By Bukar Bolori
A medical doctor, Jane Ofoma has been arrested in Auchi, Edo state, by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for operating an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen, through which she sells drugged cookies and biscuits.
A statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi said following intelligence and surveillance, narcotic officers of the Edo state Command of NDLEA on Saturday 19th June, 2021, stormed Ofoma’s operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi, where she was arrested and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered.
He disclosed that Ofoma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
According to him, she confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation.
Also arrested is a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, Edo State by officers of NDLEA in the state for dealing in crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara State have arrested a 52-year-old army deserter, Ibrahim Musa with 12.167 kilogrammes of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grammes of cocaine and 25 grammes of flunitrazepam.
The suspect was said to have been apprehended on Thursday 17th June, 2021 at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
Musa, who worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno State before he deserted the Army had arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was however arrested at the point of delivery of the illicit drug by operatives of Kwara State Command of the Agency.
Ibrahim under interrogation, revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children. The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin.
Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Edo and Kwara state Commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities, while assuring them that he will continue to make their welfare a priority.