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A 20-year-old hair stylist, Josephine Odunu and a dispatch rider, Edesemi Ikporo have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for selling and distributing illicit drug-laced chin-chin to school students and at social parties in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.

NDLEA officers on patrol around Opolo area of Yenagoa had, on 10th March 2024 intercepted the motorcycle dispatch rider, Edesemi and recovered 200grams of chin-chin produced with cannabis sativa, which he was on a mission to deliver to a buyer. 

A statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi on Sunday said, a swift follow-up operation led to the arrest of the hairdresser, Josephine, who distributed the drugged chin-chin from the salon where she works in the Kpansia.

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 area of Yenagoa. A search of the salon also led to the recovery of 3.00kilograms bringing the total weight of the illicit substance seized from the duo to 3.2kg.

Investigations revealed that they distribute the chin-chin often laced with cannabis and tramadol to students and at birthday parties. While Edesemi handles the delivery to buyers, Josephine is a major distributor to a wanted suspect who produces the drugged chin-chin.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Adamawa state on 13th March arrested two wanted suspects: Ajim Samuel (aka Boss) and Davidson John Joshua (aka Dantala), while on their way from Onitsha, Anambra state where they had gone to buy a consignment of tramadol containing 14, 428 pills of the opioid which they tucked in the body compartments of their black Honda Civic car marked YLA 623 SL. 

The statement said, they were nabbed along Numan-Jalingo road. Also recovered from them were 21grams of cannabis and monetary exhibits totaling N19, 280. 

In Osun state, commercial bus driver, Ogunleye Adegoke was arrested along Gbongan-Ibadan road after NDLEA operatives discovered 2,000 capsules of tramadol, 60 tablets of rohypnol and 10 bottles of codeine syrup concealed in the spare tyre compartment of his vehicle. 

While a total of 343,000 pills of opioids were seized by NDLEA officers from a suspect, Lawan Abubakar in Azare town, Katagum, Bauchi state on Friday, same day the Nigerian Army transferred a suspect, Muhammadu Rabi’u with 64,000 pills of tramadol recovered from him to the Bauchi state command of the NDLEA.

At least, 24kg of cannabis was seized from the driver of a transport company, Ikechukwu Obialo, at Sagamu Interchange, Ogun state by NDLEA operatives on 13th March, while in Kano, two suspects: Ali Amadu and Adamu Hassan were nabbed with a total of 125.3kg cannabis; 3,400 pills of tramadol; and 30 bottles of codeine syrup.

They were arrested on 11th March at Gadar Tamburawa area, and 15th March at Tsamiya Babba, Hotoro respectively.

While 118 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from a warehouse in Masaka area of Nasarawa state on Saturday, NDLEA operatives in Edo state on  14th March arrested a suspect, Kole Samuel, with 75kg of same psychoactive substance at market area, Otuo, Owan East LGA.

Same day, Babafemi said, operatives raided the Oloma-Okpe forest in Akoko Edo LGA where they destroyed 3,944.2075 kilograms of cannabis on 1.577683 hectares of farmland.          


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