The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Sunday, said it has destroyed a cannabis farm in Ekiti state which spans across 16 hectares of farmland while 4,000 kilograms of different illicit drugs were intercepted in multiple raids across the country.
The agency disclosed this in a statement made available by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi via the agency’s website.
According to the statement, the agency, between Monday and Wednesday, bust some forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where the cannabis farmland was discovered and set ablaze, destroying about 40 tons of cannabis plants.
Babafemi said, “In a massive operation between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th September, NDLEA operatives stormed thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where they destroyed 40 tons (40,000 kilograms) of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.”
He added that the NDLEA operatives on Friday, along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road intercepted two Sienna buses conveying 1,194 cylinders of nitrous oxide popularly known as laughing gas which weighed 2,547.2 kilograms meant for delivery in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“No fewer than 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilograms loaded in two Toyota Sienna buses were on Friday 22nd September intercepted by NDLEA operatives along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway. Two suspects: Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe who were taking the consignments to the nation’s Federal Capital Territory for distribution have been arrested and taken into custody.
“While one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200kgs, the second bus with registration number FKJ 329 YA was conveying 100 cartons of the substance with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280kgs. A 48-year-old woman, Mrs. Ugo Eluba was also arrested in Abuja in a follow-up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi state were traced to her.”
The agency said it intercepted a trailer with registration number LSR 343 XW with 959kgs of skunk concealed in Maggi cartons meant for distribution in Sokoto and Abuja while two suspects, Shuaibu Yusif and Abubakar Hussaini, were arrested for illegal possession of 89.1kgs of skunks in Jigawa.
“In the FCT, operatives intercepted 977 kilograms of skunk on Wednesday 20th September in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, bearing cartons of maggi. The skunk consignment was loaded into the truck at Ipele junction in Ondo state. While 959kgs of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto state, the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada. Two suspects: Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar have been arrested in connection with the seizure, while two other suspects: Mutari Abdulazeez, 31, and Ayuba Madaki, 28, were also arrested on Saturday 23rd September at Zuba area of the FCT with different quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis and 13, 930 pills of tramadol.
“In the same vein, Shuaibu Yusif, 27, and Abubakar Hussaini, 20, were on Saturday 23rd September nabbed with 89.1kgs of skunk along Kano -Hadejia road, Jigawa state during a stop and search patrol by NDLEA operatives.”
In another operation in Kaduna and Lagos, the agency intercepted 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection with the suspected owner of the consignment arrested in Bauchi while 183kgs of Ghana Loud concealed in the body compartments of a bus was intercepted in Lagos.
“No fewer than 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection were recovered from a suspect, Usman Musa Sidi, 35, on Monday 18th September along Abuja – Forest road, Kaduna while on his way to Bauchi state. A follow-up operation in Bauchi led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Dominic Chukwuma, 35, on Tuesday 19th September, with at least 2.58kgs of Diazepam and 36.55kgs of pentazocine injection recovered from his home. Two other suspects: Inuwa Nuhu and Isiyaku Dahiru Sani were also arrested the same Tuesday in connection with the seizure of 49 blocks of cannabis sativa concealed in a black sack weighing 26kgs in a commercial vehicle coming from Ogere, Ogun state to Kano.
“While a total of 183kgs of Ghana Loud, a strain of cannabis, were recovered from body compartments of a J5 bus intercepted in Lagos on Wednesday 20th September, operatives in Sokoto, on Tuesday 19th September arrested one Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup at Unguwar Kosai area of Sokoto. In Edo state, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258kgs were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA,” the statement read.