Drug lord Okamaru is arrested in Ondo while a Nigerian based in Italy excretes 95 granules of heroin at Abuja airport

Tons of Tramadol, cannabis seized in Edo, Kaduna, Kogi, A/Ibom, Oyo

Henry Chukwuneku Okamaru, popularly known as Lawrence Ik Okamaru, wanted for the 2,000.6 kg of cannabis sativa seized from a concrete mixer truck in Adamawa state on December 2, 2021, has been arrested in Ondo state after five months persecution by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

According to a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Director, Media & Advocacy Headquarters in Abuja, two suspects, Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nmborgwu, were arrested in connection with the shipment last December.

“They had confessed that the concrete mixer truck with Lagos license plate SMK 890 XB was loaded with the illicit drug in Ogbese, Ondo State, while traveling for two months on the road before reaching Adamawa, where they were eventually arrested by NDLEA officers. ”. the statement said.

Investigations revealed that Okamaru is one of the leaders of a cannabis cultivation cartel operating on the Ondo-Ekiti axis, as he travels between Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Delta states from where he coordinates the supply of illicit shipments to the northern parts of the country. country and Lagos state.

“The drug lord has also been identified as a member of an international drug trafficking network, while traveling between Nigeria and South Africa, where he settles his family,” Babafemi said in the statement. “It has strong control and involvement in cannabis cultivation in Ondo, Edo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states with large storage facilities in Lagos and Abbi in Delta state from where its shipments are distributed throughout the year” .

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old Nigerian residing in Italy, Nwakanma Michael Uche, was arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja, for ingesting heroin pellets.

Nwakanma, a native of Arondizuogu Village, Imo State Ideate Council, was caught while trying to board the Air France airline on the Abuja-Paris-Milan route, Italy, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Thereafter, he was kept under observation during which he excreted 95 pellets of the illicit drug.

He claimed that he came to see his parents in Nigeria after 12 years in Italy and to complete his father’s traditional marriage rites. She added that she would be paid N1.5million after a successful delivery of the drugs in Milan.

In five states of Edo, Kaduna, Kogi, Akwa Ibom and Oyo, NDLEA agents intensified their offensive action against drug cartels. In Edo, a pharmacy along Sapele Road, Benin, was raided on Friday, May 27, after prolonged intelligence and surveillance.

The store owner, Thaddeus Uliagbafusi, 58, was detained while a total of 130,670 tablets of various controlled drugs, 1,396 ampoules of injectable pentazocine and 743 vials of codeine were recovered from a secret drug repackaging location.

This followed a similar raid on a drug store operated by Ms. Christianah Gabriel, 53, in Uromi, Esan North East LGA, Edo State, who was arrested with 25kg of cannabis.

While officers seized 15,000 pentazocine injection vials in Kaduna along the Abuja-Kaduna express highway, 12,500 diazepam tablets were intercepted along the Okene-Abuja highway on Thursday, May 26. The drug displays were found inside a truck transporting engine parts from Onitsha, Anambra to Kaduna.

In Akwa Ibom, a drug dealer, Irene Emmanuel Bassey, was arrested on Saturday May 28 during a search of her home in Ikpa town, Esit Eket Council, where 30.5 kg of cannabis was recovered, while Muideen Rasaki was stopped at 90.8 kg. cannabis in Elere, Boluwaji area of ​​Ibadan Southeast Council.

While commending the officers and men of the Intelligence Directorate, NAIA, Edo, Kaduna, Kogi, Akwa Ibom and Oyo, Agency Commandos for the series of arrests and seizures in the past week, NDLEA President/CEO , Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retired) charged them and their compatriots throughout the country to continue their offensive action against the drug cartels and their capos.

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