Businessday Ng –
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with 8 kilograms of cocaine.
The illicit drugs were concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha, according to a statement by the NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi
The statement revealed that the two suspects: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake are frequent travellers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business.
They were arrested on Saturday 5th November at the Lagos airport barely a week after they arrived in Nigeria, on Sunday 30th October.
Operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November also seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan.
The consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of pharmaceutical opioids.
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The previous day, Thursday 3rd Nov, operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the airport also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs: Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225 mg and Rohypnol concealed in footwears and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai.
The NDLEA Spokesman revealed that 32-year-old Oladitan Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was however arrested.
Meanwhile, two other businessmen who have been on the run for months over their involvement in drug trafficking have been arrested by anti-narcotic officers assigned to track them.
Nnebo Christopher who has been wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of Co-codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine seized at the cargo wing of the MMIA local airport since March 2022, was arrested on Thursday 3rd Nov.
In the same vein, operatives on the trail of an automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark) since April eventually arrested him on Monday 31st October in Enugu where he fled to after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos.
He was declared wanted in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside soles of lady’s footwears going to Liberia on April 16.
On the same day Omeje was arrested, operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport intercepted 550 grams of cannabis concealed in machine parts going to Dubai, UAE, while the sender, Ogbure Victor Ifeanyi was later arrested.
In Katsina state, operatives on patrol at Malumfashi-Zaria road, arrested a blind man, Bukar Haruna, 52, and his son Saka Haruna, 30 while heading to Niger republic with 20.5kg cannabis and 10 grams of exol-5. They hail from Damagram area of Niger republic.
No less than 2, 685.5kgs of cannabis were recovered in four different operations conducted in parts of Edo state in the last week. While 53 bags of C/S weighing 742.5kgs were seized on Wednesday 2nd November, at a camp in Esioriri, Owan East LGA with four suspects: Chukueke Igba, 32; Solomon Peter, 34; Emmanuel Jeremiah, 36 and Happiness Chidi, 37 arrested, another raid in the house of Joy Zubaru, 45, led to her arrest with 30.5kgs of cannabis recovered.
In the same vein, operatives on Thursday 3rd Nov stormed the Egbeta forest in Ovia North East where they recovered 112 bags of cannabis and 8 bags of seeds with a combined weight of 1,598.5kgs, while another team evacuated 27 bags of same substance weighing 314kgs at Amahor village in Igueben LGA.
In Mubi area of Adamawa, operatives on Tuesday 1st November, intercepted a Toyota Corolla car transporting 9,600 pills of tramadol, while a follow-up operation later led to the arrest of the owner of the consignment, Mamuda Ramadan, (a.k.a Muller), while another suspect, Alhassan Muhammed, was arrested on Sunday 30th October, along Abuja-Kaduna express road, with 136,000 pills of tramadol concealed inside his car’s spare tyre.
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