NDLEA Crushes Drug Cartels: 44.9 Tonnes Seized in Massive Raids

In a significant victory against drug trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the seizure of a staggering 44,948.1 kilograms (approximately 44.9 tonnes) of illicit drugs across Lagos, Edo, and Ondo states. 

The raids, which took place over the past week, also resulted in the arrest of eight suspects, including a 67-year-old man identified as Sunday Otulugbu.  Eleven vehicles believed to be linked to drug cartel operations were confiscated as well.

A significant portion of the seized drugs comprised cannabis. According to NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi, operatives destroyed no less than 14,310.86 kilograms of cannabis cultivated across a sprawling 5.7-hectare farm located in the Ohosu/Ugbogui forest of Edo State’s Ovia South West Local Government Area. Here, five suspects were apprehended, including Otulugbu and four others identified as Agbayeogor Joshua (39), Kelvin Ofuasia (45), Williams Peter (37), and Kamaru Onimisi (44).

The NDLEA also reported the destruction of 7,687.8 kilograms of cannabis discovered in a warehouse situated within the Ala forest near Akure, Ondo State. Additionally, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, officers apprehended another suspect, Kareem Mustapha, who was found in possession of 25,000 pills of tramadol and 5,900 ampoules of pentazocine injection.

NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd.), commended the agency’s operatives for their dedication and vigilance in this major drug bust. “These operations again emphasize our unwavering commitment to ridding Nigeria of the drug menace,” he declared. “The NDLEA will continue to target both the big fish in the cartels and those who cultivate cannabis in our forests.”

Marwa further urged the public to continue providing the NDLEA with credible intelligence that can assist in dismantling drug trafficking operations. “We cannot do this job alone,” he remarked. “The cooperation of the public will significantly boost our efforts in safeguarding our communities.”

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