22,160kg Codeine, Meth, Loud seized at Lagos seaport, Mushin raids


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Operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency have seized over 22,160 kilograms of Codeine syrup, Methamphetamine and Skunk at Apapa seaport and a notorious drug den, Akala, Mushin, Lagos in two major operations in Lagos State.

The Director, Media and Publicity, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday.

He said that the operatives of the Agency also seized 14,08kg codeine syrup of 8,080 liters and 4,352.43kg cold caps from the drug dealers.

According to him, the gold caps which were used to conceal the drugs in a 40ft container imported from India, were intercepted on Wednesday 2nd February, 2022 at the Apapa port.

Babafemi said further that large quantity Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana and Methamphetamine weighing 3,727.72kg were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin where 17 suspects including five females were arrested on Thursday 3rd Feb.

He said that the NDLEA seizures at the Lagos seaport were in response to intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders.

He stated further that NDLEA Strike Force operatives put up concerted efforts with the military to storm, fortified warehouses in Akala, Mushin, a deadly drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine.

He stated further that the NDLEA’s dragnet caught a big female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Seriki, the owner of 12,385 pellets of Loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 27th November2021, after weeks of manhunt.

He said that the suspect, Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin, admitted being one the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs had ‘Jah Bless’ written on them. He said that when eventually identified and sorted, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg.

Babafemi stated further that a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police station, Ondo state, who was dismissed from service for drug related offences, Mr. Monday George Chika, was again been arrested with an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg in Niger State.

He said that the duo were arrested on Sunday Jan. 30thin Mokwa, Niger State, when their Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos) loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the state was intercepted.

“At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the airport.

“The first bid was made on Friday 28th Jan. through the SAHCO export shed where operatives intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in relaxer plasticcontainer heading to the UK. A suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for search had been arrested for further investigation.

“The second attempt was on Friday 4th February during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airline going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500grams of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers.

“Also at the airport, a male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight on Sunday 30th Jan.” The statement added

Babafemi stated further that
operatives stormed the Igbogiri forest, Orhionwon LGA, Edo State on February 4, and destroyed four dry season Cannabis farms measuring 3.067718 hectares.

The operatives also carried out evacuation of 20 bags of compressed blocks of Cannabis weighing 269.5kg stored in a bush at Uzebba, Owan West LGA, the previous day and arrested one Afadama James, 42, with 348kg cannabis at Owan, Ovia North East LGA on Wednesday 2nd Feb.

He said that a 21 year old student of
Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Kate Osagie was arrested for being in possession of over a 17.6grams designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra state.

The NDLEA Media Director added that operatives nabbed one Fatima Musa, 30, for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the camp of surrendered insurgents in February 3, in Borno State

Babafemi said that the operatives intercepted a truck marked LSD857XB coming from Ekpoma, Edo State with 885 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 736kg.

He said that similar arrests were made in Kwarra and Abuja where large quantities of drugs were seized.

Babafemi quoted the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) to have “commended officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the Agency for the successful interdiction operations that led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs from across the country in the past week. He charged them and their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars.”


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