NDLEA Seizes N2.2 Billion Drugs At Lagos Airport
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 507.936 kilogrammes of illicit drugs worth over 2.2 billion naira in nine months at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The breakdown of the drugs seized between January and November as released by the anti-narcotics agency shows cocaine to have the highest quantity with 172.930 kilogrammes, cannabis follows with 170.554 kilogrammes, psychotropic substances 121.100 kilogrammes while heroin is 43.352 kilogrammes.
The agency also said that a total of 139 suspected drug traffickers were arrested within the period under review comprising of 127 males and 12 females, stating that the month of July had the highest seizure of 135.066 kilogrammes with 15 arrests while in February 19.04 kilogrammes of drugs were seized with 13 arrests.
The oldest among the suspects is 64-year-old Folayan Elizabeth, a mother of seven that ingested 1.060 kg of cocaine. She was arrested on November 17, 2009 during screening of passengers on Iberia flight.
The youngest suspect, 19-year-old student, Adetola Odufuwa studying in Cyprus was nabbed on August 23, 2009 with 5.050 kg of cannabis concealed in powdered milk container in his luggage.
One Ukoh Ifeanyi, 45-year-old business man however broke Agency's record on April 4, 2009 when he excreted 3.349 kilogrammes of cocaine on his way to Germany. Ukoh John is the first suspect to ingest a whopping 3.349 kg of narcotic drug in the history of Nigeria's drug control.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade who vowed to make drug trafficking unattractive to encourage the principle of diligence said, "It has become pertinent that we daily increase our commitment to the anti-narcotic campaign as every seizure made translates to incapacitation of drug syndicates. "
"If we fail to stop the drug barons, deny them of the illicit proceeds and place a commensurate sanction on them, we will end up aggravating the problem of moral decadence in the society," Giade stated.
While calling for more public support in the Agency's drive for a crime free society, he warned drug barons that the Agency will go the extra-mile in halting the obnoxious trade in narcotics and psychotropic substances.
In a related development the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) weekend arrested a 70-year-old woman who was allegedly found to be in possession of 793.5kg of hemp in Numan, Adamawa.
The state Commander of NDLEA, Malam Hassan Zungere said the woman was arrested with a 62-year-old man, believed to be a renowned Indian hemp dealer in Numan.
"The suspects were arrested with 99 bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp weighing 793.5kg," Zungeru said. He said the suspects were arrested in male suspect's mother's house on Kwata street, Numan, where the exhibits were concealed in a warehouse.
Zungeru said the man was a renowned hemp dealer, who had been in business for many years. "it is sad to note that the immediate community has been tolerating this drug dealer for long," he said. He said the man's activities had encouraged many youths to engage in drug addiction and become threats to the community.
He warned other persons who were in the business to stop to avoid punishment. "There is no sacred cow to be spared in our collective effort of ridding the state and the nation of the canker worm of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking," he warned
He said the command had commenced investigations into the arrests and would charge the suspects to court soon.
6 December 2009
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