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Drug Trafficking: NDLEA Arrests 2 Pregnant Women, Barber at Lagos Airport

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Grace Egila

As the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, intercepts large consignments of drugs in Kaduna, Yobe, and Plateau, two pregnant women are among drug traffickers arrested by operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos for attempting to import and export illicit drugs through the airport last week.

In a statement, Sunday, the Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi said the first to enter the Agency’s dragnet is a Brazilian returnee, Nworie Phillip Chikwendu who was arrested on Tuesday, May 3rd during an inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil en route Doha to Lagos.

According to the statement, after a thorough search of the luggage, two parcels of cocaine were discovered concealed in a pair of brown slippers hidden in his oxblood backpack.

Furthermore, it was discovered that the pair of black slippers worn by the suspect also led to the recovery of additional two parcels of cocaine built into the soles of his footwear, bringing the total to four parcels weighing 800grams.

When undergoing a preliminary interview, Nworie who claimed to be a barber in Sao Paulo, said he came to Nigeria for the burial of his father.

He said that he decided to get into the criminal act because his trip was sponsored by his Brazil-based friend who gave him the drug to deliver in Lagos for a fee of N2, 000, 000.

On 4 May 2022, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the airport intercepted some cartons of alcoholic drinks suspected to contain illicit drugs, The statement added.

A freight agent who brought the consignment for export to Dubai, UAE, Shola Ogunrinde was immediately arrested while a follow-up operation led to the arrest of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Seun Babatunde, who operates an alcohol joint in the Pleasure area of Iyana Ipaja.

“When the cartons were opened in the presence of the agent and the pregnant owner, seven parcels of cannabis and a sachet of ecstasy drug (MDMA) were found concealed inside Cans of black bullet alcoholic drinks.

“While making her confession, Mrs. Babatunde claimed the drugs were being sent to her husband who lives in Dubai.”

Mrs. Gloria Asibor the second pregnant woman, was arrested on Thursday 5th May while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Bolonia, Spain via Istanbul, Turkey.

A search of her luggage containing food items led to the discovery of 300 tablets of 200mg and 225mg high dosage Tramadol concealed in crayfish.

Meanwhile, large consignments of psychoactive substances have been intercepted in parts of Northwest, Northeast, and Northcentral.

In Kaduna, a drug dealer, Obinna Anene a.k.a Young Alhaji was arrested on Friday 6th May at Buwaya Kaduna with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 9kg; 595 tablets of Tramadol weighing 318grams and 8 tablets of Co-codamol weighing 6grams.

On the same day, a trafficker, Alhaji Modu Yahaya was caught with 26.5kg of cannabis in Damaturu, Yobe state while traveling in a commercial vehicle from Abuja to Maiduguri, Borno state.

The record has it that, at least, nine drug dealers were arrested by operatives in Lagos on Thursday 5th May during raids in black spots in Mushin Olosha and Akala as well as Langbasa and Ikota in Ajah area of the state, with different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cannabis, and Skuchies.

Those arrested include Kehinde Ilori; Osho Demola Nurudeen; Kamarudeen Isiaka; Kazeem Ishola; Afeez Adebolade; Oguntana Aduragbemi; Chuks Alowai; Mrs. Bola Kazeem and Kehinde Ogunleye.

Also in Plateau, NDLEA operatives on Saturday 7th of May, intercepted a truck carrying 673.3kg cannabis along Bassa/Rukuba Barracks Road in Jos while the driver and his assistant fled into the bush.

In other parts of the state capital, two dealers; Manga Emmanuel and Yusuf Usman were arrested with 34 pinches of cocaine and 400grams of cannabis at old airport and Rikkos respectively.

Commenting, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Kaduna, Yobe, Lagos, and Plateau Commands of the Agency for the arrests and seizures.

He, however, charged them and those in other commands across the country to sustain the heat on drug cartels as well as balance their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.

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