The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested three alleged drug traffickers with cocaine which weighed 1.1 kilogrammes at N264 million in street value.
The agency disclosed this in a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy (NDLEA), on Wednesday via its Twitter account.
According to Babafemi, the first suspect, Emeka Okoro, and another suspected drug dealer, Ibrahim Bello, were arrested in Abuja by operatives of the agency.
While the third trafficker, Okoro, was intercepted with 900 grammes of cocaine in a commercial bus along Abuja-Gwagwalada road on Monday, April 26, 2021, after it received intelligence.
Babafemi further stated that Bello was nabbed with 200 grammes of the illicit drug in Zuba area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the same day through a controlled delivery operation.
The statement read: “According to the Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, Okoro was an intending traveller to Libya through Kano and Agadez in Niger Republic, with wraps of cocaine weighing 900 grammes while the other seizure of 200 grammes was equally made following intelligence on the 26th April, 2021.
“The wraps of cocaine were not to be swallowed as has always been the case, but to be concealed in Jerry cans of palm oil and transported through the border in Kano to Agadez and Libya. The suspect, Emeka Okoro revealed that this has been the trend in the past months, the FCT Commander of NDLEA disclosed.”
Elsewhere, the Kogi state Command of the agency arrested one Christian Godwin, 43, who was intercepted with 157.5 kilogrammes of skunk concealed in false panels in a Peugeot JS bus with registration number Lagos AGL 641 XW.
“According to the Commander, Kogi state Command of the Agency, Adewunmi Alfred, the suspect and his consignment were intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja, the state capital. The skunk was sourced from Ikire in Osun state and heading to Masaka in Nasarawa state before our men arrested the suspect, seized the illicit drug and the vehicle used to convey it on Monday 26th April, 2021.
“Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended officers and men of the FCT and Kogi state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of iUicit drugs. These seizures and arrests in FCT and Kogi point to the fact that we will continue to disrupt and dismantle the drug supply networks of these unconscionable elements and deny them the benefit of their illegal trade,” the statement read.