Friday Olokor, Abuja
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested 90 persons, including an Indian, during raids on the hideouts of drug cartels in parts of Lagos State and confiscated 614.396 kilograms of various hard drugs.
The agency also announced the interception of a container load of tramadol at the Apapa seaport in Lagos, estimated at about two million capsules tucked in 554 cartons.
The Lagos State Command of the NDLEA also raided some drug spots in Agege, Ikorodu, Lekki, Okokomaiko and other parts of the state, and dismantled major drug syndicates, arrested some suspects and seized large quantities of hard drugs.
A statement by the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said 90 suspects, including an Indian, were arrested, while over 614kg of various types of drugs were seized during the raids.
The state Commander of the NDLEA, Ralph Igwenagu, was quoted as giving the breakdown of the seizures.
He said, “A total of 577.020kg of cannabis Sativa was seized; cocaine, 0.183kg; heroine, 0.003kg, Tramadol, 36.202kg (7,697 tablets); Rohypnol, 0.208kg (646 tablets); Diazapam, 0.462kg (2,066 tablets); and Exol-5, 0.52kg (316 tablets), making a total of 614.396kg of different types of hard drugs.
“One of the drug syndicates busted during the raids is coordinated by one Samuel Ebenezer in Lekki, whose cartel imports special sophisticated drugs baked in cakes, biscuits and cookies from the United States and sells to the rich and affluent people in Lekki and Lagos Island.
“The second syndicate is coordinated by an Indian, Inderpreet Singh, alias Bobby, that imports Tramadol 225mg from India and sells in Nigeria from his Osy Agomo Close, Apple Estate, Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos. Mr Singh is also a dealer in tricycle parts and the Managing Director of Rashaan Trading Limited. Arrested with him is a Nigerian, one Sylvester Omorodion.”
The Tramadol were intercepted in the container, which was falsely declared to contain ceramic tiles.
The Apapa Seaport Area Commander of the NDLEA, Samuel Gadzama, said one of the containers bearing the illicit drug had earlier been intercepted and seized in Kenya.
“Though the second container found its way to Nigeria, but the eagle eyes of our narcotic agents discovered it during a joint inspection of the ship. We’re continuing with further investigations”, he stated.
Reacting to the raids and seizures, the Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), commended the commanders and their officers involved in the operations.
He charged them to remain focussed on the maxim of his leadership, that is, offensive action against illicit drug users, peddlers, traffickers and barons.
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