NDLEA arrests 75-year-old grandfather over Indian hemp

NDLEA arrests 75-year-old grandfather over Indian hemp

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 75-year-old grandfather, Usman Bahama, alias Clement, and 21 others across the country for being in possession of tons of illicit drugs.

 

The suspects were arrested in raids carried out in seven states.

 

The Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said that the septuagenarian was arrested on Sept. 20 at Anguwan Sate, in Mayo Belwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Adamawa.

 

“It was discovered that he had an Indian hemp plantation, from where 49 kilograms of the illicit substance were recovered,’’ he said.

 

Besides, Babafemi said that 1.01 million bottles and capsules of a newly-banned psychoactive substance, Akuskura, and tramadol were intercepted during the operations.

 

He added that 2,536 kilograms of Indian hemp were seized, while more than 10 hectares of Akuskura farms were destroyed in Edo and Adamawa.

 

NDLEA operatives also intercepted at least 19,878 bottles of Akuskura on the Ilorin-Jebba highway in Kwara State on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

 

Babafemi stated that two suspects, Oladokun Oluwaseun, 49, and Ibrahim Jimoh, 27, were arrested in connection with the drug.

 

“They claimed the consignment, packed in 35 jumbo sacks, was loaded in Ibadan, and meant for distribution in Jos.

 

“Earlier, two suspects, Ukoro Ifeanyi, 46, and Idowu Toyosi, 20, were arrested with 2,290 capsules of tramadol and 100 bottles of codeine-based syrup at Mararaba Park, Ilorin.

 

“The drugs were brought in from Onitsha, Anambra,’’ he said.

 

NDLEA operatives also intercepted a Volvo truck loaded with 2,146 kilograms of Indian hemp at Sangotedo Area of Ajah in Lagos State.

 

Babafemi said that three suspects — Abdulazeez Rasheed, Afeez Raheem and Moshood Suleiman — were arrested in connection with the drug.

 

“At least, 979,119 capsules of expired `Pregabalin’, weighing 733 kilograms, were recovered from one Musbahu Ya’u, 28, and five others at Dansarai Area of Kano.

 

“In Enugu, 197.8 kilograms of Indian hemp were recovered from a store at New Market, on Tuesday Sept., 20,’’ he added.

 

He also stated that 117.7 kilograms of psychoactive substances were intercepted on the Okene-Abuja Expressway in a truck travelling from Lagos to Abuja.

 

Babafemi added that six Indian hemp farmers were arrested when NDLEA operatives stormed their farms in Edo.

 

They were arrested at Chigbite, in Utese Forest in Ovia Northeast LGA and at Ekudo Forest in Uhunmonde LGA of the state.

 

The operatives destroyed more than 10 hectares of Indian hemp plantations and seized more than 193 kilograms of the illicit substance in the process.

 

“Those arrested are David Hanson, Ufuoma Progress, Marvelous Armstrong, Marvelous Efe, Joshua Abubakar and Elijah Abubakar,’’ Babafemi said.

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