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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Source: The Sun

NDLEA nabs drug baron in Nasarawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recorded a major breakthrough in the fight against illicit and contraband substances with the arrest of the most wanted drug baron, Sami Ashoko, in Nasarawa State.

It was, indeed, a bleak Easter for him as he did not only spend the festive season in custody, his warehouse filled with skunk was also raided and 100 bags of the illicit drug weighing 1,095.3kg seized.

According to a statement by the Director Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, same fate also befell members of another cartel who were arrested in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government area of Edo state, and their illicit consignment weighing 1,330kg, meant for Bauchi state, equally seized. Both syndicates were busted on Friday while trying to distribute their illegal substances for the Easter sales.

In Nasarawa, Ashoko, 39, who hails from Ibilo in Akoko Edo area of Edo state, was arrested in Shinge, Lafia, based on actionable intelligence. A team of operatives had stormed his warehouse in Lafia and recovered 100 bags of cannabis weighing about 1.1 tons or 1095.3 kg.

In the statement, the  Commander, Nasarawa state Command of the NDLEA, Justice Arinze, said, “Sami Ashoko is the most wanted drug baron who has been on our watch list in Nasarawa state.

“This seizure has beaten the previous record of 45 bags weighing about half ton recovered in January 2021, as the highest singular seizure of cannabis since the inception of the Command in 1999. The seized consignment was meant for Easter sales, and which he expects to sell out in two weeks.”

In a related development, two members of another drug cartel, Adamu Badamasi and Adamu Abba, were also arrested same day in Edo state while trying to move 950 compressed blocks of cannabis weighing 1,330kg, procured from Uzeba, Owan West Local Government area of the state to Bauchi state, for Easter sales.

Commander of the Edo state Command of the anti-drug law enforcement agency, Buba Wakawa, disclosed that the arrest and seizure disrupted the Easter sales plan of the cartel, which tried to escape arrest through hinterland routes in their white colour Peugeot J5 space bus with registration number Lagos JJJ 722 XC.

In the same vein, another trafficker who supplies drugs to some notorious drug joints in Abuja was, at the weekend, arrested along Gwagwalada Expressway, FCT, while bringing 46 compressed blocks of cannabis for drug dealers in Mabushi and Banex areas of the capital city.

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