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NDLEA detains a leper, a blind grandfather, and others for drug trafficking

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A 67-year-old blind grandfather, a known leper, and another person were all taken into custody by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug trafficking.

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Aliyu Adebiyi, the blind suspect, was apprehended in Osun State, according to a statement released on Sunday, January 22, 2023, by the NDLEA’s director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

“NDLEA agents in Osun state detained a blind 67-year-old grandfather named Aliyu Adebiyi on January 20 after discovering 234 kilograms of marijuana in his home in Sokoto village, Owena Ijesa, Atakumosa East LGA. According to his account, a drug dealer maintained the consignment with him for three months at a cost of N6,000 ahead and N6,000 each month.

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On Thursday, January 19, the infamous drug dealer Haruna Abdullahi, a 45-year-old leper, was apprehended in Garko Town, Kano, and 2.2 kg of cannabis and varied amounts of Diazepam and Exol were found on him.

In a similar vein, agents of the NDLEA foiled drug cartels from Brazil and Canada’s desperate attempts to import 126.95 kilograms of cocaine and skunk concealed in herbal tea packs and imported vehicles into Nigeria at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, and the Tincan seaport in Lagos.

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“On Friday, January 20, at around 12:30 p.m., an Ethiopian Airline male passenger named Eze Christian Ikenna, 42, who was traveling from Brazil via Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, was intercepted upon arrival at the airport.

“A search of his two suitcases turned up 19 large sachets, which he claimed were herbal tea but were later determined to be 16.20 kg of cocaine.

“In a similar vein, a joint examination conducted on a container marked TCLU 7799237 from Montreal, Canada at Sifax Okota Bonded Terminal on Wednesday, January 18, by NDLEA agents assigned to Tincan Command of the Agency resulted in the discovery of 110.75kgs of cannabis indica concealed in two of the four vehicles in the container: a 2011 Toyota Sienna and a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV.

“The Agency’s deliberate efforts to reduce access to illicit opioids once more paid off on Tuesday when a shipment of Tramadol that NDLEA agents had been tracking for several months was eventually found in a warehouse in the Amuwo Odofin neighborhood of Lagos.

“One Million Six Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand Five Hundred and Sixty (1,645,560) Tramadol 100mg, 200mg, and 225mg pills were recovered when the store was opened.

On the same day, 60,000 more Tramadol 250mg pills were seized from Diugwu Alphonsus, a wanted drug dealer in the Bariga area of the state. Meanwhile, 781.7kg of cannabis was seized during searches on Wednesday, January 18, and Friday, January 20, in the Akala area of Mushin.

Ondo State’s Ilale, Owo sawmill was raided by agents on the basis of reliable information, and they found no less than 370kg of cannabis within.

A suspect named Uche was found with 261 kilos of the illegal substance on Monday at Uneme-Osu, Ososo Road in the Akoko Edo region of the state. Another 74 kilograms of the illegal material were extricated from a bush in Okpela fertiliser community in Etsako East LGA.

Based on reliable information that a dealer was running a batcher outside the town, NDLEA agents stormed the Lugbe area of the FCT on January 16 in Abuja.

After searching the batcher, authorities found 42.9 kg of cannabis, 15 grams of cocaine, 137 grams of methamphetamine, and just N2,148,500 in cash, which is thought to be the proceeds of illicit activity.

In response to the seizures and arrests made by the Lagos, AIIA, Tincan, Osun, Kano, Ondo, Edo, and FCT Commands over the course of the previous week, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, commended all the officers involved in the operations and urged them and their compatriots across the nation to remain steadfast and focused on winning the war against drug abuse and

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