The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stated it had arrested a phony police officer and soldier, as well as a youth corps and 660 others, for alleged illicit drug activities.
The suspects were apprehended after a raid on infamous drug dens in Lagos, Abuja, Benue, and other parts of the country where varied illicit substances weighing over 153, 256.876 kg were either destroyed or recovered in the previous week, according to the Agency.
According to a statement signed by the agency’s Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the renowned drug haven, Akala in Mushin area of Lagos state, was raided on Friday, October 15, by a combined team of 70 NDLEA agents and 30 soldiers in a joint operation codenamed “Operation Still Waters.”
A total of 27 people were apprehended, and a total of 2,463.876 Kg of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, tramadol, rohypnol, and cannabis, were seized.
The statement read in bits, “A day earlier, operatives also raided drug joints in Ojo and Maryland areas of the state where six persons were arrested and different quantities of drugs seized. This followed another raid of Alhaji Lasisi Street, Idioro, Mushin as well as Okota in Oshodi-Isolo area of the state during which 12 suspects were arrested and over 165kg of assorted illicit drugs recovered.
“In Ogun State, operatives on Friday, October 15, intercepted one Williams Esuabom along Ore- Shagamu expressway with 562.5kg Cannabis being conveyed in a Toyota sienna bus, while in Benue state, narcotic officers in a joint operation with soldiers raided Lafia park where six suspects including a youth corps member, Paul Ndubuisi were arrested with different quantities of drugs. This came on the heels of the arrest of a suspected fake soldier, Abel John along Apir- Makurdi-Aliade road with 3.5kg Cannabis on Wednesday, October 13.
“In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, a suspected fake Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joshua Yusuf who claimed to be serving in Kano was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway while conveying 45.5kg of Cannabis.
“Three suspects were arrested during raids in Dabba and Luku village, Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State where over 64kg drugs were recovered on Wednesday, October 13.
“In Ekiti State, NDLEA operatives in their numbers stormed the forest reserve along Uso Road, Ise-Orun LGA, where they destroyed over 150,000 kilograms of cannabis being harvested on 40 hectares of land during an operation that lasted more than three days. The operation, which began on Tuesday continued till Sunday, October 17.
In raids across other states in the country, no fewer than 615 suspects were arrested and illicit drugs with a total weight of 3394.2031 kilograms recovered.
While commending officers and men of the Lagos state Command and their counterparts in Benue, FCT, Ogun, Ekiti and other parts of the country for their resilience and commitment to the war against illicit substances, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them not to rest on their oars. He called for continued collaboration between the Agency and other stakeholders especially the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.