By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted illicit drugs concealed in Mary’s statue and auto spare parts in Lagos.
The illicit drugs heading for Canada, Philippines and United Arab Emirates (UAE) were intercepted by the anti-narcotics agents from the directorate of operations and general investigations embedded in two courier companies in Lagos.
In a statement yesterday, the director, media and advocacy, NDLEA headquarters, Femi Babafemi said the anti-narcotics agents seized 500grammes of heroin going to Canada, hidden inside auto spare parts from one of the courier firms while 140grammes of Methamphetamine going to Philippines concealed inside statue of Mary was seized from the other courier company.
The director, operations and general investigations, Adeyemi Adeofe disclosed also that 4.1 kg of cannabis going to UAE concealed inside spices, and local herbs were intercepted.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State command of NDLEA in series of raids across the state between 6th and 20th April 2021 arrested 31 suspects and seized 275.552kg of assorted illicit drugs.
According to the acting commander of Ondo command, Callys Alumona, “The sting operations were carried out to curb the increasing rate of drug abuse among the youths and even the elderly in the state.
“This has led to the arrest of 31 suspects, which include 24 males, and 7 females.
“The illicit drugs seized consist of 74.285Kgs of cannabis sativa, 267grammes of psychotropic substances; 201Kgs of skuchies (a combination of cannabis, tramadol, ethanol, and zobo), while many of the drug spots have been dismantled.”
In the same vein, operatives of the Akwa Ibom State command of the agency have intercepted and seized 62.150kg of illicit drugs in Oron and Uyo areas of the state.
The state commander, Mrs. Obot Bassey said “Four suspects were arrested in two sting operations carried out between Thursday 22 and Friday 23 April, 2021.”
Commending the men and officers of the directorate of operations and general investigations, Ondo and Akwa Ibom commands, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) praised their steadfastness and commitment to the new operational maxim of offensive action.
He charged them to stay focused and do more to rid every part of the country from the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking.