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An Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Drug Control is currently in the process of formulating a National Drug Control Master Plan 2014-2018, which will provide a road map for Nigeria to respond to drug supply and drug control matters for the next five years. The IMC is eager to ensure they have captured as much information as possible to feed into the development of this strategy. A series of town hall meetings are occurring across Nigeria, but we recognise that we can't get to every person who has something valuable to contribute to this strategy.
ITALIAN BASED NIGERIAN ARRESTED FOR INGESTING 63 WRAPS OF COCAINE, I CAME IN SEARCH OF A WIFE-SUSPECT
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure hall of the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have apprehended a suspected drug trafficker. The forty (40) year old suspect, Amobi Okoye living in Ancona, Italy was arrested while trying to board an Alitalia flight. He was found to have swallowed sixty-three (63) wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.030kg. The suspect, in his statement said that he came to Nigeria in search for a wife but decided to smuggle cocaine because he was broke.
According to the NDLEA Airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the suspect was nabbed with the help of scanning machine. In his words, “a forty (40) year old Nigerian living in Italy, Amobi Okoye has been arrested for trafficking in cocaine. The suspect was nabbed with the assistance of scanning machine. While under observation, he excreted a total of sixty-three (63) wraps of powdery substances weighing 1.030kg that tested positive for cocaine. He is currently under investigation”.
Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three customs licensed clearing and forwarding agents and a motorcycle parts dealer. The suspects are being interrogated in connection with three shipments of methamphetamine meant for export to Malaysia on an Ethiopian Airways flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The drug weighing 70.4kg has an estimated street value of 352 million naira.
The names of the three agents released by the NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, are Adewuyi Segun, 45 years, Atebata Godwin, 27 years and Akpaida Kareem Ajayi, 33 years. In addition, a 36 year old motorcycle parts dealer at Nnewi, Anambra State by name Ukpabi Paul, was also arrested.
A 34 year old trader has been apprehended by anti-narcotic officers over attempt to smuggle 16.335kg of cannabis concealed in foodstuff to Dubai. The suspect who sells clothes at Ikorodu area of Lagos was invited for interrogation at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) during the screening of passengers on an Etihad flight. Ten parcels of the drug were hidden in two big bags.
A 32 year old single lady, Chizoba Anya Vivian is currently being quizzed by anti-narcotic officers for allegedly excreting wraps of substance that tested positive for methamphetamine on-board a Qatar Airline Flight from Malaysia. The suspect was said to have aroused suspicion following her frequent visit to the toilet. On arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, three wraps of methamphetamine was found in her possession.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said that the suspect while under observation excreted two additional wraps. In his words, “the suspect was found with three wraps which she excreted in the aircraft. While she was under observation at the Lagos airport, she excreted two additional wraps of drugs. The five wraps which tested positive for methamphetamine weighed 80 grammes”.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a consignment of 195 grammes of heroin inside a bag of female artificial hair at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The seizure was made on December 31, 2013 during search of luggage to Monrovia, Liberia in an Arik flight. Officials have arrested the consignor, a 34 year old housewife, Nsofor Ngozi Anderlin for attempting to export the drug to her husband in Liberia.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has aborted a plot to export 9.2kg of methamphetamine hidden inside palm oil to South Africa. The discovery was made during screening of cargoes on a South African Airline flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. A taxi driver who brought the consignment has been apprehended by anti-narcotic officials.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered a currency trafficking syndicate with the seizure of two hundred and forty thousand ($240,000) United States dollars hidden inside dictionaries at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. A 39 year-old Congolese and fashion designer, Mfundu Angela who attempted exporting the suspected fake dollars to Congo-Kinshasa through Cargolux airline has been apprehended by the anti-narcotic officers.
A suspected drug syndicate has abandoned 9.270kg of heroin originating from Pakistan at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) discovered the drug inside an abandoned luggage on the conveyor belt during inward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight. A 38 year old auto parts dealer, Ohagwu Earnest Ifeanyi who attempted boarding a Qatar airline flight to China with 735 grammes of heroin hidden in his stomach was also arrested. The heroin weighing 10.005kg is valued at over 80 million naira.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for intercepting 233,699.875kg of narcotics in 2012, destruction of 1,404.27 hectares of cannabis plantation with the arrest of 8,052 suspected drug traffickers comprising 7,510 males and 542 females. The president’s satisfaction was conveyed in a letter addressed to the Agency and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
To become the most proactive and leading drug law enforcement Agency on the African Continent and one of the best in the world through the provision of effective and efficient services to Nigerians by cutting off the supply of illicit drugs, reducing the
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