By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled an attempt by a syndicate to export illicit drugs through the Lagos airport during an outward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Oman via Addis Ababa.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that a suspect, Jonah Chukwuemeka, was arrested in connection with the drugs.
Babafemi said that a total of 1,995 Tramadol tablets, weighing 900 grams and concealed in locust beans in the suspect’s luggage, was intercepted.
He said that the bag containing the illicit substance was handed over to the suspect at the airport by a man, Olagunju Abbas, who was promptly arrested.
In the same vein, packs of Tramadol 225mg., containing 119,500 capsules, were on Thursday transferred to NDLEA by the Nigeria Customs at the cargo wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.
“The consignment had come in through Ethiopian Airlines from Pakistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives on Saturday raided an automobile shop, Bolak Motors, at Ewela bus stop, Oshodi, where bags containing 615.2 kilograms of cannabis were seized, along with nine vehicles.
Babafemi said that efforts were ongoing to track the car dealer, Alhaji Ismail, who was at large.
Besides, the NDLEA spokesman said that no fewer than eight suspects were arrested and bags of illicit drugs seized in Lagos.
He said that this was when NDLEA operatives raided Akerele area of Agege, Shogunle and Mafoluku areas of Oshodi, Fagba area of Ogba, Ipodo area of Ikeja and Iyana Ipaja park.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of the MMIA and Lagos commands for the arrests and seizures.
Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country not to rest on their oars, as the agency would always strive to apprehend drug traffickers and abusers.