The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested 43 dealers and consumers of illicit substances in fresh raids carried out in Nasarawa, Benue and Ondo states.
The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, revealed that 137.55 kilogrammes of assorted drugs were recovered during the ‘offensive action’.
According to him, NDLEA operatives backed by a detachment of soldiers from 177 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Keffi, raided the notorious drug joints located in Nasarawa.
He said that the raid was in Kara Masaka, Ruwa Ruwa Uke, and Abattoir at the border with FCT, Filin Bala, Masaka U- Turn and others for two consecutive days.
He said: “During the raids, at least 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 recovered from them.
“Cannabis plants planted by the drug dealers in the adjoining bushes were destroyed while all the stalls in the drug markets were dismantled and set ablaze.”
In another development, in the early hours of Monday, operatives of the Ondo State Command raided Odopetu area of Akure, in Akure South Local Government Area of the state capital.
The director said that a 44-year-old woman, Folake Ademola, was arrested while her husband escaped.
“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 kilogrammes.
“In Benue state, a 34-year-old man, Mr Iornum Emmanuel was arrested at the NDLEA Aliade checkpoint on Sunday, Aug. 8.
“He was arrested with different quantities of assorted illicit drugs, which include; tramadol -500 grams; diazepam- 1.5kg and exol 5- 7.9kg,’’ the director said.
Mr Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, rBuba Marwa, as commending the commanders, officers and men of the Nasarawa, Ondo and Benue state commands for their commitment.
Mr Marwa lauded the officers and men of the agency toward achieving the goal of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and trafficking.
He charged them and their colleagues in other commands to continue with the offensive until all the drug cartels in Nigeria were dismantled.