Mario Okiwelu, a final-year Fine Arts and Design student at the University of Port Harcourt, was arrested in Rivers state for importing from the United States five variants of liquid cannabis weighing 49.6 grams.
According to a press statement signed by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA, he was arrested through controlled delivery on Monday 27th September, 2021 around NIPOST area, Port Harcourt, with his accomplice, Precious Awuse.
The number of reported arrests of drug traffickers in Nigeria is on the rise. Today, Femi Babafemi also reported that, narcotic officers attached to some courier firms in Lagos seized various sizes of illicit drugs, including 40 grams of cocaine concealed in a University of Uyo degree certificate bound for Australia; 280 grams of cannabis concealed in body cream bottles bound for Cyprus; 400 grams of tramadol tucked into plastic bottles bound for Australia; and 1 kg of methamphetamine concealed in a body cream bottle bound for Cyprus.
According to NDLEA, attempts by some traffickers to import 20 cartons of khat weighing 126.900 kilograms into Nigeria through the NAHCO import shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, were also foiled, and the consignment was seized. Similarly, on September 29th, one Ibrahim Kale Sulyman was apprehended during cargo search operations at SAHCO export shed, and 76grams of tramadol concealed inside black soap bound for Dubai, UAE, were recovered from him.
On Saturday, September 25th, operatives arrested a widow, Aliya Idris, at the home of a wanted drug dealer, Shamsu Boda, on Joji road, Tudun Wade Zaria. She was apprehended during an operation at Shamsu Bodes’ residence. 30 bottles of codeine cough syrup and 20 sachets of rophynol, totaling 4.2kg and 77.5 grams, were discovered in her possession.
On Wednesday, September 29th, at least two drug dealers were apprehended and over 1,213.2kg of drugs were seized in raids across Lagos state. Peter Prosper Onome, 22, of Isoko, Delta State, was arrested with 442 grams of various drugs at Ikosi, Ketu, Kosofe L.G.A, including 426 grams of Cannabis Saliva, 15 grams of Colorado, 6 grams of Cocaine, 4 grams of Rohypnol, and 1 gram of Methamphetamine. Justin Clement, from Michika, Adamawa State, was arrested in Lekki with 500 grams of Cannabis Sativa. On the same day, officers from the Agency’s Lagos Command raided another notorious hideout in Petti, Lagos Island, and discovered an abandoned 1,213.2kg of Cannabis Sativa.
In his response, Gen. Marwa praised officers and men from the Agency’s FCT, Rivers, DOGI, MMIA, Kaduna, and Lagos Commands for outstanding performance in their areas of responsibility over the past week. He charged them, as well as their counterparts in other commands, with remaining vigilant and demonstrating the spirit and determination of the new NDLEA.