In a fresh raid in Benue, Nasarawa and Ondo States by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), no fewer than 43 dealers and consumers of illicit substances were arrested and 137.55 kilograms of assorted drugs were recovered.
In a coordinated raids of seven states of Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Enugu, Bauchi, Edo and Anambra, the NDLEA seized a total of 8,268.3 kilograms of illicit drug of different kinds.
According to the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in Nasarawa State. NDLEA operatives backed by a detachment of soldiers from 177 battalion of the Nigerian Army in Keffi raided notorious drug joints in Kara Masaka, Ruwa Ruwa Uke, Abattoir at the border in Abuja, Filing Bala, Masaka U-Turn and other places for two days (August 5 and 6, 2021) during which at least 41 suspects were arrested and assorted drugs with a total weight of 65.250 kilograms recovered.
Babafemi disclosed that cannabis planted by the drug dealers in the adjoining bushes were destroyed while all the stalls in the drug markets were dismantled and set ablaze.
He also disclosed that the operatives of the Ondo State Command of the agency in the early hours of August 9, 2021, raided Odopetu area of Akure, the state capital, where one Mrs. Folake Ademola, 44, was arrested while her husband fled.
In Benue State, a 34-year-old Iornum Emmanuel was arrested at the NDLEA Aliade checkpoint on August 8, 2021, with different quantities of assorted drugs, which included tramadol, 500 grammes; diazepam, 1.5 kilogrammes, and exol, 5-7.9 kilogrammes.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), commended the commanders, officers and men of the Nasarawa, Ondo and Benue State Commands for their commitment to the goal of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and trafficking.