On Sunday, the National Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed the arrest of Ajisegiri Sidika, a 56-year-old widow, suspected of trying to traffic 400 grams of cocaine hidden in her shoe to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, through Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Ikeja, Lagos State.
The agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement that the suspect, who claimed to be a businesswoman dealing in adult and children’s clothing, was intercepted on Sunday, November 13, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight bound for Saudi Arabia. doha.
According to Babafemi, two packets of cocaine weighing 400 grams were found after a rigorous inspection of the pair of sandals she was wearing.
He added: “Similarly, Ayoade Tayo, a seller of tricycle parts, attempted to deliver 1kg of Tramadol 225mg and Rohypnol to Istanbul, Turkey via Cairo on the same day on an EgyptAir flight, but was also arrested by NDLEA agents.
“He handed drugs hidden in a bag of food at the airport to a would-be passenger, Idowu Ayoade, but was arrested before he could do so.”
The Narcotics Agency spokesman also noted that Agbamuc Nkeonye, a passenger intending to fly to Oman on Asky Airways, and a woman, Adeoye Fatimo, accompanied him to present a bag containing various food items and body lotion to hide 1.10 kg of Cannabis and some Rohypnol capsules were also arrested in the departure hall of Lagos airport on Thursday, November 18.
Babafemi added that on Wednesday, November 17, anti-narcotics officers attached to the airport’s SAHCO export shed similarly thwarted an attempt by traffickers to smuggle marijuana and ecstasy hidden in three yam tubers into Dubai, UAE.
“Inegbu Akunna, the freight forwarder who provided the yams for export, was arrested immediately, while the consignor, Ahmodu Sulaimon, was subsequently arrested.
“At the Brawal container shed at Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, Lagos, NDLEA staff during a joint inspection with Customs also intercepted cartons of the deadly beverage in a container marked APZU3671697.
“While the bill of lading indicated that the container originated in Cape Town, South Africa, a search of the shipper’s database revealed that it was loaded from Antwerp, Belgium.
“A full inspection of the containers on Thursday, November 18 revealed that a total of five cases of beverages labeled Euphoria cannabis beer and three cases of cannabis energy drinks were found. Other beverages in the containers included 21 cases of beverages labeled Monkey Shoulder; 20 cases of dead man’s fingers; and 139 champagne fruits, etc.”
In a related development, no less than 5.6 kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine were found in items such as gaming stations, bicycles, electric propellers and local fabrics exported to Australia and Cyprus via a number of couriers in Lagos, Babafemi said. and tramadol.
He noted that two suspects, Gabriel Emeka and Vintura Grillo, were arrested in a follow-up operation related to one of the seizures.
He added, “In Niger State, NDLEA agents conducted a stop and search operation along the Mokwa-Jebba road on Saturday, November 12, resulting in the arrest of two suspects, Ismail Musa and Jidda Abbas, who were carrying 10,780 bottles of Akuskura, a A new psychoactive substance concealed inside two Toyota Camry sedans marked AGL 861 GS Lagos and KMK 118 SC Bayelsa. The cargo loaded in Ibadan, Oyo State will be transported to Abuja for distribution.”
Agents intercepted 25,000 tramadol capsules in Plateau State and in a follow-up operation by Bauchi arrested owner Ifeanyi Nweanwe, a brewery operator, while Babafemi noted that the interception was carried out on a commercial bus in Asaba, Delta. Opioids worth more than N30m were taken by the state on Thursday 18 November.
He added, “In Ondo state, agents stormed into the Ijare forest of Ifedore LGA on Friday, November 19, where they recovered a total of 600.5 kg of cannabis weed and seeds, while 142.8 kg were seized during a raid by NDLEA officers. Sector 3 Auto Park in the Wuse area of Abuja.
“Similarly, agents conducting routine stop and search patrols along the Owerri-Onitsha Road apprehended a suspect, Nwankwo Emmanuel, who was carrying 25 bales weighing 12.5 kilos of marijuana.”