The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an 80-year-old woman, Mrs Mary Adebayo, her 19-year-old granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo and two other ladies for selling illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies in Akure, Ondo State.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi.
Their arrests were made following an intelligence-based report and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday, 2 May 2021, where over 192 kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered.
The other suspects were identified as 25-year-old Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida, the same age as the former.
Babafemi said, “As a result of the bust, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the acting Commander, Ondo state command of the Agency, Callys Alumona to launch a manhunt for other members of the drug cartel now on the run.
“The grandma and her granddaughter were arrested at 6:30 am on Sunday at Ayeyemi Street, Akure South Local Government Area.
“During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies- 149kg, cocaine-11 grammes, methamphetamine-17 grammes, heroin 3 grammes, Cannabis sativa 4.914kg, swinol 8 grammes and tramadol 49grammes.
“Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.”
Elsewhere, seizures made from the two other suspects were 33 kilogrammes of skuchies and cannabis-7grammes respectively from different locations.
According to the state’s acting Commander of the Agency, Callys Alumona, efforts are ongoing to arrest other members of the two drug cartels.
In a related development, operatives of the Adamawa Command have arrested a 58-year-old Victor Chinedu Anwanya, and 47-year-old Femi Abiodun, with 80 blocks of compressed Cannabis sativa weighing 76 kilogrammes, concealed in three white sacks tucked in the booth of a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: LAGOS DC 997 FST.
Disclosing the seizure, State Commander of the Agency, Idris Bello, said the suspects were arrested on Monday 3 May 202 at about 6:00 am in Mayo Belwa town, Mayo Belwa Local Government Area Adamawa State.
“They took off from Auchi in Edo State. Also recovered from them was a fake Police Warrant Card bearing the name Chinedu Anwanya with the rank of a DSP”, Bello stated.
Reacting to the development, Marwa commended officers and men of the Ondo and Adamawa state commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to work.
He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to continue the nationwide offensive action against the illicit trade.
He said, “I recognise and commend the great work our officers and men in Ondo and Adamawa states have done in these operations.
“However, I still want to encourage them and their counterparts across the country that we must raise the ante in fighting drug criminalities in Nigeria.
“We must now go beyond seizures and arrests, and dismantle the cartels because there are cartels behind each of the drugs, be it cocaine, heroin, tramadol or cannabis, there are cartels behind each of these drugs and we must identify them and rein them in, that is the next phase of this war as we continue with our maxim of offensive action.”