Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have launched fresh raids in Nasarawa, Benue and Ondo states where no fewer than 43 dealers and consumers of illicit substances have been arrested.
The Director, Media & Advocacy of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this to NAOSRE in a statement said 137.55 kilograms of assorted drugs was also recovered during the operation.
According to Babafemi, NDLEA operatives in Nasarawa state who were backed by a detachment of soldiers from 177 battalion of the Nigerian Army in Keffi, raided notorious drug joints in Kara Masaka, Ruwa Ruwa Uke, Abattoir at the border with FCT, and other locations for two consecutive days between August 5 and 6.
“During the raids, at least 41 suspects were arrested and assorted drugs such as cocaine, cannabis sativa, and cough syrup with codeine, rohypnol and tramadol with a total weight of 65.250kg recovered from them. Cannabis plants planted by the drug dealers in the adjoining bushes were destroyed while all the stalls in the drug markets were dismantled and set ablaze.” The statement read.
“In the same vein, operatives of the Ondo state command of the Agency in the early hours of Monday, 9th August, 2021 raided Odopetu area of Akure in Akure South local government area of the state capital, where a 44-year-old Mrs. Folake Ademola was arrested while her husband escaped arrest.
Recovered from their home include: 65.400kg of cannabis sativa; skunk – 500grams; loud- 16grams; Colorado- 34grams, bringing the total of drugs seized from them to 65.950 kilograms.” The statement further read.
According to Babafemi, in Benue state, a 34-year-old Iornum Emmanuel was arrested at the NDLEA Aliade checkpoint on Sunday 8th August, 2021 with varying quantities of assorted illicit drugs, which include; tramadol -500grams; diazepam- 1.5kg and exol 5- 7.9kg.
Meanwhile, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the commanders, officers and men of the Nasarawa, Ondo and Benue state commands for their commitment to the goal of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and trafficking.
He charged them and their colleagues in other commands to continue on the offensive until the last drug cartel in Nigeria is dismantled.