NDLEA uncovers interstate drug cartels in Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue
… Recovers 843kg Cocaine, Skunk
By Sunday Elom N.
Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have uncovered three interstate drug cartels in Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue states from where traffickers syndicate illicit substances to some states in the North, Orient Daily can report.
The NDLEA said that in separate raids carried out in Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue states, they recovered cocaine and skunk weighing over 843 kilograms and arrested at least seven of the drug kingpins behind the drug syndication.
According to a statement by Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, “In a bid to evade the frequent road interdiction efforts by officers of the Kogi state command of the Agency, a cartel led by one Augustine Emmanuel, 45, opted to move its consignments through the waterways between Edo and Kogi states.
“They were however intercepted on Monday 12th July 2021 at a Jetty in Idah, Kogi State, where a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487kg of cannabis and ferried across the waterways from Agenebode, Edo State to the Jetty in Idah, was seized and the syndicate leader arrested.”
Also, in Nasarawa State, a team of NDLEA operatives on July 8, raided one of the most hostile drug joints in the State capital and recovered about 356kg of cannabis and other various psychotropic substances and arrested four major drug dealers including the most notorious drug kingpin in the state whose real name is Muhammed Umar but popularly known as “Boogie”.
Orient Daily learnt that Umar’s drug distribution scope cut across Kano, Plateau, Benue and parts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
In a similar scenario, certain quantities of cocaine were also intercepted in Benue on July 8, July 9 and July 13, 2021.
Orient Daily further learnt that the first drug baron, John Aondosoo was arrested in Makurdi Benue state capital on Thursday 8 July with 28.6grams of crack cocaine and after initial interrogation, it was discovered that his supplier, Henry Ezeomah would bring more supplies in the early hours of Friday from Obosi, Anambra.
Operatives of NDLEA trailed Ezeomah and arrested him on Friday July 9 with 29.17grams of crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, in a separate raid on Tuesday July 13th, the Benue command of the Agency also seized some quantities of cocaine.
Commenting on the development, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Commanders, officers and men of Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue Commands of the NDLEA for taking the war against illicit drugs in Nigeria to the doorsteps of the cartels.
Marwa therefore charged the officers not to relent but remain resolute in their commitment to rid every community of the drug wave.