NDLEA arrests 70-year-old grandpa, seizes N2.1bn codeine, Loud consignments

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a 70-year-old grandfather with 57.2kg of hashish in Nasarawa State and in addition seized over N2.1bn codeine-based syrup and Loud -a artificial hashish pressure, on the Port Harcourt seaports and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Also arrested by the anti-drug operatives had been two suspects with 426kg of hashish in Ekiti State.

The developments had been made identified on Sunday in a press release signed by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

The anti-narcotics company additionally made different arrests within the FCT, Katsina, and Nasarawa states.

The assertion learn, “Large consignments of codeine-based syrup and Loud, an artificial pressure of hashish value over N2.1bn in road worth have been intercepted on the Port Harcourt seaports, Onne and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

“At the Lagos airport, the NDLEA officers with the cooperation of different safety businesses on Friday, May 31, 2024, intercepted a big consignment of Loud, packed in eight suitcases, containing 320 parcels with a complete weight of 164.50kg of the robust psychoactive substance coming from Canada on a KLM flight by way of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“The consignment estimated to be worth N960m which was brought in by a passenger, Ughenu Nnaife Francis, was discovered at the E-arrival hall of the airport by personnel of the NDLEA, customs and others during a joint search operation by the security operatives while the suspect was attempting to smuggle the suitcases out of the hall.”

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According to the assertion, the suspect arrested on the Lagos airport claimed he was recruited to move medication from Canada to Nigeria for a price of N6m.

The suspect stated he was a resident of Germany however travelled to Toronto to gather the medication and was caught with a big consignment of Loud, an artificial hashish pressure, value N960m.

Meanwhile, the NDLEA operatives on the Port Harcourt Ports Complex seized a container from India containing 1,750 cartons of codeine, weighing 26,250kg and valued at N1.225bn. The container, marked TEMU 6807401, was destined for Enugu and was found throughout a joint examination by the NDLEA, customs, and different safety businesses.

The operatives additionally arrested a 25-year-old girl, Blessing Thomas, in Abuja on May 31, after discovering 1kg of methamphetamine in her possession. She was travelling by bus from Lagos to Yola, Adamawa State when she was caught alongside the Kwali-Gwagwalada Expressway.

The assertion added, “In the identical vein, operatives in Nasarawa State on Wednesday, May 29, nabbed a 70-year-old grandfather, Muhammadu Ibrahim, with 57.2kg hashish in Lafia, the state capital.

“Two suspects: Suleiman Kazeem, 35, and Sunday Gbenga, 20, had been arrested when the NDLEA officers raided Ara forest, Ara-Ekiti in Ekiti State the place they recovered 426 kilograms of hashish sativa already processed and packed in huge sacks, whereas they destroyed over 4,000kg of identical substance on 1.66 hectares of farmland on Thursday, May 30.

“In Katsina State, 76 blocks of cannabis weighing 42kg were seized from a Nigerien, Suleman Audu, 29, when he was arrested by the NDLEA officers along Zaria-Malumfashi Road on Wednesday, May 29.”



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