The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives seized 4,560 kilograms of skunk during an interdiction operation in Lagos, Adamawa and Osun states.
In a statement on Sunday, the Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed that the anti-narcotic agency’s Lagos NDLEA operatives seized 89 jumbo bags of skunk weighing 3,842 kg in a truck belonging to a certain Segun Odeyemi.
Odeyemi was arrested in the Eleganza area of Ajah, Lagos, on Saturday, July 1.
Also, the NDLEA operatives in Adamawa on Wednesday, July 5, intercepted a Toyota Hilux vehicle with 118 cartons of Indomie noodles used to conceal 544 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa, weighing 408 kg, hidden in a false compartment.
The statement said Kelvin Efe, 51, and Christian Ogaga, 42 were arrested with the narcotics and the drugs were meant for distribution in Yola, Mubi and Gombe.
Additionally, the NDLEA operatives in Osun state recovered an abandoned J5 Peugeot bus marked AAA 521 SQ with bags of fresh pepper used to conceal 25 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 300.5 kg along the Akure-Ilesa expressway after its occupants sighted NDLEA officers on patrol on Friday, July 7.
Operatives also raided a skuchies factory in Ogun and arrested four drug syndicate members, including two church officials.
Furthermore, two officials of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministries (aka Mercy City Church), Warri, Delta state- Adewale Abayomi Ayeni, 39, and Ebipakebina Appeal, 41–allegedly linked to two intercepted consignments of the illicit drug have been arrested in Warri.
A female courier company staff and another lady involved in trafficking the lethal opioid fentanyl were also arrested.
The NDLEA chairman, Mohammed Buba Marwa commended the team of NDLEA officers tracking the fentanyl opioid syndicate in Nigeria and applauded the NDLEA operatives in Adamawa, Lagos, Osun and Ogun states for their efforts.
He urged them to “continue to set their eyes on the goal of ridding the nation of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.”