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In separate raids carried out in Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue states, NDLEA agents busted three major interstate drug cartels supplying illicit substances to some states in the North, recovered skunk and cocaine weighing over 843 kilogrammes, and arrested at least seven of the drug kingpins behind the syndicates.
According to a statement issued by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the suspects chose to transit their consignments across the waterways between Edo and Kogi states in order to avoid the frequent road interdiction operations of officers from the Agency’s Kogi state command.
”They were however intercepted on Monday 12th July, 2021 at a Jetty in Idah, Kogi State, where a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487kg of cannabis and ferried across the waterways from Agenebode, Edo State to the Jetty in Idah, was seized and the syndicate leader arrested.”Babafemi said
According to the spokesman, in Nasarawa state, a team of NDLEA agents stormed one of the most hostile drug establishments in the state capital on Thursday, July 8th. With the arrest of four prominent drug traffickers, including the most infamous drug kingpin in Nasarawa state known as “Boogie” whose true name is Muhammed Umar, about 356kg of cannabis and different psychoactive drugs were confiscated. His drug-distribution network included Kano, Plateau, Benue, and sections of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
”Curiously, some quantities of cocaine were intercepted in Benue on 8th, 9th and 13th July. The first dealer, John Aondosoo was arrested in Makurdi on Thursday with 28.6grams of crack cocaine and after initial interrogation, it was discovered that his supplier, Henry Ezeomah would bring more supplies in the early hours of Friday from Obosi, Anambra. Indeed, the supplier was arrested last Friday with 29.17grams of crack cocaine. In another raid on Tuesday, 13th July the Benue command also seized some quantities of cocaine.”Babafemi added
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, congratulated the Commanders, officers, and men of the Agency’s Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue Commands for carrying the battle against illegal drugs in Nigeria to the doorsteps of the cartels. He charged them not to back down, but to remain steadfast in their determination to cleanse every town of the drug plague.