No fewer than 43 suspected dealers and consumers of illicit substances have been arrested in fresh raids launched by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Nasarawa, Benue and Ondo states.
Also, 137.55 kilogrammes of assorted drugs were recovered during the operation. In Nasarawa State, operatives backed by a detachment of soldiers from 177 battalion of the Nigerian Army, Keffi, raided notorious drug joints located in Kara Masaka, Ruwa Ruwa Uke, Abattoir at the border with the FCT, Filing Bala, Masaka U-Turn and others for two consecutive days; 5th and 6th August 2021.
During the raids, 41 suspects were arrested and assorted drugs such as cocaine, cannabis sativa, cough syrup with codeine, rohypnol and tramadol with a total weight of 65.250kg were recovered.
Furthermore, cannabis plants planted by drug dealers in adjoining bushes were destroyed while all stalls in drug markets were dismantled and set ablaze.
Similarly, operatives of Ondo State command of the agency on Monday, August 9, raided the Odopetu area of Akure in Akure South Local Government Area of the state capital, where a 44-year-old Mrs. Folake Ademola, was arrested while her husband escaped arrest.
Recovered from their home include, 65.400kg of cannabis sativa; skunk – 500grams; loud- 16grams; Colorado- 34grams, bringing the total of drugs seized from them to 65.950 kilograms.
In the same vein, a 34-year-old Iornum Emmanuel was arrested at the NDLEA Aliade checkpoint on Sunday August 8 in Benue State with different quantities of assorted illicit drugs, which include; tramadol -500grams; diazepam- 1.5kg and exol 5- 7.9kg.
Meanwhile, chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the commanders, officers and men of the Nasarawa, Ondo and Benue State commands for their commitment to the goal of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and trafficking. He charged them to continue on the offensive until the last drug cartel in Nigeria is dismantled.