Two Passengers Excrete 150 Cocaine Wraps  As NDLEA Intercepts N7.3bn Codeine Consignment 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted  6,125 cartons of codeine syrup valued at over N7.35 billion at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers State. 

NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi, in a statement said the agency  conducted a 100 percent joint examination of the targeted containers which led to the recovery of 6,125 cartons containing 1,050,000 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 157,500 kilograms.

He added that in another major operation, NDLEA officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, arrested two passengers travelling to Doha on a Qatar Airways flight after they tested positive for ingesting illicit substances. 

He stated that the  suspects, Aikhomoun Daniel (alias Oladapo Olanrewaju) and Ayigoro Waheed Omobolaji, were taken into observatory custody. 

Daniel excreted a total of 90 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.022 kilograms in six excretions, while Ayigoro discharged 60 wraps of the same substance weighing 662 grams in five excretions.

Babafemi said further investigation revealed that Aikhomoun Daniel had stolen the identity of his late uncle, who was once based in Germany, to obtain a Schengen visa for easier access to Europe. 

His real name was discovered to be Oladapo Olanrewaju.

In a related development, NDLEA operatives recovered 40.32 kilograms of Loud, a potent strain of cannabis, in a black Toyota Tacoma truck along Lekki-Ikoyi Road.

He said the  driver abandoned the vehicle after noticing the operatives were on his trail.

In Abuja, the NDLEA disrupted a drug party dubbed “Go Hard or Go Home. Pick Your Poison,” arresting 60 suspects—25 males and 35 females—at an apartment in Sun City Estate.

He said the  raid followed credible intelligence about the party organized by one Stanley Ikechukwu, who was apprehended at the venue. 

He said six suspects were found with varying quantities of ecstasy and cannabis.

The NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd), directed that 20 of the suspects who tested negative for drugs be released unconditionally. 

The 33 others who tested positive were released on bail and are to report to the FCT Command on Monday for treatment and counseling.

In Edo State, NDLEA operatives arrested four suspects—Endurance Okon, 24; Joseph Michael, 23; Ovoco Bright, 43; and Goday Abanum, 23—in a deep forest in Ugun, Igueben Local Government Area. 

They raided and destroyed 18,632.22 kilograms of cannabis on 7.452888 hectares of farmland.

Throughout the past week, NDLEA commands and formations across the country have continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitization activities in schools, worship centers, workplaces, and communities.

Commending the officers and men involved in these operations, Brig. Gen. Marwa reiterated that no matter the ingenuity of drug cartels, the dedicated workforce of the NDLEA, in collaboration with other stakeholders, will always stay ahead to expose and thwart their tricks. 

He encouraged the officers to maintain their balanced approach to drug control efforts.


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