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The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 27-year-old woman, Ms. Opoola Mujidat, for concealing drugs in a bag and smuggling them for distribution in Oman, Middle East.
A statement from the Director, Media & Advocacy, Nigerian Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Headquarters, Femi Babafemi, in Lagos, said the drugs were “concealed in fetish bowls, containing black soap and a sponge natives in bags carried by two Oman-male passengers bound for the departure hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos”.
The statement said the passengers, Raji Babatunde Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi, were “to be traveling together to Oman on the Ethiopian Airlines flight on Monday July 11 when they were intercepted by NDLEA officers at the airport.
“A search of their luggage revealed cannabis sativa wrappers hidden in native black soap and sponge bowls packed in a bag containing food items, which Kazeem was carrying.
“Kazeem and Omoniyi immediately alerted anti-narcotics officers that Mujidat, who was still nearby, had given them the bag containing the illicit substance at the airport.”
According to the statement, Mujidat was quickly arrested and, during questioning, accepted responsibility, saying she had brought the luggage of the two passengers to hand over to her husband in Oman.
Mujidat, who hails from Oyo East Local Government Area in Oyo State, confessed to packing the bag containing the food items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance.
Meanwhile, in Nasarawa State, NDLEA officers intercepted over 91 giant bags of cannabis, weighing 1,029.5 kg, concealed in a truck and mounted on a natural gas tank near the road to Doma, around 500 Housing Estate, Lafia.
A 52-year-old suspect, Ernest Ojieh, was arrested in connection with the Saturday July 9 seizure.
“It was just four days after officers from Agwan Doka, Lafia, seized 38 large bags of the same substance with a total weight of 367 kg. Two suspects: Abdullahi Iliyasu, 30, and Bashir Mohammed, 29-year-old was arrested for the seizure,” according to the statement.
The statement continued that in Kaduna and Adamawa states, more than half a million pharmaceutical opioid tablets were seized and suspects arrested during raid operations in the two states.
In Kaduna, 294,400 tablets of tramadol and diazepam were seized at Shaban Nasir, Aminu Usman and Shamsudeen Hussaini along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, while Sa’idu Yahaya and Umar Abubakar were apprehended during a follow-up operation in Kano on Friday 15 July.

In the same vein, more than 227,000 Tramadol tablets of various grades were seized during the raid on a patent drug store in Sabon Layi, near Mubi Main Market, Mubi North LGA, State of Adamawa, Sunday, July 3.

Items recovered from the store where a suspect, Nasiru Abubakar, 27, was arrested include Tramadol 250mg (aka Boko Haram); Royal Tramadol 225mg (aka Vectra); Tramaking Tramadol 225mg (aka Jan Dara); Tramadol 200mg (aka Dogari); and Tramadol 100mg (aka Green).

Another suspect, Idris Adamu, 25, was also arrested at a shoe store in the same Sabon Layi where more than 5,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were recovered from him.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Adamawa commands for the arrests, seizures and their dexterity, NDLEA President and CEO Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has warned the drug cartels that no matter how ingenious their methods of concealment are, the Agency’s dedicated staff will always expose them and their tricks.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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