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THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Nigeria-based Congolese, Kadi Kandigu, and a Nigerian, Ebuka Anthony Makowulu, at the NAHCO and SAHCO export sheds of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos, for drug-related offences.

The two men were arrested for attempting to export controlled and illicit drugs to the United States of America and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A statement by the Director, Media & Advocacy for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said that while Kandigu was arrested on Tuesday May 31, 2022 at the NAHCO export shed allegedly for attempting to export 2.100 kilogrammes of pentazocine injection, Makowulu was nabbed on Friday June 3, 2022 allegedly in connection with an attempt to export parcels of cannabis sativa concealed in cereals packs to Dubai through the SAHCO cargo shed.

The agency said investigations revealed that the pentazocine consignment was being sent to Kinshasa, Congo, while a similar package containing 200 bottles of pentazocine injection intercepted a week earlier at the airport was heading to the US.

“In his case, Makowulu was caught with eight parcels of cannabis weighing 2.90kg concealed in Nutribom cereals cartons, among other natural packs of the cereal, as part of a consolidated cargo meant for different people in Dubai.

“Meanwhile, anti-narcotics officers in Edo have intercepted 10,280 tablets of Tramadol, 2000 tablets of Diazepam, 300 tablets of Swinol, 5000 tablets of Axol and 10 bottles of codeine-based syrup in the Irrua area of the state, while they also destroyed 5.301713 hectares of cannabis farm in Oke forest, Ovia North East LGA, as part of efforts to disrupt all cannabis planting activities for the season in the state,” the agency stated.

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Also, in Yobe State, NDLEA operatives, on Friday June 9, 2022, raided the Tsohuwar Kasuwa area of Potiskum town, where a notorious drug dealer, Usman Alhaji, alias NEPA, was arrested and 22 blocks of cannabis sativa recovered from him.

Usman Alhaji aka Nepa

The agency said in the past week, no fewer than 39 suspects had been arrested across drug joints raided in parts of the Federal Capital Territory and different quantities of various illicit drugs recovered from them.

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