•Brazil returnee excretes cocaine pellets at Enugu airport

A 76-year-old grandfather, Osagie Robert has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State.

A suspected fake security agent, Godwin Ilevbare, a.k.a Edwin Agbon, was also apprehended for importing drug chocolates and cookies from Canada into Nigeria to sell.

The septuagenarian, popularly called ‘Old Soldier,’ was arrested on Friday, January 7, 2022 in Egor, Oredo area of the state for dealing in cannabis while Godwin was nabbed during a controlled delivery of a consignment shipped into Nigeria through a courier company.

Thenewsbearer learnt that after the suspect signed for the consignment, undercover operatives embedded in the courier firm arrested him at his apartment in Benin city on Tuesday, January 4.

The consignment, which emanated from Canada, contained Colorado brand of Cannabis concealed inside chocolates and cookies weighing 6.491kg, while the drug cookies and chocolates weighed 5.566kg and 0.383kg respectively, according to the agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

In a related development, 48-year-old Iloduba Augustine, a passenger of Ethiopian Airlines who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was on new year eve arrested and placed on observation, during which he confessed to have swallowed 58 pellets of cocaine, out of which he excreted 48 pellets which were delivered to a Kenyan while on transit in Addis Ababa for a fee of N1million.

He said he continued his journey to Nigeria with the remaining 10 pellets in his stomach, which according to him, he intended to sell in Lagos. The wraps of cocaine were later excreted at 10:40am on New Year day, Saturday, January 1.

In Niger State, 23-year-old Simon Richard, a 500 level student of the Dept. of Agric Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Minna was arrested at Gidan Kwano Talba road, Minna with different quantities of Loud and Tramadol on Thursday, January 6, while in Benue State, a 21-year-old lady, Shidoo Ben was nabbed with 14 pinches of crack cocaine at Jada Hotel, Otukpo on Friday, January 7.

She was said to have travelled from Abuja to sell the drug in Benue.

In addition, a raid of Jigbele Lota camp, Owo area of Ondo state led to the recovery of 598kg cannabis and the arrest of Chukwuemeka Azi on Thursday, January 6.

In Ogun State, two suspects – Mrs. Ajoke Samuel, 60, and Ogundairo Taye, 37, were arrested in Itaka and Odo Eran areas of Abeokuta North with different quantities of cannabis sativa, just as Ibrahim Adamu and Yahaya Mohammed were nabbed with 81kg cannabis along Ilorin-Jebba highway on Tuesday, January 4.

In Plateau state, three siblings – Emmanuel, Timothy and Markus Ngyang Jajoang – were arrested on Thursday, January 6 at Kwakwi village, Riyom Local Government Area with different quantities of cannabis and a locally-made pistol.

At least, two suspects, Sunny Daniel and Joseph Chukwube, were arrested in different parts of Rivers State with quantities of Methamphetamine; heroin, cannabis sativa and cocaine, as well as N364,500 cash on Thursday.

In Delta State, NDLEA operatives who were supported by soldiers on January 5 raided a warehouse in Abbi town, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, where two variants of cannabis, Loud and skunk, weighing 56.5kg believed to have been imported from a neighbouring country as well as two suspects, Miss Lillian Echicheli and Collins Uzokwe, were seized

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of all the commands as well as those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, DOGI, for starting the new year with a strong message to drug cartels that the Agency would not relent in its determination and efforts against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.


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