Apolos had been on the wanted list of the Abia state Command of the NDLEA since February following the arrest of one Chima Ukeleonu, the suspect behind the video that went viral in January 2021, showing a young man hawking illicit drugs on the street. As a result, 38-year-old Apolos was put on wanted list.
Narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory Command of the NDLEA have also launched a manhunt for another member of the syndicate involved in producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis, alcohol and rohypnol among other ingredients.
According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the NDLEA Chief made the comments on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspects comprising 10 males and two females were apprehended with about 450 kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Onyinye Madu, Attache de pressé/Press Officer of France Embassy in Nigeria.
The agency also intercepted 2,800 bottles of diverse cough syrups after it thwarted attempts to smuggle them into the Federal Capital Territory.
Buba Wakawa, the NDLEA Commander in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin that the suspects were arrested with 1,330 kg of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.
This was revealed in a statement by the Director of Advocacy of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Femi Babafemi, on Tuesday.
The Commander of the task force, Maj.-Gen. Dominic Onyemelu, presented the suspects to newsmen on Thursday in Jos.
The Agency’s Director Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Lawan made this known in a keynote address to declare open a Public Hearing on the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency Act 2004.
Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP Delta) on Thursday stressed that while the caucus is not against any genuine visa clearance measures, especially those placed to curb drug trafficking and other criminal tendencies, it is however concerned about policies such as fees that tend to place undue pressure on innocent citizens.
Ojomo is facing one count of dealing in 250g of Cannabis sativa (hemp).
Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mba Musa, told a news conference that the cocaine was contained in a vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO which also carried 42,000 tonnes of raw sugar from Brazil.
A notorious trafficker, Sikiru Owolabi, who is behind at least two of the parcels has been traced and arrested after days of thorough and systematic surveillance by NDLEA operatives.
The defendant, according to the charge marked FHC/L/60c/2021, is being tried on one-count of dealing on 179g of cocaine .
Chairman/Chief Executive of the lead anti-drug law enforcement agency, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede in Abuja on Monday.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement on by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.
Marwa made the disclosure on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti at a colloquium tagged: “Walk Away from Drugs’’, a programme organised by Ekiti Ministry of Justice.