Nigeria’s narcotic agency, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has arrested two Ghanaians with an imported 2,910kg consignments of Loud, a strong strain of cannabis around Alfa Beach, Lekki area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
A statement on Sunday by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said the suspects whom he gave their names as Monday Saba, 30, and Hakeem Kwana, 27, were arrested by officers of the Marine Command of the agency on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
“Officers of the Marine Command acting on intelligence intercepted a boat loaded with the imported substance weighing 2,910kg around Alfa Beach upon arrival from Ghana.”
Babafemi further disclosed that operatives of the agency intercepted another imported consignment of Loud, a strong strain of cannabis weighing 2, 434.1kg along the Epe- Lekki corridor of the state.
According to the statement, the NDLEA operatives acting on credible intelligence, “laid ambush for a white truck conveying 50 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 2, 434.1kg along the Epe-Lekki expressway in the early hours of Monday, 19th June.
“The truck driver however jumped out of the vehicle and escaped in a security hilux van escorting the truck, after the anti-narcotics officers successfully demobilized the truck conveying the drug exhibits.”
Giving a breakdown of other operations across the country, NDLEA spokesman said that on Sunday, June 18, two suspects – Abubakar Mohammed, 32, and Nuhu Sale, 43, were arrested along Abuja expressway, Suleja with 31 jumbo bags of skunk weighing 517kg.
Also on Wednesday, June 21, a 30-year-old Amina Alilu was arrested with 171kg of the substance at Ogbogodo village, Dekina LGA, Kogi state.
The statement partly read: “A suspected fake female security agent, Ogedegbe Dorcas, 34, was also nabbed at Ajegunle Asa Dam Area of Ilorin, Kwara State with 30kg of cannabis on Thursday 22nd June, while in Oyo state, NDLEA operatives intercepted 42-year-old Segun Olajide with 49.2kg of same substance on Saturday, 24th June in Oyo town.
“Operatives in Edo state stormed Ekudo forest, Uhunmwode LGA where they destroyed a cannabis farm measuring 2.494863 hectares, recovered processed weeds weighing 67kg and arrested six suspects namely: Onyeka Onyedinma; Monday Onyedi, Alex Eboh; Edosa Imariagbe; Godbless Tunde and Godstime Osarobo in the early hours of Monday, 19th June.
“While commending the officers and men of the Lagos, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Oyo, Edo and Marine Commands for blocking over five tons of illicit substances from going into circulation in the country in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their compatriots across other formations to remain committed to the corporate goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.”