The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had seized 5,460.34 kilograms of skunk in Lagos, Edo, Bauchi, Kaduna, Oyo and Delta states.
A statement by NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi also said that NDLEA operatives in Lagos on Dec. 11 intercepted a truck and a bus conveying 113 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa.
He said that the seized substances, which weighed 4,802.84 kilograms, were intercepted around the Victoria Garden City (VGC) Estate in Ajah, Lagos.
He added that three suspects — Taofeek Yusuf; Ifeanyi Okorie and Israel Nwachukwu — were arrested in connection with the seizures.
Also, acting on intelligence, operatives in Edo State on Friday, Dec. 16, intercepted a Honda Ridgeline pick-up vehicle with Reg. No BWR 699 CV, loaded with 29 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 319 kilograms.
Babafemi said that the driver of the vehicle, Alfred Vratombo, 32, was arrested with fake police uniform, which he was using to deceive security men on the road.
Besides, an attempt by a drug dealer, Chucks Kalu, 29, to smuggle into Kano 26 kilograms of cannabis, concealed inside packs of blenders, was thwarted by operatives who intercepted the consignment along the Abuja-Kaduna express road.
Babafemi said that the suspect was later arrested in a follow-up operation in Kano, just as another suspect, Sa’ad Abubakar, 42, was also arrested in a follow-up operation in Kano.
He said that Abubakar’s arrest followed the seizure of a consignment 1,980 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, concealed inside cartons, which was seized on the Abuja-Kaduna express road.
“In Bauchi State, operatives on Saturday, Dec. 17, arrested Muhammed Ahmed, 40, with 288 blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 244.5 kilograms, in Darazo area of the state.
“In Delta, NDLEA officers stormed the home of a drug kingpin, Ozioma Okrika, in Usiefurum town, Ughelli South LGA, where an underground drug bunk was uncovered in a three-bedroom bungalow, owned by the suspect who is now at large.
“17.6 kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered from the bunk, in addition to a 2003 silver Golf car with registration number, Lagos KJA 572 AZ, used for the distribution of drugs within and outside Warri,” he said.
The NDLEA spokesman said that a suspect, Yusuf Ayinde, 40, was arrested with 50.4 kilogramss of cannabis in his residence at Idi-Ose via Amuloko, Ona-Ara LGA in Oyo State, on Saturday, Dec. 17.