The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has apprehended over 2,060 kilograms of various drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis, tramadol, and rohypnol, during operations at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, as well as Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, and some courier companies.
Mr. Femi Babafemi, the ministry’s Director of Media and Advocacy, mentioned in a statement on Sunday, October 24, that a nursing mother was apprehended while attempting to smuggle skunk hidden in akpu wraps into an NDLEA cell for a suspect in custody.
The statement read as follows:
“In an audacious move, a nursing mother, 35-year-old Mariam Drissu, was arrested on Thursday 21st October at the Edo state Command headquarters of the Agency while attempting to smuggle drugs into the cell for a suspect in custody.” Officers on duty discovered two cups of “Loud” cannabis weighing 13grams buried inside the food (akpu) meant for the suspect in custody while searching the food brought by Mariam for her relative in custody.”
On October 6 and 15, two consignments of heroin weighing 4.40kg and 550grams were intercepted at the MMIA’s cargo shed in Ikeja.
The first was discovered inside bags of granulated sugar and flour on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, via Addis Abeba, to Lagos at the airport’s SAHCO import shed.
Two suspects were arrested for further investigation: Chukwuemeka Ugochukwu, a freight agent who cleared the consignment, and Kabiru Aminu, a stock keeper who was to collect the cargo for onward distribution to recipients. On the 9th of October, one Adeoya Segun Joy, who was supposed to collect the luggage from Kabiru Aminu, was apprehended at Ajao estate, while Enahoro Emmanuel Annointing, who was also supposed to collect the consignment, was apprehended in the Abuleegba area of Lagos. Both were following orders from their South African counterparts.