On Sunday, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reported the destruction of a 16-hectare cannabis farm in Ekiti state and the interception of 4,000 kilograms of various illicit drugs in multiple operations across the country.
This information was conveyed through a statement released on the NDLEA website by Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy for the agency.
According to the statement, NDLEA operatives conducted extensive operations between Monday and Wednesday, targeting thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, located in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state. During these operations, they discovered and subsequently set fire to a cannabis plantation covering 16 hectares, resulting in the destruction of approximately 40 tons (40,000 kilograms) of cannabis plants.
Furthermore, on Friday, NDLEA operatives intercepted two Toyota Sienna buses traveling along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway. These vehicles were transporting 1,194 cylinders of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilograms, destined for delivery in Abuja. Two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe, were apprehended in connection with this illicit shipment.
The statement also revealed that a trailer with registration number LSR 343 XW was intercepted, concealing 959 kilograms of skunk inside Maggi cartons intended for distribution in Sokoto and Abuja. In Jigawa, two suspects, Shuaibu Yusif and Abubakar Hussaini, were arrested for the illegal possession of 89.1 kilograms of skunk.
Additionally, NDLEA operatives seized 977 kilograms of skunk in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, which was loaded with cartons of Maggi. This skunk was intended for distribution in Sokoto and Gwagwalada. Two suspects, Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar, were arrested in connection with this seizure. In a separate incident in the FCT, two other suspects, Mutari Abdulazeez and Ayuba Madaki, were apprehended with various quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis, and 13,930 tramadol pills.
The statement further mentioned the arrest of Shuaibu Yusif and Abubakar Hussaini, who were found in possession of 89.1 kilograms of skunk during a stop and search operation along the Kano-Hadejia road in Jigawa state.
In Kaduna and Lagos, NDLEA operations led to the interception of 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection, with the suspected owner of the consignment arrested in Bauchi. Additionally, 183 kilograms of Ghana Loud, a strain of cannabis, were discovered concealed in the body compartments of a bus in Lagos.
The statement concluded by mentioning the recovery of 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258 kilograms from a Toyota Camry car in Edo state, specifically at Igarra in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area.
These operations reflect NDLEA’s ongoing efforts to combat drug-related offenses and illicit drug trafficking across Nigeria.
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