Drug Trafficking

Illicit Drugs: NDLEA Nabs 27-Yr-Old Drug Queen, 8 Others 

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have nabbed a 27-year-old drug queen and eight other suspects over illicit drugs in three different states.

In a statement issued by Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, the 27-year-old Mrs. Opoola Mujidat was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, MMIA, Lagos.

She was arrested when cannabis concealed in fetish bowls, containing scary native black soap and sponge packed inside a bag of food were found after a search on her luggage by the operatives on Monday, July 11, 2022.

According to the statement, she was implicated by Raji Babatunde Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi the two passengers she was traveling with to Oman, Middle East on Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Mujidat confessed during preliminary interview that the bag containing the food items were packed by her with different items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance.

The statement also disclosed the arrest of a 52-year-old suspect, Ernest Ojieh over 91 jumbo bags of cannabis, weighing 1,029.5kg concealed in a truck after a search by the operatives in Lafia, Nasarawa State on Saturday, July 9.

Furthermore, operatives at Agwan Doka, Lafia, also seized 38 big bags of the same substance with a total weight of 367kg with the arrest of two suspects, Abdullahi Iliyasu, 30, and Bashir Mohammed, 29.

Over half a million pills of pharmaceutical sedatives were seized with the arrest of suspects in a raid operation in Kaduna and Adamawa.

In Kaduna alone it was stated that 294,400 pills of Tramadol and Diazepam were seized from Shaban Nasir, Aminu Usman and Shamsudeen Hussaini, along Abuja-Kaduna express road as well as Sa’idu Yahaya and Umar Abubakar, during a follow up operation in Kano on Friday July, 15.

Over 227,000 different grades of Tramadol tablets were also seized during the raid of a patent medicine store at Sabon Layi in Mubi North LGA, Adamawa State on Sunday, July 3.

The operatives in the same vein, recovered Royal, Tramaking Tramadols of over 1000mg from one Nasiru Abubakar.

Finally, 25-year-old Idris Adamu was arrested in a shoe shop in the same Sabon Layi where over 5,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were recovered from him.

Commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Adamawa Commands for the arrests and seizures Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa warned the drug cartels that no matter the ingenuity of their modes of concealment, the dedicated workforce of the Agency will always expose them and their tricks.

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