27 Dec Nigeria: “NDLEA Operation Unveils Intercontinental Drug Trafficking Network: 70-Year-Old Grandma and Son Nabbed with 117.900kg of Cannabis”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a startling turn of events, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended an unlikely duo involved in drug trafficking – a 70-year-old grandmother, Selifat Funke Cole, and her son, Babajide Ayorinde Cole. The arrest, which took place following a raid on their residence in the Mushin area of Lagos, resulted in the discovery of a substantial 117.900kg of cannabis sativa.
The NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, revealed this development, shedding light on the agency’s continuous efforts to combat drug-related offenses. This revelation coincided with another significant interception at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos. In this instance, sniffer dogs deployed by the NDLEA uncovered cocaine concealed within a consignment of spare parts destined for India. The shipment, originating from Asaba, Delta, and bound for Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, was found to contain 200 grams of cocaine.
The agency’s vigilance extended to Delta, where a joint operation with the military led to the raid of the residence of a notorious drug kingpin, Chukwuma Eneriku, in Okanaro Street, Abbi town. The operation resulted in the confiscation of 353kg of cannabis. Simultaneously, NDLEA operatives in Enugu seized 435.1kg of Indian hemp in a warehouse located at Trans Ekulu, Enugu East local government area.
The report also highlighted an incident in Edo, where individuals posing as NDLEA officers were apprehended. Five persons, dressed in NDLEA operational jackets, were arrested with a fabricated gun and a pistol carved from wood. This development followed intelligence reports indicating their impersonation and engagement in illegal operations.
These series of events underscore the relentless efforts of the NDLEA in tackling drug-related crimes across various regions. The arrests and interceptions serve as a testament to the agency’s commitment to curbing illicit drug activities and maintaining the integrity of the nation’s security.
The article encapsulates the gravity of the situation, detailing the diverse operations carried out by the NDLEA to combat drug trafficking and related offenses. It provides a comprehensive overview of the incidents, emphasizing the agency’s dedication to enforcing the law and safeguarding communities from the detrimental impact of illicit substances.