By Kingsley Omonobi, ABUJA
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have nabbed an Italy-bound woman, Mrs. Nnadi Nora Chinyere, with 100 wraps of heroin and two parcels of the same substance at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Mrs. Nnadi was arrested on Tuesday, August 3, during the outward clearance of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight to Florentine, Italy.
A statement by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy said, “The drugs found on her were concealed in five containers of hair relaxer cream.”
In the same vein, on Thursday, August 12, operatives of the MMIA Command of the Agency intercepted a United Kingdom-bound consignment of illicit drugs at the NAHCO export shed of the airport.
Further investigation reveals the consignment contains 66.600kg of cannabis sativa; 1.600kg heroin and 1.450kg of cocaine with a combined weight of 69.65kilograms, all concealed inside cosmetics.
Earlier on Thursday, August 5, narcotics officers on routine patrol intercepted another consignment of 25.8 kilogrammes of cocaine and cannabis concealed inside foodstuffs going to London, UK at NAHCO export warehouse.
When the export package was opened and examined, 2.3kg of cocaine and 23.5kg of compressed cannabis were discovered inside.
During a patrol operation along Akure-Owo Road, a team of operatives from Owo Area command of the Agency equally intercepted a bus from Lagos en route Owo to Ibilo, Kogi state on August 7.
Recovered from the vehicle include six parcels of skunk weighing 3.6kg; 30 pinches of crack cocaine weighing 87grams and six sachets of Arizona weighing 265grams.
Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, on Friday, August 13, Benue state command of the agency arrested an interstate trafficker, Eze Victor Ezenwanne at Apir-Aliade road, Makurdi with 65.436kilogrammes of diazepam tablets.
The same day, a suspected fake soldier, Adeyemi Segun Olamide was arrested in Maiduguri, Borno state with 650grams of skunk, while a Nigerian Army ex-staff sergeant, Muffat Ekong and one Frank Iredia Obamwonyi were arrested on Wednesday, August 11, with 286.3kilograms of cannabis at Ogwashi Uku, Delta state on their way to Enugu State.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd) has commended the officers and men of the MMIA command as well as their Ondo, Borno, Benue and Delta state counterparts for the huge seizures and arrests.
He charged them and other commands to sustain the current momentum, assuring them that President Muhammadu Buhari recognises their efforts and would continue to motivate them to do more.