Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two freight agents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State, with 26.20kg cannabis concealed in cereal packs.
The suspects were allegedly trying to smuggle the illicit drugs through the SAHCO shed to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, disclosed a statement issued on Sunday, Sept. 25, that the cannabis was abandoned at the shed before the airport security operatives transferred it to NDLEA.
He noted that further investigation led to the arrest of a 34-year-old man, Olatunbosun Damilola Abimbola, who works at Ashadox Logistics Services, a cargo company, on Friday
“He confessed to the crime; but stated that he acted on the instructions of his Managing Director, Oloyede Shakiru Abiola, who was promptly arrested.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives have arrested six cannabis farmers in Edo State after storming their farms. The agency reportedly destroyed over 10 hectares of cannabis plantation; and more than 193 kilogrammes of the processed illicit substance was seized.
Usman Bajama, aka Clemen, a 75-year-old grandfather, was the top suspect among the 22 that NDLEA operatives arrested during operations.
He stated that almost 10 hectares of farms were destroyed in Edo and Adamawa; adding that during the operations, 1,001,387 bottles and capsules of the illegal new psychoactive chemical Akuskura and tramadol, as well as 2,536kg of cannabis, were recovered.