National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one 44-year-old father of three, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for ingesting 96 pellets of Cocaine.

He was arrested during an outward clearance of Turkish Airline at the boarding screening area of the airport enroute Abuja-Istanbul-Madrid. He subsequently excreted the ingested drugs in the custody of the Agency.

The suspect said he travelled to Germany in 1996 for two years on asylum, after which he relocated to Spain in 1999, where he currently holds a residence permit and works as a driver in a company. 

He said a failed importation deal pushed him to drug trafficking. He confessed to have accepted an offer to traffic the drug for which he would be paid 1,500 Euros when he successfully delivered to someone in Spain.

Meanwhile, Operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos also arrested one Okorie Godwin Onyeribe over his attempt to export 21.85kg of Cannabis concealed in foodstuff to London, UK. 

At other locations, five students of American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa and University of Maiduguri, Borno state were among suspects arrested for drug offences in raid operations across nine states in the last week. 

Two of the students; Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua were arrested with 16.750kg Cannabis when operatives raided a settlement opposite Gate 4 of the University of Maiduguri. 

The other three, all AUN undergraduate students: Ekene Asher, Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth, were arrested at a different location, after taking delivery of Loud, a strong variant of Cannabis ordered by one of them.

Other large quantities of Cannabis, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Diazepam and Exol-5 were seized in raids at AP- Eleme and Garki, Oil Mill areas of Port Harcourt as well as Lewe and Kadiri in Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State. 

In Ondo State, a 72-year-old Emmanuel Akanbi was arrested at Odofin camp, Uso, Owo Local Government Area with 2,050kg Cannabis.

In Oyo state, Operatives intercepted 608.40kg of Cannabis sativa concealed in a black Toyota Sequoia SUV, parked around toll gate area, at Ibadan-Ife expressway. 

Operatives in Taraba also stormed cannabis farms in Changso village, Kurmi LGA, located on the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroon, evacuated 364kg of the illicit drug and set the rest on fire.

In Niger state, operatives intercepted a commercial bus with 215kg cannabis concealed in a false bottom and side door of the bus, along Mokwa - Jebba road.

Two suspects; a driver and his conductor arrested claimed they loaded the consignment in Ogere, Ogun State and were heading to Sokoto.

In Delta state, a lady Tina Ujene was arrested in Ibusa with 1.1kg cannabis. A follow raid on her suppliers home led to the recovery of 54.7kg of the same substance. 

Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. M.B. Marwa (Rtd), commended the officers and men of the Agency for their recent efforts. He charged them "To constantly focus on raising the bar of their achievements until the last gram of illicit drug is taken away from every community in Nigeria."

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