By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
A determined operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have raided some eateries in Jos, Plateau State capital where freshly baked cakes made with cannabis sativa and 48.726 kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances were recovered.
In a statement today, director, media and advocacy, NDLEA headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi said some of the drug joints raided include KNL Lounge located along Lamingo road and another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low Cost estate, as well as Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos city.
Babafemi said beside the drugged cakes called brownie recovered from the three eateries, psychotropic substances were also seized.
“The substances seized include Barcadin Codeine 14kg; Flunitrazapem 355.5grammes; Tramadol 370.1 grammes; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam 2.5kg and Pentazocine 1.5 kg, totalling 48.726kg.”
According to the statement “The Plateau State commander, Ibrahim Braji disclosed that five persons have so far been arrested in connection to the seized drugs.”
In the same vein, Enugu State command of the agency at the weekend raided the Nsukka axis of the state capital where a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka was arrested with 80.23grammes of cocaine and 3.81grammes of methamphetamine.
The state commander, Abdul Abdullahi said “The command remains committed to unraveling other members of the drug cartel in the state.”
Meanwhile, operatives of the Niger State command of the agency have arrested a 24-year-old 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abel Godwin Idio for selling two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and loud, concealed in textbooks.
The arrest happened in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.
According to the state commander, Haruna Kwetishe, “Abel uses the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell.”
While explaining that Abel was arrested on Friday 30th April, 2021, Kwetishe said two other traffickers; Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu, were arrested the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba road with 32kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.
Chairman/Chief Executive NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Plateau, Enugu and Niger commands of the agency for disrupting the activities of drug cartels in their respective states.
He charged them to remain relentless in pursuit of the agency’s mandate to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.