SANI Muhammad Sani
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA in collaboration with Nigerian Police new outfit Operation Still Waters and the Nigerian Army in raids across the states of the country, arrested not fewer than 663 suspects and recover illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilogram. Director Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Baba has unveiled.
A fake police officer, a soldier and a National Youth Service Corp member are among 663 drug traffickers and users arrested during raids of notorious drug joints in Lagos, Abuja, Benue and other parts of the country.
153, 256.876 kilograms of illicit drugs were either destroyed or seized during the raids last week.
In Lagos, the notorious drug haven, Akala in Mushin area of the state was last Friday raided by a combined team of NDLEA operatives and 30 soldiers in a joint operation code named ‘ Operation Still Waters.’ No less that 27 suspects were arrested while various drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Cannabis, with a cumulative weight of 2,463.876 Kg were seized.
A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized.
Another raid in Alhaji Lasisi street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in Oshodi-Isolo area of the state during saw the arrest of 12 suspects, over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.
In Ogun state, operatives last Friday intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue state, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs. This came on the heels of the arrest of a
suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on lasy wednesday.
In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis.
Three suspects were further arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64kg drugs were recovered last wednesday.
In Ekiti state, NDLEA operatives stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days.
The operation, began Tuesday and continued till Sunday.
While commending officers and men of the Lagos state Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig.
Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) charged them not to rest on their oars. Buba called for continued collaboration between the Agency and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.