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4.9bn cocaine, heroin seized in Lagos

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized consignments of cocaine and heroin weighing 16.85kg worth over N4.9 billion in street value.

Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday said the drugs were seized at the Apapa seaport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

He said the cocaine was seized on board a ship, MV Karteria which came in from Santos, Brazil on November 7.

Barely three weeks ago, 32.9kg of cocaine was intercepted at the port on another vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, also from Santos, Brazil.

Babafemi said five persons have been arrested in different parts of Lagos and Delta states in connection with the seizure of 3.200kg heroin found on a passenger, Christian Osondu, at the E- Arrival hall of the MMIA, on November 5, during the inward clearance of Air Peace flight passengers from South Africa.

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Another operation also led to the arrest of one Ude Onyeka Victor in the Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos.

The statement reads, “Ude Onyeka confessed that his elder brother, Ikenna Ude, who is based in South Africa, had instructed him to collect the bag containing the drug and hand over to another person who was supposed to come from Delta State.

A second follow-up operation led to the arrest of Abanjo Innocent who came to Lagos from Delta State to pick the bag containing the drug around Cele Bus stop, Okota, on November 6. He also confessed that he was contracted by one Oseki Chinedu, who is based in South Africa to travel to Lagos to collect the bag and bring it to Agbor Junction, Delta State.

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The third follow-up operation led to the arrest of Ihator Theophilus Isioma at Agbor Junction, Delta State on Sunday 7th November. Other seizures were in various parts of the country, Babafemi said.

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