A trans-border trafficker, Emeka Okoro and another drug dealer, Ibrahim Bello, have been arrested in Abuja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), with cocaine weighing 1.1kilogramme, with a street value of N264 million.
While Okoro was intercepted with 900g of cocaine in a commercial bus on the Abuja-Gwagwalada Road on Monday, April 26, 2021, based on intelligence, Bello was nabbed with 200g of the illicit drug in Zuba area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), same day through a controlled delivery operation.
According to the Commander, FCT Command of the agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, Okoro was an intending traveller to Libya through Kano and Agadez in Niger Republic, with wraps of cocaine weighing 900g, while the other seizure of 200g was equally made following intelligence on the 26th April, 2021.
“The wraps of cocaine were not to be swallowed as has always been the case, but to be concealed in Jerry cans of palm oil and transported through the border in Kano to Agadez and Libya. The suspect, Emeka Okoro, revealed that this has been the trend in the past months,” the FCT commander of NDLEA disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State command of the agency has seized 157.5kilogrammes of skunkweed concealed in false panels in a Peugeot J5 bus with registration number Lagos AGL 641 XW, while a 43-year-old suspect, Christian Godwin, was arrested.
According to the Commander, Kogi State Command of the agency, Adewunmi Alfred, the suspect and his consignment were intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja, the state capital. “The skunkweed was sourced from Ikire in Osun State and heading to Masaka in Nasarawa State before our men arrested the suspect, seized the illicit drug and the vehicle used to convey it on Monday, 26th April, 2021,” Alfred added. In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended officers and men of the FCT and Kogi State commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding the country of illicit drugs.
“These seizures and arrests in FCT and Kogi point to the fact that we’ll continue to disrupt and dismantle the drug supply networks of these unconscionable elements and deny them the benefit of their illegal trade,” Marwa added.