NDLEA:Marwa Drug War offensive Across The Country Yielding Results In Less Than One Month

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By Stephen Ubanna

Barely one week after Buba Marwa, a retired Brigadier General and former Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa under the present All Progressive Congress, APC, government and now, Chairman, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA,  busted a cocain syndicate   at the Murtala Mohammed  International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, resulting in the arrest of  three suspects, another trafficker, Ukaegbu Bright Onyekachi has been nabbed with 3.30 kilograms of the illicit drug.

The suspect was said to have been  arrested on Monday, February 1st, 2021 during the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline at the E Wing arrival hall of the MMIA. The arrest of one Onyejegbu Ifesinachi Jennifer, a 33 year-old Nigerian hair Stylist in Sao Paulo, a major town in the North American country of Brazil with 26.840Kg of cocain at the MMIA, worth about N30 billion on Thursday, January 27, 2021, in an  Ethiopian airline at the MMIA, may have forced the NDLEA Personnel at the airport to intensify their search for more  drug traffickers that may be used by the drug  baron, Ikechukwu Eze to send the illicit drug to Nigeria.  

Note that one Emmanul Iyke Anniebonam, no relation of Bonniface Anniebonam, founder , National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, who was to take delivery of the illicit from Jennnifer on the orders of the baron, Eze,  was cited  by NDLEA Operatives at NAHCO and consequently arrested. Another member of the Eze drug cartel arrested  in connection with the Jennifer smuggled 6.840Kg of cocain into the country  using the Ethiopian airline  was one Onwurah Kelvin. The trios are still in NDLEA  detention awaiting to be dragged to Court before finally heading to jail.  

 Given the mouth watery amount that was  paid by the baron to the willing drug  traffickers may have given the NDLEA officials at the MMIA at the ammunition  that there  may be more suspects who  may still want to fly the Ethiopian airline, not for carrying   illicit rug peddler  into the country through the airport.

Take for instance Jennifer was said to have agreed to collect N2 million to do the runs for Eze and successfully landed at the MMIA, with the drugs  without being identified at the Sao Paulo Airport, Brazil or Addis Ababa, Capital of Ethiopia, by security Operatives.

 This may have informed  why one  Ukaegbu Onyekachi also agreed to engage in the drug trafficking business  to make quick money by flying the Ethiopian airline, now described as having a working agreement with Nigerian drug barons in  the high risk  country  of Brazil.

 . He got it wrong. This is because the NDLEA Operatives are all over the airport and at  the National cargo Handling , NAHCO and Sachol Cargo Handling , sachol, Shed, meaning that it would be  very difficult for any drug trafficker to escape arrest.

 Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA Commander at the airport had who led the team that arrested Jennifer and the two other earlier drugs suspects   had  said that   Onyekachi had arrived MMIA, on board Ethiopian airways from São Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.

MMIA: major Drug Route In Nigeria

 The hard drug was said to have been  cleverly concealed in T -shirts stickers but the trafficker  could not  escape the eagle eyes of the NDLEA Operatives at the airport. With the 6.10 Kg cocain seizure in two days at the MMIA, Marwa , described as a nonsense retired army Brigadier General has sent a signal to Eze and his associates in Brazil and Nigeria that the game is up.

 He may have made the Nigerian drug baron to understand that he may have penetrated the ranks of the security Operatives at Sao Paulo, Brazil and Addis Ababa, Ethiopian,  airports, but he would find it difficult to have his way in any of the Nigerian International airports, that he  may want to use to  smuggle in the drugs into the country, particular, MMIA or the  Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, because of the tight security and the close working relationship of the various security agencies personnel.

While the Commanders at the airports  , have tightened up security that it would be difficult for any illicit drug trafficker to escape arrest or losing the Consignment to NDLEA,  another set of operatives of the agency were said to have  raided a number of drug spots at the FCT,  where 14 persons including three men in military uniform suspected to be fake . Hear him. The soldiers who were arrested were found with different quantities of cocaine, codeine, rohypnols and Indian hemp in them.

Some of the drug spots raided at the weekend at the FCT, wre said to  be at  Wuse Zone 4 and 5; Wuse by Banex plaza and Garki by Torabora. Also raised are Area 1 by Gwagwalada park; Dagwa village and Abattoir in Karu.

 Lawan Hammisu, the FCT Commande of the agency , disclosed that “the 14 persons arrested are currently  being investigated in connection with the recovery of 34.8kg cannabis sativa.

The Value News learnt ,that  three of the arrested persons who were in military camouflage are still being profiled but are suspected to be fake soldiers.” In a related development  the Nasarawa Command of the agency  was said to have  uncovered a cannabis warehouse in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital where 45 bags of the illegal drug weighing 474kg were recovered.

 Justice Arinze, the state Comander of the agency said “the recovery of the Cannabis was the biggest singular seizure since the inception of the command in 1999. Hear him. ‘’We’re grateful to our new Chairman, Brig. Gen. Marwa who made the feat possible for us by empowering us with the all the necessary  logistics support to go all out and make the seizures’’.

Cannabis Seizure By NDLEA Officials At Nassarawa State

.” He said the command is continuing with its operation “Hana Kwaya”, in collaboration with other security agencies to raid other  drug  joints and markets in the state. He stated  that the first phase of the operation had covered some local government areas in the state  already with the arrest of 54 suspects comprising 12 dealers and 42 drug users, while a total of 604 kilogramms of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances have been seized.

 Marwa the NDLEA, Chairman, who could not hide his feeling for appreciation good work  has commended the men and officers of the MMIA, FCT and Nasarawa commands of the agency for taking the drug  war’’ to the doorsteps of traffickers and peddlers  in their areas’’.

Recalll that h had told  the commanders at their first meeting at the agency  agency Abuja Headquarters  that their new  slogan  is’’ offensive action’’ .

It is not surprising  why he  has given the Commanders a pass mark for following  up the strategies outlined for them  in the drug war by the Management.  I’m glad they are following up on the strategies outlined for them”, the NDLEA  boss  had said in a statement.  Vintage Marwa.

 The NDLEA ongoing drug  war offensive  appears to have  thrown confusion in the Camp of the drug barons both within and outside the country including other illicit  drug dealers that they were said to have  gone under underground  for now.  Some of them who remain unrepentant despite the billions of naira  they have lost in the business over the  years to NDLEA, may have gone back to the drawing the  board to perfect other tricks of carrying out their nefarious trade in the country.’’ We are waiting for you at the airport and your other locations of transacting the  illegal business’’, the NDLEA, retired  Brig.General   Chairman, had told them in no uncertain terms. Bad  news. 

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