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NDLEA intercepts car conveying 40 blocks of cannabis to Niger Republic

NDLEA intercepts car conveying 40 blocks of cannabis to Niger Republic
March 10
15:09 2024

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have intercepted a vehicle conveying 40 blocks of cannabis from Geidam LGA of Yobe state to Niger Republic. 

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the consignment was headed to the Gagamari area of Niger Republic.

Mala Tijjani, the occupant of the vehicle, was arrested during the operation.

The operatives also intercepted 42 cartons containing 8,400 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 1,260 kilograms from a driver on Katsina road, Kaduna, on March 5.


“Operatives at Geidam in Yobe state intercepted a Golf 3 salon car heading to Gagamari in Niger republic, where the occupant, Alhaji Mala Tijjani, 28, was to deliver 40 blocks of cannabis weighing 24.5kg to another dealer,” the statement reads.

“While 42 cartons containing 8,400 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 1,260 kilograms were recovered from a driver, Mutari Ya’u, 29, at Katsina road, Kaduna on Tuesday 5th March.

“In Kano state, Nura Yusuf, 35, was arrested with 62kg cannabis at Gadar Tamburawa area, where Abubakar Sani, 40, was also nabbed with 244 bottles of codeine syrup, while Mohammad Alkali, 28, was found with 49, 800 pills of tramadol along Kano-Maiduguri road, on Thursday 7th March.


“In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Borno state have arrested a 70-year-old grandfather, Mallam Mai Gemu Adam and 65-year-old Yamama Musa for drug trafficking. They were arrested on Saturday 9th March along with 24-year-old Abubakar Ya’u and Babagana Abubakar Ali, 28, in Maiduguri and Gamboru-Ngala respectively while 32,000 ampoules of tramadol injection were recovered from them.”

In the north-central, NDLEA operatives arrested no fewer than eight suspects when they raided an abattoir in the Karu area of the FCT. In Plateau, two suspects were arrested with cannabis weighing 611.428kg at Zawan, Jos South LGA.

“While in Kogi state NDLEA officers intercepted a commercial J5 bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra state to Zaria, Kaduna state on Wednesday 6th March along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway where a total of 8,580 pills of tramadol and exol-5 were seized from a suspect, Yusuf Abdullahi, 40,” the NDLEA said.

In Osun, no fewer than 5.2kg of cannabis sativa and opioids were discovered in the engine compartment of an interstate commercial bus during a stop and search operation along Gbongan–Ibadan road.


In Enugu, the operatives raided some locked-up shops at the new market in the Enugu metropolitan area where 371.42kg of cannabis and 9.49 grams of methamphetamine were recovered.

Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman, encouraged the officers not to rest on their oars as they continue their drug supply and demand reduction activities.

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