The 64-year-old, was arrested alongside, Emmanuel Eniola, 40 years.
Both were arrested on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Mokwa, Niger State, after their Toyota Avalon car marked Lagos EKY 429 BZ loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the state was intercepted.
The operatives of the agency also arrested one Fatima Musa, 30, for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the camp of surrendered insurgents in Borno State.
A manhunt that had been on for weeks by narcortic officers on a suspected female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Adoke Seriki, 50, yielded expected result with the arrest of the woman.
The agency Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday pointed out that the suspect is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of “Loud” imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday, November 27, 2021.
The statement added that Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin admitted being one of the owners of the seized consignments.
Also, she confessed to the NDLEA that her bags of drugs had the label ‘’Jah Bless’’on them.
The agency said when it eventually identified and sorted the exhibits, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg.
Other female suspects, five in number are among 17 suspects arrested in connection with the 3,727.72kg Methamphetamine seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin, Lagos, on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
In another development, total of 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal the codeine in a 40ft container imported from India, were also intercepted on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the Apapa port, Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana.
The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders.
NDLEA said the arrests at Akala was made possible by NDLEA Strike Force operatives who in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.
Attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
The first bid was made on Friday, January 28, through the SAHCO export shed where operatives intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in relaxer plastic container heading to the UK.
However, a suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for search had been arrested for further investigation.
The second attempt was on Friday 4th February during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airline going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500grams of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers while a male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight on Sunday 30th January, 2022.
The agency operatives also stormed the Igbogiri forest, Orhionwon Local Government , Edo State, on Friday , February 4 and destroyed four dry season Cannabis farms , measuring 3.067718 hectares, following the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed blocks of Cannabis weighing 269.5kg stored in a bush at Uzebba, Owan West Local Government , Edo State, the previous day and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348kg cannabis at Owan, Ovia North East Local Government on Wednesday, February 2.
While operatives in Delta State arrested a 21-year-old student of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Kate Osagie over a 17.6grams designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra State.
In Plateau state, operatives intercepted a truck marked LSD 857 XB coming from Ekpoma, Edo State with 885 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 736kg.
A N400,000 paid to bribe the arresting officers has also been warehoused as part of exhibits for prosecution, just as two suspects; Ebunoluwa Babalola, 40, and Sulyman Sheu, 30, were arrested at Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State with 90kg of Cannabis.
In the same vein, two kg of Methamphetamine being brought to Abuja by a 29-year-old Charity Omuche from Anambra State was intercepted on Friday, February 4 by operatives at Gwagwalada area of the FCT, while officers of the Kaduna Command of the Agency also arrested a suspect, Buhari Isah Umar with 300 shisha pens and 999 portions of synthetic cannabinoids with gross weight of 9.690kg.
Meanwhile Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig- Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has commended officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the agency for the successful interdiction operations that led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs from across the country in the past week.
He also urged them and their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars.