NDLEA arrests pregnant lady, others for drug possession

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Favour Haruna, with 82 pinches of methamphetamine as well as various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine-based cough syrup in Auchi, Edo State.

The NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, who highlighted other arrests made by the agency last week in a statement on Sunday, said a Brazilian returnee, Okolie Nwabueze, was also nabbed for importing 92 wraps of cocaine into the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Nwabueze, a father of two, had arrived in Nigeria via a Qatar Airline flight en route Brazil-Doha-Abuja on Friday.  Following his arrest, he was placed under surveillance till he excreted the drugs which he had ingested.

In Kano, a 42-year-old man, Aliyu Kwasare, was arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport for attempting to export a consignment of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Saudi Arabia.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, over one million tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized by the NDLEA in collaboration with the Nigerian Customs.

The agency also arrested a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar, on Friday, September 9, at the MMIA’s NAHCO export shed over an attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion.

Meanwhile, a raid at the cannabis plantation camp in Emure forest, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20; Daniel Kehinde, 25, and Obinna Okechukwu, 35, with 16 bags of the illicit substance seized from them.

Babafemi also said attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805kg of meth to the US and Australia were thwarted. He also confirmed seizures of drugs and arrest of suspects in Gombe, Kogi and Sokoto states.