Yusuf Yarkadir, a 90-year-old resident of the hamlet of Yarkadir in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State, has been detained by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for allegedly distributing drugs to the youths in his community.
Confessing to dealing in cannabis sativa for eight years, the nonagenarian revealed that he had allowed adolescents to buy marijuana from him due to their hunger for the illegal material. He admitted to illegally obtaining his supplies, but he swore he’d be arrested on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 to get him to exit the business because he’s attempted in the past to halt the illegal trade and was unable to.
In a like manner, Ondo State Command of the Agency for Narcotics Enforcement has arrested two teenage siblings and others for illicit drug peddling in the state capital. Onyema Sunday, 16, and his sister, Onyema Amaka, 15, were arrested in Car street in Akure with 1.894kilograms of Tramadol on Monday 5th July. On the same day, Kazeem Oluyede, a 23-year-old man, was arrested in Eru Oba in the capital city of Akure. In the local government area of Ifedore, 35-year-old Maryam Musa was also apprehended.
On July 7, in Ondo state, as part of an effort coordinated with surveillance and credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives detained Mr. Jalamia Ochonogor and Mr. Austin Uzoka at the Ogbese market in Akure North LGA, where they found 63kg of cannabis.
The State Bauchi Narcotics Enforcement Unit arrested at least seven people, and recovered 28.091kg of different drugs, including Diazepam, Exol-5, Rophynol, Tramadol, Codeine, and cannabis. Twenty suspects, including two top commanders of the Bauchi state command of the Agency, were arrested during separate raids conducted by the Bauchi state command of the Agency.
At the same time, various illicit narcotics travelling to the US, the UK, and New Zealand have been confiscated and apprehended by DOGI drug agents working for courier firms in Lagos.
For a courier service in New York City, 400 grams of Ketamine disguised in wall panels from Cameroon that were being shipped to the US was discovered. Some others are: Hidden in women’s headwear traveling from Onitsha, Anambra state to the UK are 30grams of Tramadol, which originates in Cameroon; A total of 200grams of Ketamine is coming from Cameroon, and is bound for the United States; and Lastly, around 400grams of Methamphetamine originating in Asaba, Delta state is on its way to New Zealand.
Chief Executive/Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the soldiers and officers of the DOGI (Katsina, Ondo, and Bauchi Commands), and the Ondo and Bauchi Commands, but also stressed that they should not slow down, but raise the level of effort in the ongoing fight against the drug cartels.