By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has thwarted an attempt by a 32-year-old businesswoman, Mrs Pamela Odin, to traffic 2.150 kilograms of Rohypnol tablets through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
The Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known via a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the mother of one was arrested on Sept. 23, while attempting to board a Turkish Airlines flight with the drug concealed inside pepper and packed among foodstuff.
He said that the suspect, an indigene of Afiesere village, Ughelli North Local Government in Delta, claimed that she operated a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey.
“She claimed to come to Nigeria to see her relatives and buy food items for her restaurant business,” he added.
Meanwhile, two Malians — Mohammed Demoele, 38 and Coulibaly Maliki, 56 — have been arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of the NDLEA at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos.
Babafemi said that the suspects were arrested for attempting to export 34.2-kilogram bottles of a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic.
In another development, NDLEA operatives on Sept., 29 intercepted 100 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 73.5 kilograms, concealed inside animal feeds in Taraba.
Babafemi said that a physically challenged drug dealer, Abdulrahman Mohammed, was also arrested with 104 kilograms of compressed cannabis sativa.
He said that the suspect was arrested on Saturday in Ogun State by NDLEA operatives.
“Another suspect, Ms. Safiya Bello, was also arrested in Shagamu area of the state with 27 kilograms of the psychotropic substance,” he added.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men at the NAIA, Taraba and Ogun commands for their resilience.
Marwa charged them and others across the country to intensify the ongoing offensive against drug cartels and traffickers wherever they might be located across the country.