NDLEA intercepts 3.1m opioid pills, others in 6 states

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted over 3.1 million opioid pills in Kano, Kogi, Abia, Lagos, Ogun and Borno respectively.

A statement by the NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday, in Abuja, said the operatives had raided some parts of the named states in the past week.

Babafemi said operatives in Ogun on Thursday, February 29 recovered 169kg consignment of cannabis abandoned in a truck at Sagamu tollgate.

He said their counterparts in Lagos seized 25 cartons of tramadol containing 325,000 pills in Ikeja the previous day, Wednesday, February 28.

“The same day, a suspect, Abdullahi Khalil, 42, was arrested and 2,745,000 capsules of pregabalin were recovered from him at Singer market, Sabon Gari area of Kano State.

“He was handed over to the Kano State command of the NDLEA by the Department of State Security Services, DSS, “he said.

Also, the 243 Recce Battalion, Nigerian Army, Badagry, on Saturday, March 2 transferred 27 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1,110kg, recovered at a coastal community, Ajido by soldiers, to the Seme Special Area Command of NDLEA.

“A suspect, Hassan Muhammad, 34, was on Saturday, March 2, arrested with 44,950 pills of tramadol at the Moranti area of Borno, by the NDLEA operatives.

“In Abia, NDLEA operatives on Thursday, February 29 raided a drug joint at Cemetery Barracks, Aba, where Ifeanyi Uche, 37, was arrested with different quantities of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

“Another raid was carried out at the abandoned Enyimba Hotel, Ogbor Hill, Aba, where illicit substances were seized and the suspects arrested on Friday, March 1, “he added.

In another development, in Kogi, NDLEA officers on a stop and search operation along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway on Friday, March 1, intercepted a commercial bus marked GRM 347XA (Borno).

Babafemi said the bus was conveying 28 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) weighing 11kg.

Also, 100 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup and 500 tablets of diazepam, all concealed in three plastic drums covered with cattle fats, heading to Jos, Plateau, were intercepted by the officials of the NDLEA.

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