A 44-year-old father of three, Gabriel Anthony Patrick, was arrested by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja for ingesting 96 cocaine lozenges, which ‘he excreted. in the custody of the Agency.
Originally from Nike in the local government area of ââEnugu Northern Enugu State, Gabriel was arrested on November 26 during a Turkish Airline exit clearance at the airport boarding control area. on the Abuja-Istanbul-Madrid road.
The suspect, who had traveled to Germany in 1996 for two years to obtain asylum, after which he moved to Spain in 1999 where he currently holds a residence permit and works as a driver in a food manufacturing company , claimed he entered Nigeria on November 17 to sell clothing and auto parts which he shipped to Lagos earlier.
He however stated that he could not sell his consignments which cost him 4,000 euros excluding shipping costs as they were priced below cost in Ladipo market in Lagos and he had to return. in Spain to resume work after expiration. of his annual leave.
This, he said, led him to accept a drug trafficking offer for which he would be paid 1,500 euros when he managed to deliver the shipment to someone in Spain.
The suspect claimed he left Lagos for Enugu to see his family members, then traveled on November 25 to Onitsha, Anambra state, where he was picked up overnight in Upper Iweka Park. and taken to a house where he had been given the 96 cocaine lozenges to ingest before leaving for Abuja to board his flight to Madrid the next day.
Similarly, NDLEA agents at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, arrested a certain Okorie Godwin Onyeribe for his attempt to export 21.85 kg of cannabis concealed in food to London, UK.
The NDLEA spokesperson said he was caught at the airport’s NAHCO export hangar on December 3, 2021.
Five students from the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa and Maiduguri University in Borno State are among the suspects arrested for drug-related offenses in raid operations in nine states. last week.
Two of the students; Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua were arrested with 16,750 kg of cannabis on the night of November 30 when officers raided a settlement in front of Gate 4 of Maiduguri University.
The other three, all AUN undergraduates: Ekene Asher; Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth were arrested Thursday, December 2 at 11:30 p.m. after taking delivery of Loud, a strong variant of cannabis ordered by Ekene for them to smoke.
Earlier the same day, officers also intercepted a concrete mixer truck used to conceal 200.6 kg of cannabis, loaded in Ogbese, Ondo state. Two suspects arrested with drugs; Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nborgwu claimed to have spent a month on the road from Ondo State hoping to deliver the shipment to Mubi, Adamawa, before being arrested at Girei in Girei’s LGA of State.
In Oyo State, agents intercepted 608.40 kg of Cannabis sativa concealed in a black Toyota Sequoia SUV registered Lagos MUS 553 GN and parked around the toll zone, Ibadan-Ife highway, Egbeda LGA, Ibadan le Friday December 3.
The next day, officers also seized 85.90 kg of cannabis recovered from the trunk of a Nissan Primera, Lagos FJK890DZ car and from one of the rooms of an apartment where a search operation was carried out in the area of ‘Adegbayi, Alakia, Egbeda LGA. Those arrested in connection with the seizure include:
Benson Uzoka, 46; Kafayat Adeyemi Uzoka, 40 years old; Ndidi Uzoka, 39, and Christopher Uzoka, 42.
While the duo of Praise Emmanuel and Aminu Aliyu were arrested with 228 kg of cannabis in Kano, agents from Taraba stormed cannabis farms in Changso village, Kurmi LGA, located in the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroon, evacuated 364 kg of illicit drugs and set the rest on fire.
Likewise, ThankGod Danladi, who just completed a prison sentence in October, was arrested on Wednesday December 1 with 67 kg of cannabis in another raid in the state.
In Niger state, officers intercepted a commercial bus containing 215 kg of cannabis concealed in a false bottom and side door of the bus, along the Mokwa – Jebba road.
Two suspects; an arrested driver and driver claimed to have loaded the shipment in Ogere, Ogun state, and headed for Sokoto as the final destination.
In Delta State, a lady Tina Ujene was arrested in Ibusa with 1.1 kg of cannabis while a raid on her supplier’s home recovered 54.7 kg of the same substance. Various amounts of cannabis, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, diazepam and Exol-5 were seized during raids in AP-Eleme and Garki, in the oil mill areas of Port Harcourt, as well as in in Lewe and Kadiri in Gokana LGA, Rivers State on Friday, December 3. In Ondo State, Emmanuel Akanbi, 72, was arrested at Odofin, Uso, Owo LGA camp with 2,050 kg of cannabis.
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