NDLEA apprehends 8 suspected bandits in Ondo forest

NDLEA apprehends 8 suspected bandits in Ondo forest

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested eight suspected bandits in Ala Forest, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

 

Mr Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

 

Babafemi named the arrested suspects as Austin Dickson, 47, who was the gang leader; Sunday Adekunle, 31; Kayode Oluwaseun, 29; Kolawole Kazeem, 33; Oladimeji Makinde, 37; Emeka Charles, 46; Ojo Oluwadare, 40 and Lanre Oluwajana, 44.

 

“The suspected bandits were nabbed on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

 

“Items recovered from them include 25 bags of cannabis sativa, weighing 296 kilograms, six explosive devices, six cartridges, four motorcycles and assorted charms used in terrorising farmers in the forest,” he said.

 

Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives also discovered 5.5 kilograms of cannabis, concealed in CD players, in a commercial bus along Sokoto-Bodinga road on Saturday.

 

“Upon search, 5.5 kilograms of cannabis were discovered inside the CD players and the owner, Nasiru Ibrahim, arrested.

 

“While in another bus, a suspected bandit, Sani Ibrahim, 37, was arrested with some ammunition and cannabis sativa along Kware road, Sokoto State,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, an Abuja-based businesswoman, Onyinye Nwoke, 38, has been arrested, following an intelligence-led raid of her residence at 56 Aldenco Estate, Galadimawa.

 

He added that the operatives uprooted fresh stems of cannabis plants grown at the backyard of the house, weighing 18.4 kilograms, while 800grams of cannabis seeds were also recovered from the house.

 

Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of the Sokoto, Ondo and FCT commands for the arrests and seizures.

 

Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country to intensify the heat on drug cartels in Nigeria, while reinforcing their efforts to reduce the supply and demand of illicit drugs.

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