NDLEA Seizes Massive Opioid Haul, Arrests 8 in Multi-State Operation

NDLEA intercepts three trailer loads of opioids, seizing 3.45 million pills and 344,000 codeine bottles, and arrests eight suspects across four states. The operation also nets two senior citizens, a 75-year-old grandpa and a 70-year-old grandma, for drug trafficking.

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NDLEA Seizes Massive Opioid Haul, Arrests 8 in Multi-State Operation

NDLEA Seizes Massive Opioid Haul, Arrests 8 in Multi-State Operation

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced a major breakthrough in its fight against illicit drug trafficking, intercepting three trailer loads of opioids and arresting eight suspects across Lagos, Adamawa, Ekiti, and Benue states. The massive haul, seized on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at the AML bonded terminal in Abule-Osun, Lagos, included a staggering 3,450,000 pills of opioids and 344,000 bottles of codeine syrup, among other illicit substances.

Why this matters: This massive drug bust highlights the severity of the drug trafficking problem in Nigeria and the need for continued efforts to combat the illegal drug trade. The large quantity of opioids and codeine syrup seized in this operation has the potential to save countless lives and prevent widespread addiction.

The consignments, worth billions of Naira, were en route to a large warehouse at Abule-Ado, where three suspects were apprehended: Cosmas Obiajulu, 51, the warehouse agent; and Ridwan Balogun, 25, and Banjo Tayo, 30, both drivers of two of the trucks. In the Coker area of Lagos, NDLEA operatives also arrested Nwankwo Ejike and Clinton Akinye, recovering 100 liters and 60 liters of codeine syrup, respectively. Another suspect, Adegbola Segun, 47, was intercepted at Mile 12 with 37.5kg of cannabis sativa in his car.

The operation extended beyond Lagos, with NDLEA officers intercepting a consignment of 59,106 pills of tramadol and various quantities of codeine syrup and Rohypnol being smuggled across the border to Garua, Cameroon, in Adamawa state. Two suspects, Abubakar Auwal, 39, and Adamu Abubakar, 25, were arrested in connection with the seizure.

In a notable development, the NDLEA apprehended two senior citizens in connection with drug trafficking. Jibril Audu, a 75-year-old grandpa, was arrested with 7.5 kilograms of cannabis at Oke-asa village, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Similarly, Tikwase Nytor, a 70-year-old grandma, was caught with 15.6kg of cannabis during a raid operation at Achusa and International Market road, Makurdi, Benue State.

The NDLEA has been conducting advocacy campaigns across the country as part of its War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative. Recent sensitization lectures and visits targeted schools, markets, worship centers, and communities, including Sultan Bello Jummat Mosque in Kaduna, Oduduwa University and Polytechnic in Osun, Nigerian Tulip International Colleges in Kano, Federal University of Technology in Jigawa, Father Tansi International College in Anambra, and the City of God cathedral in Lagos.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, commended the efforts of the Lagos, Edo, Ekiti, Benue, and Adamawa Commands for their achievements. "The agency will continue to work with local and international partners to ensure that the scourge of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking is brought to the barest minimum in Nigeria," quarter Marwa assured, reaffirming the NDLEA's commitment to combating the drug menace.

Key Takeaways

  • NDLEA intercepts 3 trailer loads of opioids, 3.5m pills, and 344,000 codeine bottles in Lagos.
  • 8 suspects arrested across Lagos, Adamawa, Ekiti, and Benue states.
  • Operation seizes consignments worth billions of Naira.
  • NDLEA also arrests 2 senior citizens, a 75-year-old grandpa and a 70-year-old grandma, for drug trafficking.
  • Agency reaffirms commitment to combating drug menace in Nigeria.