A nursing mother, Mariam Drissu, 35, has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle Indian hemp to a suspect detained in a National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) cell in Edo State.
NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement yesterday that the woman attemped to smuggle the banned drug to the suspect in the food she brought to him.
Babafemi said the nursing mother was apprehended on Thursday, describing the alleged attempt as “a most audacious move”.
“Officers on duty had while searching the food brought by Mariam for her relation in custody discovered two cups of ‘Loud’ cannabis weighing 13g buried inside the food (akpu) meant for the suspect in custody,” Babafemi said.
Babafemi also said that in Kaduna, another suspected fake soldier, Abiodun Ademoya, was arrested in Zaria with 11.6kg of cannabis.
Giving a rundown of the achievements of the agency, he said operatives of the NDLEA have intercepted over 2,060kg of assorted drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis, tramadol and rohypnol in operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos as well as in Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and some courier companies.
“Two consignments of heroin weighing 4.40kg and 550g were intercepted on October 6 and 15 at the cargo shed of the MMIA, Ikeja. The first was seized at the SAHCO import shed of the airport when it was discovered inside bags of granulated sugar and flour from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa to Lagos on an Ethiopian Airlines flight,” he said.
“Two suspects, Chukwuemeka Ugochukwu, a freight agent that cleared the consignment, and one Kabiru Aminu, a stock keeper that was to collect the cargo for onward distribution to recipients, were arrested for further investigation. In a follow-up operation on 9th October, one Adeoya Segun Joy who was to collect the luggage from Kabiru Aminu was arrested at Ajao Estate while Enahoro Emmanuel Annointing who was also assigned to collect the consignment was nabbed in Abule Egba area of Lagos. Both were acting on instructions from their partners in South Africa.”