The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has intercepted 2,504.8 kilograms of illicit drugs in Edo, Ondo, Kaduna, Kano, and Kogi states.
According to the Agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, a 60-year-old Comfort Uzor, and Dayyabu Usman were arrested with 62.1kg and 8kg cannabis in Kogi state.
Babafemi in a statement issued on Sunday stated that Uzor was arrested while heading to Abuja, adding that Usman who got the substance from Lagos was taking it to Kano.
Similarly, the Agency seized 146 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 2,044 kilograms at the Ugbuwe Forest in Ovia North East LGA.
It stated, “In Kaduna State, operatives of the Birnin Gwari Area Command of the agency raided the home of one Joseph Sunday at Ungwa Pama, Kaduna, where they recovered 48.3kg of cannabis from his room following credible intelligence.
“In Kano State, one Ikechukwu Aleke was arrested with 30,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and 99 bottles of Codeine syrup.
“In addition to the arrest was one Muktar Muhammad, with 370 bottles of codeine cough syrup, weighing 60.4kg, as well as 900 tablets of Rohypnol.
“Also arrested in Kano was Sufiyanu Abubakar, 24, with 400 plastic bottles of Codeine cough syrup weighing 52kg. As well as one Mutta Wada, who specializes in using courier firms to send drugs to a recipient in China, using cooking spices bottles for concealment.”
According to the Agency, over 77.5 kilograms of cannabis and monkey tail were intercepted at Odigbo town in Odigbo LGA, in Ondo state where operatives arrested one Basiru Ijiniga.
Psychotropic substances like Diazepam, Tramadol, Swinol, and Rophynol were also seized from one Ibrahim Umaru in the Sabo area of Akure South LGA.
Commenting on the arrests, the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the operatives for their unrelenting commitment to the presidential mandate to clear Nigerian forests and communities of illicit drugs.
“We have all laid our hands on the plow, there’s no looking back, no retreat or surrender.
“I urge all our officers and men to intensify the ongoing offensive action until the last gram of illicit drug is taken away from merchants of death,” he said