By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested two drugs traffickers in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and one other in Kogi State.
Acting on credible intelligence, the NDLEA operatives along Abuja-Gwagwalada road arrested a trans-border trafficker, Emeka Okoro in a commercial bus with 900 grammes cocaine concealed in palm oil Jerry can on Monday, 26 April 2021, while a drug dealer, Ibrahim Bello was arrested in Zuba area of FCT with 200 grammes of illicit drugs on the same day.
The total drugs seized from the traffickers is 1.1kilogramme of cocaine, which has a street value of N264million.
Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA headquarters, Femi Babafemi in a statement yesterday said the commander, FCT command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto said “Okoro was an intending traveller to Libya through Kano and Agadez in Niger Republic, with wraps of cocaine weighing 900 grammes while the other seizure of 200 grammes was equally made following intelligence on the 26th April, 2021.
“The wraps of cocaine were not to be swallowed as has always been the case, but to be concealed in Jerry cans of palm oil and transported through the border in Kano to Agadez and Libya.
“The suspect, Emeka Okoro revealed that this has been the trend in the past months.”
Meanwhile, the Kogi State command of NDLEA has intercepted and seized 157.5kilogrammes of skunk concealed in false panels in a Peugeot J5 bus with registration number Lagos AGL 641 XW while a 43-year-old suspect, Christian Godwin was arrested.
According to the commander, Kogi State Command of the agency, Adewunmi Alfred “The suspect and his consignment were intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
“The skunk was sourced from Ikire in Osun state and heading to Masaka in Nasarawa state before our men arrested the suspect, seized the illicit drug and the vehicle used to convey it on Monday 26th April, 2021.”
In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended officers and men of the FCT and Kogi State commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of illicit drugs.
“These seizures and arrests in FCT and Kogi point to the fact that we’ll continue to disrupt and dismantle the drug supply networks of these unconscionable elements and deny them the benefit of their illegal trade,” Marwa said.