The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made significant progress in its fight against drug trafficking, apprehending a wanted drug kingpin and seizing large quantities of illicit substances across various states in Nigeria.
Ibrahim Momoh, a convicted drug trafficker who escaped from prison custody in 2016, has been recaptured by NDLEA operatives in Abuja. He was found in possession of 56.9 kilograms of Cannabis sativa and 42.7 grams of Diazepam.
Over 52,500 kilograms of Cannabis sativa were destroyed in a massive operation conducted by NDLEA in Ekiti State. Additionally, 92 bags of the same substance weighing 1,380 kilograms were recovered, and another 250 bags weighing 3,000 kilograms were destroyed. Fifteen suspects were also arrested during the operation.
Also a total of 1,945 kilograms of Cannabis sativa were seized from a group of five individuals, including a wanted drug kingpin named Christopher Onyebuchi, in Ondo State. The arrests were made in New Bridge Compound, Idoani.
NDLEA operatives in various states across Nigeria have made numerous other seizures of Cannabis sativa, including 1,834 kilograms in Upemen village, Owo, Ondo State, 290 kilograms from a female suspect in Sokoto State, 808 kilograms in a forest at Igueben, Edo State, 231 kilograms in a joint raid between NDLEA and soldiers in Benue State, 67 kilograms from a suspect in Ogun State, 364.3 kilograms of Loud, and a variant of Cannabis sativa, from a suspect in Lagos State.
NDLEA also intercepted a truck in Imo State containing 82,320 pills of opioids, including Tramadol 225mg and Diazepam, as well as 32.5 liters of codeine cough syrup and 100 pieces of Molly weighing 49.62 grams.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers involved in these successful operations and urged them to continue their efforts in combating drug trafficking. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance between drug law enforcement and drug demand reduction initiatives.
As the yuletide season approaches, NDLEA is determined to intensify its efforts to curb drug trafficking and protect communities from the harmful effects of illicit substances. The agency’s commitment to safeguarding the well-being of Nigerians remains unwavering.
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