By Albert Akpor
LAGOS â€” THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced weekend that it had seized a total of 507.936 kilograms of illicit drugs worth over N2.2 billion in nine months at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
It also announced the arrest of 139 suspects including a 64-year-old mother of seven during the period under review.
Head, Public Affairs of the anti-drug agency, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the arrests and seizures were made betweenÂ January and November 2009.
According to him, â€œthe breakdown shows that cocaine has the highest quantity with 172.930 kilograms, cannabis 170.554 kilograms, psycho tropic substances 121.100 kilograms while heroin is 43.352 kilograms.
â€œA total of 139 suspected drug traffickers were arrested during the period under review comprising of 127 males and 12 females.
â€œThe month of July had the highest seizure of 135.066 kilograms with 15 arrests while in February, 19.04 kilograms of drugs were seized with 13 arrests,â€ he said.
Reacting, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said the NDLEA was more than ever poised to making drug trafficking unattractive while encouraging the principle of diligence.
He said: â€œIt has become pertinent that we daily increase our commitment to the anti-narcotic campaign as every seizure made translates to incapacitation of drug syndicates. If we fail to stop the drug barons, deny them of the illicit proceeds and place a commensurate sanction on them, we will end up aggravating the problem of moral decadence in the society.â€
Calling for more public support in the agencyâ€™s drive for a crime free society, Giade warned drug barons that the agency would go the extra mile in halting the illicit trade.
The oldest among the suspects is a 64-year-old a mother of seven identified as Folayan Elizabeth,Â that ingested 1.060kg of cocaine.
She was arrested on November 17, 2009 during the screening of passengers on Iberia flight, while the youngest suspect, a 19-year-old student, identified as Adetola Odufuwa studying in Cyprus, was nabbed on August 23, 2009 with 5.050kg of cannabis concealed in powdered milk container in his luggage.