Juliana Francis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has
recovered 101 parcels of Cocaine concealed in eight children’s duvets at the
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The contraband drugs were alleged to have been brought
into the country by a 52-year-old Brazilian returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary

He was arrested on 9th April at the Arrival Hall of
the Lagos airport upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha aboard Qatar
Airline flight. The 101 parcels of the class A drug with a gross weight of 13.2
kilogram were recovered from his check-in bag.

During a preliminary interview, Uchenna who claimed to
be a carpenter confessed that he was to be paid N5million for trafficking the
drug after successfully delivering the consignment in Lagos.


In a related development, big pellets of skunk
concealed in detergent containers have been intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam
International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.

A 37-year-old South African returnee, Ezekwesili
Afamefune brought in the consignment weighing 730grams aboard an Ethiopian
Airline flight from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ezekwesili is from Awka south local government area of Anambra State.

In Edo State, an alleged drug dealer, Christian John,
24, was arrested by NDLEA operatives in Egbeta, Ovia Northeast LGA for selling
assorted illicit drugs which include sachets of drugged Milo beverage, cannabis
Sativa, swinol, and tramadol tablets. Also, in Zamfara State, Chibuzor Uba, 30,
was arrested on 8th April with 1,955 ampules of pentazocine at Kaura Namoda
area of Zamfara state.

A cross-border drug trafficker, Stanley Chibuzor, 21,
was on 8th April arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA stationed at Oron
beach, Oron, Akwa Ibom state. The suspect nabbed with 11,190 tablets of
Tramadol during the outward clearance of passengers traveling to Cameroon.

In Ondo state, a drug dealer who produces and sells
skuchies, Oluwaseun Agboola, 25, was arrested on 7th April, at his Igoba,
Second Gate, Akure residence where 73 bottles of skuchies weighing 77kg stocked
in his kitchen were recovered. Skuchies are usually a mixture of Tramadol,
Cannabis sativa, Codeine, Black Currant (popularly called Zobo), and water.

In Lagos, an early morning raid in the notorious
Akala, Mushin area of the state on 9th April led to the seizure of 746.25
kilograms of cannabis.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa
(Retd), applauding officers and men of the MMIA, AIIA, Edo, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom,
Lagos, and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for the arrests and seizures,
charged them and their colleagues across the country to remain focused and
abstain from acts capable of compromising or jeopardising the collective goal
of ridding Nigeria of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

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