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Crime & Punishment of Monday, 27 December 2021


Woman arrested for hiding drug in food for boyfriend

The suspect Amala Ogonachukwu The suspect Amala Ogonachukwu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 22-year-old woman, Amaka Ogonachukwu for allegedly attempting to smuggle wraps of cocaine concealed in cooked white rice for her boyfriend, Monday Imagbebenikaro, 40, in the custody of the Edo State Command of the agency.

The agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said Monday was arrested earlier along Airport Road, Benin-City, Oredo Local Government Area, for dealing in crack cocaine, cannabis Sativa and Danabel (Anabolic steroids).

The agency also said it seized 8,381,600 capsules of Tramadol and 56,782 bottles of codeine in major raids in Lagos State.

Babafemi said the seizures followed the order of the Chairman/Chief Executive, Brigadier-General Mohammad Buba Marwa (retd) to carry out sustained surveillance on some targets at Satellite Town and Alaba Rago areas of Lagos, ahead of Christmas.

He said the Satellite Town target was eventually raided on Thursday, December 23, when an alleged drug kingpin, Ezekiel Ibe, was arrested and over five tons of high milligrams Tramadol; 225mg and 100mg recovered from his warehouse.

A breakdown of the seized drug shows 7,991,600 Tramadol tablets and 390,000 capsules of same weighing 5,468.894 kilograms, Babafemi said.

The spokesman said in another raid on Monday, December 20 following surveillance in a notorious neighbourhood at Alaba Rago, Alaba area of Lagos, one Surajo Mohammed, was arrested with 941.14kg cannabis while 56,782 bottles of codeine were seized from the store of another drug lord still at large.

On the same day, during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers’ luggage at the same gate, a male passenger, Osakue Evbuomwan travelling to Milan, Italy was arrested with 1.55kg of Tramadol concealed in a Ghana-must-go bag.

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