• Records largest cocaine seizure at Port Harcourt airport
• Seized tramadol tablets worth N5 billion at Lagos Airport, Abuja, Edo

National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers arrested seven drug traffickers during raids in parts of Kano and seized 80 kilograms of codeine and pentazocine injections.

Those arrested in Rijiyar Zaki, Brigade, Yan-Kaba, Tudun Wada, Karfi, Ungogo and Nasarawa areas of the state include: Muhammad Adamu; Abba Sani; and Auwalu Muhammad, among others.

In addition, a Brazilian returnee, Nnanna Anayo Michael, 39, was arrested by officers on Tuesday March 29 at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) with 73 sachets weighing 8.15 kilograms of cocaine, which is the largest such seizure at the airport. , since the start of international flight operations years ago.

The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday that Michael, from Ekwusigo in Anambra State, was detained while screening passengers on board the Qatar flight. Airline QR1433 from Doha to Port Harcourt.

During the preliminary interview, Michael, who said he left Sao Paulo, Brazil, at midnight on Sunday en route from Qatar to Port Harcourt, claimed that an unidentified person in Sao Paulo gave him six sheets, in which the drugs were concealed for delivery to another unidentified person at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

According to Babafemi, the 73 cocaine pouches were hidden in factory-sewn 4×1 foot colored sheets.

“Five of the sheets contain 12 sachets each, while the sixth sheet contains 13 sachets.

“An immediate follow-up operation led to the arrest of Monday Alaisu, 50, who came from Lagos to collect drugs from Michael.

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“He was arrested in the airport parking lot, where he was waiting to receive Michael with the latter’s photo taken at the Brazilian airport and the data page of his international passport in his hand,” Babafemi said.

In addition, no less than 9.5 million pharmaceutical opioid tablets: Tramadol and Exol 5 worth over N5 billion were seized at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, Federal Capital Territory Abuja and Edo State by officers of the NDLEA and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Out of this, 214 cartons of tramadol 225 under 10 different brand names, i.e. 9,219,400 tablets weighing 6,384.5 kg, with an estimated market value of N4,609,700,000 were transferred on Tuesday, March 29. , alongside 85 cartons of dried khat leaves with a total weight of 1,327.35 kg by Nigeria Customs to NDLEA’s MMIA Command as a symbol of the synergy between the two law enforcement agencies.

In Abuja, approximately 228,740 tablets and capsules of Tramadol and Exol 5 were intercepted on Friday April 1 in the Abaji area of ​​the FCT.

The truck carrying the drugs was loaded in Lagos heading for Kano. Although the truck driver fled into the bush, when the vehicle was searched, two of his assistants; Usman Abdulmumini, 23, and Aminu Ahmad, 22, were arrested.

In Oyo State, 17.6 kg of cannabis was transferred with a suspect, Ramon Dauda, ​​40, to the NDLEA State Command by the Oyo/Osun Region Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, as did narcotics officers on patrol along the Lagos-Ibadan highway on Thursday. , on March 31, intercepted a shipment of 10 kg of cannabis and 12.1 grams of amphetamine on a commercial bus. A follow-up operation in Ilesa, Osun State led to the arrest of drug show owner Ms Remi Aluko, 44.

Anti-narcotics officers also raided three drug joints in Wire Road, Benin City and Uromi in Esan Central Local Council, where 188 pinches of cocaine and heroin were recovered and five suspects arrested.

In another raid in the city of Okada, patent drug dealer Harrison Odion was arrested with 70 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup; 9,638 capsules of tramadol; 16,843 tablets of Exol-5; 80 diazepam tablets and 62 diazepam injection ampoules.

In a similar vein, state agents destroyed seven clusters of dry season cannabis sativa farms in Okpuje Forest along the banks of the Ose River, totaling 3.124998 hectares.

While commending the relationship between the NDLEA and other security agencies in the country, the Anti-Narcotics Agency Chairman/CEO, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retired) instructed the officers and men of the MMIA, PHIA, FCT, Edo, Oyo and Kano commands not to rest on their oars.

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