Just In: Atiku Abubakar, Lekki businessman Chidiebere arrested
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested one Atiku Abubakar.
Abubakar, a 22-year-old man, was arrested along the Abuja-Kaduna road with 50 blocks of cannabis weighing 28kg while traveling from Lagos to Shinkafi in Zamfara state in a commercial bus.
In the same vein, a Lekki Lagos-based businessman, Cyril Chidiebere was on Friday 14th April arrested along with two of his freight agents: Mejabi Peter Sunday and Oyeyinka Babatunde over their involvement in the importation of twelve (12) parcels of Loud, a strain of cannabis, weighing 6.50kg, which was part of a consolidated cargo brought in from the United States of America.
The arrest and seizure followed a three-day intelligence-led operation.
Following the arrival of the cargo at the NAHCO import shed of the MMIA, its movement out of the airport was closely monitored in a sting operation until the actual importer, Cyril Chidiebere, was arrested in his house at Abraham Adesanya estate, Ajah, Lekki area of Lagos.
Both Mejabi and Chidiebere have made useful statements to confirm that the latter has been involved in dealing with illicit drugs in the past.
Similarly, anti-narcotic officers acting on a tip-off, arrested two suspects: Aminu Saudi, 45 and Abdullahi Sani, 35, at Ogbese, Ondo state, with 11 jumbo bags containing 211kg of cannabis concealed in rice chaff. This was closely followed by the destruction of six hectares of cannabis farm in the Uso forest in the state on Thursday 13th April.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) on Sunday, however, commended the officers of the agency for the arrests and seizures of the past week.