The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Sunday confirmed the arrest of a 63-year-old grandfather, Afolabi Kolawole, for shipping illicit substances to his daughter, Barakat, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Agency spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday that Kolwawole, who was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State, during interrogation, confessed to concealing the illicit substances in indigenous black soap before shipping them to her daughter in Dubai.
He said: “Abibu Afis Sola, a major importer of noisy cannabis variants from the United States, and a 63-year-old grandfather who ships illicit substances to his daughter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are among persons arrested by NDLEA officers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.
“Abibu was arrested in connection with a 19.30 kg Colorado shipment from Los Angeles, USA, which was intercepted on June 30 at the NAHCO Cargo Import Hangar at Lagos Airport . While Abibu was still being questioned in custody, a 37.1kg shipment of Loud intercepted on July 7 was also traced to him.
“Meanwhile, a cargo agent, Miss Njoko Elizabeth, 37, was arrested for attempting to export 250 grams of tramadol and cannabis to Dubai via the NAHCO export hangar. Also, at Dubai Airport Lagos, 249,600 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were recovered from a shipment from India at MMIA’s SAHCO import shed.
“The 63-year-old grandfather behind an intercepted drug show in Dubai, Afolabi Kolawole on August 4, was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday August 18.
“He confessed that he was responsible for concealing and packaging the cannabis inside the native black soap used as a mode of concealment. He also admitted that this was his second attempt to send such illicit substances to his daughter, Barakat, in Dubai.
Babafemi also said that more than 2.3 million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances intended for distribution in seven northern states of Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Nasarawa, have been intercepted by NDLEA officers last week.
He said: “In all, a total of two million three hundred twenty-five thousand five hundred fifty-three (2,325,553.00) tablets and capsules of tramadol, pregabalin, Hypnox, diazepam and Exol-5 including 7,353 bottles of a new psychoactive substance known locally as Akuskura and destined for the seven states were seized in Kaduna, Kogi, Sokoto and the FCT.
“In Kaduna, a drug trafficker, Umar Sanusi, was arrested on Friday August 12 during a follow-up operation in Kano and brought back to Kaduna where his shipment of 50 cartons of pregabalin 300mg, containing 750,000 capsules, weighing 375 kg was seized earlier along Abuja. -The Kaduna Highway was counted and weighed in his presence.
“On the same day, officers also intercepted along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway 7,068 bottles of a new hazardous substance called Akuskura destined for Kaduna, Zamfara, Gombe, Kano and Borno. Recipients in Kaduna and Zamfara were arrested during follow-up operations.
“The following day, Saturday August 13, 285 bottles of NPS were collected from a dealer, Abubakar Ahmad, along the same highway. In Kogi, as many as 696,000 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 among others loaded from a truck in Onitsha, Anambra State and heading towards Maiduguri, Borno State were seized along the Okene highway -Abuja on Friday August 19th.
Babafemi said NDLEA officers also recovered 300,000 diazepam tablets from a suspect, 30-year-old Faruku Bello, in Sokoto state on Wednesday August 17.
“Anti-narcotics officers from Abuja FCT agency also intercepted a bus loaded with 323,200 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and others at the weekend in Onitsha, Anambra State heading for Nasarawa State. The driver of the vehicle, Osita Nwobodo, 45, who made unsuccessful attempts to compromise the officers is now in custody,” Babafemi said.
The NDLEA also said that a passenger bound for Italy, Oziengbe Ehighalua Andrew, 55, was arrested on Friday August 19 with 600 grams of Tramadol 200mg as he attempted to board a Royal Air flight Morocco to Italy, via Casablanca.
“In the same vein, seven cartons of khat leaves with a total weight of 295 kg were seized at the NAHCO import hangar at Lagos airport. The shipment arrived in Nigeria from Tanzania via Cairo on Egypt Air.
“Officers from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations, DOGI, at NDLEA attached to courier companies intercepted 11.36 kg of heroin and cannabis packaged for the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Omar. medicines were concealed in a dictionary, a fancy light and a body cream.
“In Niger State, 139 bags and 176 compressed blocks of cannabis loaded at Ogere, Ogun State and heading towards Zaria, Kaduna State were seized by NDLEA officers on along Abuja-Kaduna road, Suleja in a company vehicle as the driver, Sani Mohammed, 44, and his assistant, Abubakar Abubakar, 30, were arrested.
“Raids in Akala, Mushin area of Lagos also led to the arrest of Pelumi Goodness and Ola Funke while over 1,171.75 kg of cannabis and 29 liters of codeine syrup were recovered. ”