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Drug trafficking : NDLEA nabs Italy-bound physically challenged man at Lagos airport



 Drug trafficking NDLEA nabs Italy bound physically challenged man at Lagos airport


A 53-year-old physically challenged man, Ehiarimwiam Emmanuel, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos for alleged drug trafficking.

Ehiarimwiam was arrested on 28th August on his way to Italy, via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight, a statement by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said on Sunday.

An indigene of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, he was allegedly found to have concealed five thousand (5,000) tablets of Tramadol 225mg in his luggage.

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“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect is a frequent traveller who often travels with lots of bags containing mainly food items, body cream, hair attachment and drinks. The suspect was said to have presented his usual large consignment to NDLEA operatives for search but held on to some packages, which were retrieved from him and properly searched during which the drugs were discovered, ” the statement said.

Meanwhile, NDLEA said as part of ongoing efforts to demobilise and dismantle all organised criminal groups behind the production and distribution of crystal methamphetamine across the country, its operatives on Monday 29th August raided a suspected clandestine laboratory at Opic estate, Agbara, Lagos.

It said clues from the property led operatives to another in the vicinity where one Peter James was apprehended with some quantity of the substance, adding that a follow up operation within the estate also led to the arrest of a suspected meth dealer, Mathew Bobby , who was allegedly caught with 4.033kilograms of the illicit substance.

The statement read further :”A raid at a rented apartment in Raji Rasaki First estate in Festac town, Lagos on Saturday 27th August led to the seizure of 412,780 tablets of Tramadol and the arrest of one of the suspects involved, Kingsley Duru.

” In the same vein, troops of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army have handed over to the Lagos Command of NDLEA Seven Hundred and Ninety Two (792) blocks of cannabis sativa smuggled from the Volta region of Ghana into Ogun State but intercepted at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic border.

“In Niger state, NDLEA operatives on Thursday 1st September intercepted a truck conveying animal feeds from Lagos to Kaduna with four hundred and forty nine (449) compressed blocks and one hundred and eleven (111) bags of cannabis sativa weighing 1,531kg belonging to a dealer in Zaria. The drug consignment was said to have been loaded into the truck in Akure, Ondo state. The truck driver, Yahaya Sani, his assistant Samaila Rabiu, his motor boy Bilal Ibrahim, representative of the cannabis owner, Awolu Isyaku and a passenger Mustapha Abdulrahman were all arrested.

“In Gombe State, operatives intercepted Eight Hundred and Eleven Thousand (811,000) tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol 5 weighing 150kg in a vehicle loaded in Onitsha, Anambra state at Ahmadu-Kafi area of Gombe.”


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