February 26, 2022

One dead, many injured as NDLEA, youths clash in Lagos


Drug kingpin, 6 others arrested; recovers 5,862kg drugs

Idowu Bankole

One person has been reportedly killed as the men of the National Drug Law enforcement Agency, NDLEA raided a suspected drug den in Lagos.

Reports claimed that mayhem was unleashed when NDLEA men tried to arrest a notorious drug kingpin who resisted arrest, attracting the attention of youths in the area, launching an attack against the NDLEA team in Lagos island.

Reacting, NDLEA stated it acted on credible intelligence that A major drug kingpin operating the notorious Patey Lagos Island drug haven, in Lagos state, Mrs Sherifat Kehinde Lawal has been arrested along with six other suspects by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The NDLEA operatives also recovered 5,862 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs including Loud and Codeine in a raid on Saturday 26th February 2022.

A statement by Femi Babafemi Director, Media & Advocacy said, “Following credible intelligence and follow up surveillance on illicit drug dealing in Osho, Gambari, and Beecroft Streets, Patey Area of Lagos Island, anti-narcotic officers stormed the Gambari street base of the drug kingpin where they arrested her and six of her accomplices at 9:30 am Saturday 26th Feb.

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“Other members of the cartel operating in the axis however mobilised hoodlums who attacked the operatives with stones, bottles and guns in a bid to prevent the officers from arresting other kingpins marked for arrest as well as taking the suspects already nabbed and drug exhibits away.

“The operatives were able to tactically defend themselves, took the suspects and exhibits away. Other suspects in custody with Mrs Lawal include Ahmed Yisau; Solomon Alape; Olayemi Akinola; Salami Qudus; Bakare Rafiu; Rose Samson; Yusuf Rofiat, and Chukwudi Egon.

“In his reaction to the development, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the Lagos Command of the Agency for the successful operation.

“He warned those being used by drug cartels to obstruct or attack anti-narcotic officers in the course of doing their work to desist or face dire consequences.”

Vanguard News Nigeria