A 53-year-old physically challenged man named Ehiarimwiam Osaromo Emmanuel, has been apprehended by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport for drug trafficking.
He was nabbed on Sunday 28 August on his way to Italy, through Dohu on a Qatar Airways flight.
According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said the suspect, an indigenous of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, was discovered to have hidden 5,000 tablets of tramadol 225mg in his luggage.
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“Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect is a frequent traveller who often travels with lots of bags containing mainly food items, body cream, hair attachment and drinks.
“The suspect was said to have presented his usual large consignment to NDLEA operatives for search but held on to some packages, which were retrieved from him and properly searched during which the drugs were discovered,” he said.
Femi also pointed out that as part of ongoing actions to demobilise and pull apart all criminal groups behind the output and distribution of crystal methamphetamine across the country, NDLEA operatives on Monday 29th August raided a suspected clandestine laboratory at Opic Estate, Agbara, Lagos.
“Clues from the property led operatives to another in the vicinity where one Peter James was apprehended with some quantity of the substance.
“A follow up operation within the estate also led to the arrest of a meth dealer, Mathew Bobby Imonitie, who was caught with 4.033kilograms of the illicit substance,” he said.
He also revealed that a raid at a rented apartment in in Raji Rasaki First Estate in Festac town, Lagos on Saturday 27th August led to the expropriation of 412,780 tablets of Tramadol and the arrest of one of the suspects involved, Kingsley Duru.
In the same case, he said troops of 81 division of the Nigerian Army had transferred over to the Lagos Command of NDLEA 792 blocks of cannabis sativa smuggled from the Volta region of Ghana into Ogun State but blocked at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic border.