Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have again raided N4.8 billion worth of illicit drugs at a warehouse tucked in the heart of the popular International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos State.
The Agency made this known in a statement signed by its Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi shared on the agency’s Facebook page on Sunday.
The statement in part said, “Multi-billion naira worth of illicit drugs were again seized at a warehouse tucked in the midst of popular International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA on Saturday 19th August.
In a harvest of raids at the weekend, operatives also recovered from the warehouse of a wanted billionaire drug baron some 1.4 million pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826kgs, 3.2 million pills of codeine with gross weight of 3,360kgs, and 2,841 cartons of codeine syrup containing 284,100 bottles with 28,410 litres of the psychoactive substance, with a combined street value of N4.8 billion.
The latest drug warehouse bust is coming on the heels of the arrest of a drug baroness, Faith Ebele Nwankwo who was nabbed on Wednesday 9th August with Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (2,750,000) pills of Tramaking, a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg recovered from her residence at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, Festac area of Lagos and a warehouse located at Plot 3432 Sola Akinsola Street, Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
Earlier, NDLEA operatives on Friday, August 18, intercepted $20 million notes suspected to be counterfeit, during a stop and search operation along Abaji-Lokoja road, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The suspected fake monies were recovered from a bus coming from Lagos to Abuja, while the 53-year-old driver, Onyebuchi Nlededin, was arrested. The previous day, Thursday, August 17, one Jude Ndubuisi, 52, was arrested with 2.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamine during a raid operation at Kabusa village, FCT.
Meanwhile, In Osun, NDLEA operatives in the early hours of Saturday 19th August destroyed clusters of cannabis farms measuring about 3.49000 hectares (over 7.5 tons) at Mopatedo in Ifedayo local government area of the State. Two suspects: Sunday Otogbo, 40, and Peter Andel Makra, 35, were arrested inside the cannabis farms. Additional 30 kg cannabis weeds and 16.9kg of cannabis seeds were also recovered from the farms.
At least, three suspects: Ndubuisi Okorie, 44; Ebilima Emmanuel, 38, and Okechukwu Anthony Smart, 40, were arrested in connection with the seizure of 168 kg cannabis consignment from them when their vehicle was intercepted along Owerri-Onitsha expressway, Imo state on Saturday 19th August.
Another shipment of controlled drugs containing 6,000 capsules of tramadol, 1,200 tablets of swinol, 155 bottles of codeine syrup and 20 tabs of Molly was equally seized on the same road on Sunday 13th August while a follow-up operation in Oyigbo area of Port Harcourt, Rivers state led to the arrest of the owner of the consignment, Remigius Ogechukwu, 33.
While a teenager, Boniface Odinakachukwu, 19, was apprehended with 99.4kg skunk at Isikwe Road, Achi in Oji-River Local Council of Enugu State on Friday, August 18, a wanted teenage bandit, Aliyu Mohammed Altine, 19, was also arrested by NDLEA operatives along Illela- Sokoto road with some wraps of skunk on Thursday, August 17.
The suspect who is on the wanted list of the police has since been transferred to the police in Sokoto state for further investigation.