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Cocaine Peddling: NDLEA Arrests Medical Doctor, Soldier

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma in Auchi, Edo state, for operating an online catering service, Omachis kitchen, through which she sells drugged biscuits.

According to a statement signed by the Director Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, Chioma, 26, a graduate of Medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who recently completed her internship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, , in her statement while under interrogation, has confessed to baking the cookies with illegal drugs.

“Following intelligence and surveillance, narcotic officers of the Edo State Command of the Agency on Saturday 19th June, 2021, stormed her operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi, where she was arrested and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered.

In the same vein, a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the Agency for dealing in crack cocaine.” The statement read.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara State have also ported the arrest of a 52-year-old former Soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.

The suspect was apprehended on Thursday 17th June, 2021 at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.

According to the statement, Musa who worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos, from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno State before he deserted the Army had arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit. He was however arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of Kwara State Command of the Agency.

“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020. He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children. The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin.”

Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Edo and Kwara state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse. He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities while assuring them that the Agency will continue to make their welfare a priority.

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