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NDLEA raids Osun illicit drugs party, arrests organisers
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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives raided a lounge in Osogbo, the Osun State capital where a night party organised for illicit substance abuse was planned to be held on Saturday, November 25, and arrested some of the organisers who were found with drug exhibits.

The anti-narcotics agency noted that the raid followed credible intelligence that some persons were going to hold a night party tagged, “Unholy Alliance…for Stoners and Drunkards,” where different types of illicit substances were going to be sold and consumed by patrons.

The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, revealed in a statement on Sunday.

Babafemi said, “Soon after the organisers began to gather at Berrymist Lounge located at the Ofatedo area of Osogbo to start the party, the NDLEA operatives swooped on them, arrested them and recovered illicit substances of abuse and drug paraphernalia from them.

“Those arrested include: Ikotu Omolayo, 25; Fola Olabode, 30, and Akorede Adunni Ajibola, 22. The management of the Lounge has also been invited for further investigation. This comes on the heels of an earlier raid on Thursday, November 23, at Area 5 forest reserve, Ile-Ife where operatives recovered 156kgs of cannabis sativa.”

Meanwhile, operatives of the agency in Ogun State on Friday, November 24, arrested two suspects, Adamu Ibrahim and Nura Sani, at Ileke trailer garage, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, where 859 kilograms of cannabis sativa concealed among bags of sugar in a truck for onward transport to Mokwa, Niger state.

The agency noted that the consignment was loaded in Ogbese, Ondo State and hidden among bags of cement in a truck before being trans-loaded into another trailer bearing sugar in Ogun State.

In Edo State, operatives stormed a warehouse at Obi Camp in Owan West LGA where they recovered 338kgs of cannabis concealed in sacks of charcoal, while in another operation in Ikhin forest, Owan East LGA, the NDLEA officers seized 235kgs of the same psychoactive substance on Saturday, November 25.

A suspect, Onah Kenneth Ikechukwu, 32, was arrested at Jattu, Etsako West LGA with 11,690 capsules of tramadol, 295 bottles of codeine syrup and various quantities of Molly, Cannabis and Methamphetamine on Wednesday, November 22.

A similar raid in Lagos on Wednesday, November 22, at Enu Owa Street, Lagos Island led to the recovery of 40,500 ampoules of pentazocine injection; 440,000 pills of tramadol in a store belonging to a suspect, Ebuka Amechi, who is currently at large.

No fewer than 135,600 capsules of tramadol and 950grams of cannabis were seized from two suspects: Afamefuna Ibekwe, 37, and Sunday Onweh, 41, at Nkpor, Akuzor and Ose-Ogbaijo, Onitsha, respectively,” Babafemi added.

Meanwhile, 37,360 pills of different opioids and 250 bottles of codeine syrup coming from Onitsha, Anambra State en route Abuja were recovered from Muhammed Khamis, 22, on Thursday, November 23, along the Okene- Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, while operatives in Ekiti State seized a total of 288kgs of cannabis at Odo-Owa forest in Ijero LGA on Saturday, November 25. Also, about 116kgs of the same psychoactive substance were seized from a suspect, Chinagoram Obaru, aged 24, who was arrested at Iju forest on Thursday, November 23.