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663 persons arrested in NDLEA raids

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A suspected fake soldier and a police officer were among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested during raids by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials in infamous drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.

The NDLEA’s director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday that the exercise also seized and destroyed several illegal drugs weighing more than 153,256,876 kilogrammes.

He said: “In Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in the Mushin area of the state was on Friday, October 15 raided by a combined team of 70 NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code-named: ‘Operation Still Waters.’

“No less than 27 suspects were arrested, while various drugs such as cocaine, heroin, tramadol, Rohypnol and cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.

“A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state, where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized.

“This followed another raid of Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in Oshodi-Isolo area of the state, during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.

“In Ogun State, operatives on Friday, October 15, intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Sagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue State, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs.

This happened after the arrest of the alleged fake soldier Abel John on Apir-Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5 kg of cannabis on Wednesday, October 13.

In the FCT, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano, was arrested along the Gwagwalada Highway while carrying 45.5 kg of cannabis.

Three suspects were also arrested during raids in the villages of Dabba and Luku, Kaiama Local Government Area, Kwara State, seizing more than 64kg of drugs on Wednesday, October 13.

In Ekiti state, NDLEA agents broke into the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun L.G.A, where they destroyed more than 150,000 kilogrammes of cannabis collected from 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation began on Tuesday and lasted until Sunday, October 17.

The NDLEA raids in other states saw the arrest of no less than 615 suspects and seized illegal drugs weighing a total of 3,394,2031 kilogrammes.

While praising the officers and men of the Lagos State Command and their colleagues in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country, the agency Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) urged them not to relent their efforts.

He called for continued cooperation between the agency and other stakeholders, particularly the military and other law enforcement agencies.

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