By Bukar Bolori
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has made major drug interceptions in the last few days, among which was the unearthing of 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine at the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in Anambra State.
A statement on Monday by the Agency’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi which was silent on which palace the drug was recovered, said investigation was ongoing.
The statement quoted, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris to have said: “Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment.”
The statement also said a notorious drug trafficker, Hassan Bishi Taiwo has been arrested by operatives of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Command of the Agency with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.
The statement said preliminary investigations reveal that Hassan who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend upon arrival on board Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday, has been plying the illicit trade through the middle east routes for sometime.
According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the Agency, Ahmadu Garba, “the suspect came in to Nigeria through Addis-Ababa but he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja. Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also show that he has been plying his criminal trade through some Middle East countries.”
The statement revealed that the third interception was by narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos, which intercepted 500 grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates and concealed inside the walls of packed cartons containing clothes.
Babafemi said the operatives also intercepted in another courier firm one kilogramme of cannabis concealed in cream bottles going to UAE while 500grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the US was also recovered from the same company in Lagos.
He added that another 480 grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier campany.
Babafemi said the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the commanders, men and officers involved in the operations for their vigilance and charged them to continue with the vigour the offensive action maxim of the new leadership of the lead anti-drug agency.