Abuja, Nigeria – In a nationwide operation, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made a series of arrests and seizures, dismantling drug syndicates involved in trafficking illicit substances across the country. The coordinated crackdown has targeted drug cartels operating in various regions, resulting in significant seizures of narcotics and the apprehension of several suspects.
Operatives apprehended a Lekki-based artistes’ manager, Oseni Abdulraheem Ayodeji Babatunde (aka Papalampa), along with his accomplice Nnadi Kingsley Ikenna in Ikoyi. The duo specialized in distributing illicit drugs, including Colorado and codeine-based syrup, to VIP nightclubs and lounges in the Lekki and Island areas of Lagos State.
The operation was based on intelligence indicating the shipment of synthetic cannabis from Los Angeles. A total of 10 parcels of Colorado, weighing 2.50kg, were intercepted at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. NDLEA operatives also recovered additional quantities of the same substance during a search of Babatunde’s residence.
Further operations led to the interception of shipments bound for international destinations. An agent attempting to export MDMA (Ecstasy) and Rohypnol concealed within foodstuff was arrested at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Meanwhile, vigilant operatives thwarted an attempt to smuggle Loud (a variant of Cannabis), Tramadol, and Rohypnol hidden in skin lightening lotion bottles to Oman.
In Lagos, a container carrying nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, was seized at Apapa seaport. The substance was linked to businessman Stephen Eze, who had previously attempted to import similar containers from China.
In Ondo and Enugu states, numerous suspects were apprehended in possession of cannabis and other illicit substances. The nationwide crackdown also targeted drug manufacturing facilities, uncovering a “skuchies” factory in Sagamu, Ogun State. The factory’s operator, Femi Isiaka, was arrested, and various drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated.
NDLEA Chairman/CEO Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the efforts of the agency’s personnel in executing the operations. He emphasized the importance of persistently combating drug cartels and their criminal activities to ensure the safety and well-being of the nation.