Amaka Ogonachukwu, 22, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly attempting to smuggle wraps of cocaine concealed in cooked white rice to her boyfriend, Monday Imagbebenikaro (40), who is now in the custody of the agency’s Edo State Command.
In a statement released on Sunday, the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said Imagbebenikaro was previously arrested on Airport Road in Benin City for dealing in crack cocaine, cannabis sativa, and Danabel (Anabolic steroids).
In major raids in Lagos State, the agency said it seized 8,381,600 Tramadol capsules and 56,782 bottles of codeine.
The seizures, according to Babafemi, were made after a sustained surveillance operation on some targets in the Lagos neighborhoods of Satellite Town and Alaba Rago in the run-up to Christmas.
On Thursday, he said, the Satellite Town target was raided. During the operation, Ezekiel Ibe, an alleged drug lord, was apprehended.
His warehouse yielded over five tons of high milligram Tramadol (225mg and 100mg).
According to Babafemi, the seized drug consists of 7,991,600 Tramadol tablets and 390,000 Tramadol capsules weighing 5,468.894 kilograms.
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Surajo Mohammed was arrested with 941.14kg cannabis in another raid on Monday following tasking surveillance in a notorious neighborhood in Alaba Rago, Alaba area of Lagos, according to the spokesman. 56,782 bottles of codeine were seized from the store of another drug lord still at large.
“In a related development, Ovire Cyril, an outbound passenger on Turkish Airlines bound for Italy, was arrested with 114 wraps of heroin weighing 1.80kg during a routine search at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.”
“The drugs were hidden in the pockets of four pairs of jean pants that were packed in a black suitcase.
“The suspect claimed he was promised €5,000.00 if he successfully delivered the consignment in Italy, claiming he was pushed into the crime by hardship after he lost his job.”
A male passenger, Osakue Evbuomwan, was arrested with 1.55kg of Tramadol concealed in a ‘Ghana must go’ bag during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers’ luggages at the same gate.