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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Sunday said over 110 suspected drug dealers were arrested in nine states across the country when their hideouts were raided, dismantled and assorted illicit substances seized by operatives last week.
The NDLEA said in Lagos, 16 suspects were apprehended when notorious drug joints in Maza Maza, Alakija, FESTAC Town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Isheri Roundabout, and Igando were raided on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, identified the suspects as Lucky Elibe, Abdullahi Jabir, Amos Kalli, Nweke ThankGod, Tukwosi Arowolu, Odinaka Oramu, Jeremiah Ishaya, Maxwell John, Usman Garba, Christian Okibe, Mba Peter, Sarah Offiri, Wasiu Adeniji, Bode Olaitan, Yetunde Ahmed and Abdullahi Jibril.
Seven others were also arrested in different locations in the Lekki area of the state.
Babafemi said, “No fewer than 17 suspects arrested by men of the 149 Battalion (Rear), Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo, were also transferred to the agency for further investigation. Seized from the suspects were different quantities of cocaine, heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, cannabis and other psychoactive substances.
“In Benue, the arrest of a 19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir, with 5.5 kilogrammes cannabis and 112 grams of Diazepam on Wednesday, October 6, in the Aliade area of the state, took a disturbing twist when other members of her cartel abducted a retired NDLEA officer from that community, who they assumed was still a serving officer, took him to a forest and demanded the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed.
“In Kano, one Shamsuddeen Muhammad was arrested with 21.6kg cannabis, well concealed inside empty cartons, while in Oyo State, no fewer than 12 persons were arrested at drug joints raided and dismantled across the state.
“The raid on the house of a drug kingpin in the Ruga area of Mararaba, Karu LGA, in Nasarawa, led to the recovery of 30 bags of cannabis weighing 362.5kg, while in Akwa Ibom State, three male suspects were arrested on Wednesday, October 6, during a raid on drug joints in the Oron area with over 25kg of drugs seized.
“In Kwara, no fewer than 38 suspects were arrested and 29.585kg assorted drugs, including cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others recovered from them across seven drug joints in Lafiagi. In Rivers, at least three persons were arrested from drug joints in Oyigbo and Kara oil mill areas of the state on Saturday, October 9.”