The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency or NDLEA have arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of drug dealing in Edo State.
The suspect, Godwin Emuneyin, is a person with a disability.
NDLEA Director, Media, and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in Abuja said Mr Godwin uses his wheelchair as cover to deal in illicit substances such as methamphetamine and skunk in Afuze, headquarters of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Agency noted that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday 7th, November at his base in Afuze following credible intelligence, and as at the time of his arrest, a wooden box used to conceal illicit substances including 18 pinches of methamphetamine, one block, and 71 wraps of skunk, was recovered from him.
The drug enforcement Agency also disclosed that following stint operations, other suspects and sundry illicit drugs were uncovered in other states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.
It said in other interdiction operations in Edo State, NDLEA operatives on Monday 6th November recovered 42 bags of skunk weighing 480kgs from a camp in Aviosi forest in Owan West LGA, while the Utese forest in Ovia North East LGA was also raided the same day with 231.5kgs of the substance recovered and a cannabis farm measuring 0.778960 hectares destroyed.
In Adamawa State, the operatives on patrol along Ngurore-Yola road on Thursday, 9th November 2023, intercepted a Toyota Corolla car marked TZG 97 KY loaded with 30,899 Tramadol 225mg and 100mg pills concealed inside the body compartments of the car. The driver found in possession of the drug exhibits, Sani Samaila (a.k.a Isa Male), 25, told the operatives that he was bringing the consignment from Jalingo, Taraba State to deliver in Yola, Adamawa State.
“Wednesday 8th November, a suspect, Abdullahi Sani (a.k.a Danfulani), was arrested at Ngurore town in possession of some quantity of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa in a white nylon. He thereafter led the operatives on a follow-up operation to the home of a drug lord, Alhaji Bubakari (a.k.a Dan Mamuda), an unrepentant ex-convict, where 19 blocks of compressed cannabis that weighed 13kgs were recovered.”
The Agency added that in Ogun State, not less than 18.875 tons of cannabis sativa on 7.55 hectares of farmland were destroyed and another 100 jumbo bags weighing 1,100 kilograms of the psychoactive substance recovered at James town, Ogunmakin area of Obafemi Owode LGA on Monday 6th November 2023 by a combined team of NDLEA operatives with officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, Defence Intelligence Agency and the State Security Network, Amotekun. Okpor Chukwuma and six other male suspects found on the farmland were arrested.
While a commercial bus driver, Olayinka Sowo, 25, was arrested on Friday 10th November along Ibadan – Akure expressway over an alleged conspiracy to transport 45.150kgs cannabis from Lagos to Osun State, NDLEA officers in Abuja on the same day intercepted 7, 980 pills of diazepam and 567 bottles of codeine syrup in a commercial bus along Abaji-Abuja highway after which a follow-up operation at Zuba motor park led to the arrest of the owner of the consignment, Ugwu Ikenna, 30.
And in Delta State, the operatives backed by men of the Nigerian Army stormed a remote forest in Umuchime community, Ndokwa West LGA, where they destroyed 12.5 tons of cannabis on five hectares of farmland and recovered 53.22kgs processed weeds and seeds of the substance. A suspect, Christopher Anim (alias Ogidi) was also arrested in the course of the operation. Two suspects, Amarachukwu Eugene, 32, and Abdulaziz Auwal, 25, were arrested in another operation by operatives in Kano with 202 blocks of skunk weighing 113.1kgs on Tuesday 7th November.
While commending the officers and men of the Edo, Ogun, Osun, Adamawa, Delta, and FCT Commands of the Agency for their balanced efforts in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded their counterparts across the country for intensifying their War Against Drug Abuse or WADA advocacy lectures, thereby creating parity between drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.