Pregnant Woman, Widow Arrested Over N3.2m Counterfeit Cash, Lethal Illicit Substance


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a commercial bus conveying N3.2million counterfeit cash owned by three suspects: an eight-month pregnant woman, Favour Peter, 24; Esther Adukwu, 27, and Ochigbo Michael, 39.

They were later arrested at Jabi park in Abuja in a follow up operation last Tuesday following the seizure of the fake naira notes in Lokoja, Kogi state.

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said this is even as NDLEA officers in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Lugard base, Lokoja intercepted 37-year-old Aliyu Lawal along Lokoja-Abuja road last Monday and recovered 620 blocks of cannabis weighing 310 kilogrammes from him, while 10 sacks of the same psychoactive substance weighing 98 kilogrammes were seized along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja express way by NDLEA operatives from Jama Obodo, 44, in a commercial bus coming from Ilesha, Osun state enroute Taraba state last Wednesday.

Babafemi said in Cross River state, a 40-year-old widow and mother of two, Mrs. Theodora Ita was last Monday arrested at Bassey Edom, Calabar, by NDLEA operatives for producing and selling a lethal new psychoactive substance, NPS, locally called ‘Combine’, which is a mixture of different strains of cannabis and opioids soaked in raw gin. As at the time of her arrest, 18 litres of the dangerous substance in used paint drums were recovered from her.

Edom, was said to have claimed in her statement to NDLEA, that she started the illicit drug production and distribution in October 2023. Another suspect, Godwin Okon, 48, was apprehended at Essit Ebum area of Calabar with 39.4 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa last Tuesday.

While two suspects: Sani Mohammed, 43, and Christopher Eze, 64, were arrested in Sabon Gari area of Kano same Tuesday with 900,000 pills of opioid recovered from them, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road, Imo state on Friday intercepted a logistics truck with registration number JGB 403XB and recovered 230 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 119 kilogrammes hidden under household items after a thorough search.

Babafemi disclosed that at least 252 kilogrammes of cannabis were seized during a raid at Ijesa Isu forest, Ekiti state on Saturday while four suspects: Adamu Umar, 39; Abdullahi Gimba, 27; Julius Uduakhomu, 28; and Michael Sunday, 24, were nabbed loading 40 kilogrammes of same substance to the engine compartment of a gas truck at Agho village, Owan East local government area of Edo state.

He added that two motorcycles used in conveying the consignment to where the gas truck heading to the North was parked, were also recovered.

In Ogun state, a suspect, Ismaila Ogun was arrested last Friday with 79 kilogrammes cannabis at Imeko, while 18-year-old Friday Abah was nabbed with 410 kilogrammes of the same substance when NDLEA operatives raided Obatedo camp, Itaogbolu forest, Akure North local government area, Ondo state.

The NDLEA Spokesman said with the same zeal, the various commands of the agency across the countrycontinued with the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week.

Meanwhile, while commending the officers and men of the Kogi, Cross River, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Kano, and Edo commands of the agency for their outstanding feats in drug supply reduction, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded them and their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures, aimed at drug demand reduction.

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