By Augustine Ehikioya
For allegedly dealing in drugs, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a Pastor, Anietie Okon Effiong, at Oron Beach in Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
The consignment, weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus, was intercepted along Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday 6th August, 2022.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy of NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Babafemi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “A trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
“The consignment weighing 90 kilograms 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 6th August, 2022.
“The dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, who was arrested in a follow up operation at Oron Beach in Oron. The recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.”
The statement added “This comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and Philippines with a 3kg cannabis sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos. The consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads.”
It also disclosed that a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu was arrested on Wednesday 3rd August in Mailallei Sabon Birni Local Government Area (LGA) in Sokoto, for supplying bandits with illicit drugs.
At the time of his arrest, the statement said that the suspect was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa.
Also 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 1 Aug.”
The statement also revealed that 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, it said, 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 N5million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June.”
It said also that attempts by some freight agents to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE on Thursday 4th Aug at the SAHCO export shed of the airport, were thwarted by NDLEA operatives.
The operatives, the statement said, have arrested two of the suspects 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 August also intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo State enroute Sokoto State with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.
In Kogi, the statement said, 14 sacks containing 1,376 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.”
The statement said 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, it said, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked up stores in new market area of the State capital on Saturday 6th August, 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.
The statement said that the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the officers and men of the Akwa Ibom, MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna Commands of the Agency and those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI for their recent feats.
He charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.