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NDLEA Recovers Heroin Worth N4.5b Inside Baby Food, Nabs 68-Yr-Old Woman With 231.2kg Of Cannabis 

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted 22 blocks of heroin worth N4.5b concealed in packs of Nestle Cerelac baby food at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The consignment weighing 23.55kg came from Johannesburg, South Africa on board South African Airways flight on Wednesday, June 29 according to a statement signed by the Agency’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

Following series of investigations, the receiver of the drugs, one Chike Okeke Eweni, who distributes the substance for his South Africa-based partner, was arrested on Thursday, June 30 at a logistics warehouse in Ajao Estate, Ikeja.

The statement disclosed that NDLEA had arrested a former BRT driver, Muyiwa Babalola Bolujoko, who consumed 90 pellets of cocaine three days before Chike was arrested.

Bolujoko, who was arrested at the screening point before boarding a Qatar Airways flight enroute Doha to Sharjah, excreted the 90 pallets of the drugs in four excretions while in custody.

The 39-year-old claimed to have left his N60, 000 per month job as BRT driver in February and decided to work as drug courier to raise funds to buy a shuttle bus popularly called Korope in Lagos to continue his transport business.

The statement also confirmed the arrest of a 68-year-old woman, Mrs. Celina Ekeke who was found with 231.2kg cannabis at Obunku community, Oyigbo LGA, Rivers State.

While Mrs Ekeke was arrested on Wednesday, June 29, one Shedrack Eze, was nabbed a day after with 250,000 tablets of Exol 5, weighing 75kg at Yankarfe, Zaria, Kaduna state.

Operatives of the Agency also intercepted an inbound consignment of khat leaves, which arrived the NAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport on Royal Air Maroc flight from the Middle East on Thursday, June 30.

The statement claimed the discovery of 71 cartons of dried khat leaves with a gross weight of 2,434.3 kg in the cargo.

In the same vein, anti-narcotic officers of the Agency seized 36 parcels of Colorado, a variant of cannabis with a total weight of 19.30kg which arrived the NAHCO import shed from Los Angeles, US on a Delta Airlines flight.

After series of follow up operations in which four persons were arrested, the actual owner of the drug consignment, Abibu Afis Sola was eventually nabbed on Friday 1st July in Gbagada area of Lagos.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa expressed satisfaction with performance of the officers and men of the MMIA command in the past week while also commending those of Rivers, Kaduna and Borno for being vigilant.

He charged them and others across the country to remain steps ahead of the tricks by the desperate drug cartels.

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