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NDLEA busts ‘unholy alliance’ drug party in Osun, Nigeria, and arrests organizer

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NDLEA busts ‘unholy alliance’ drug party in Osun, Nigeria, and arrests organizer

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On Saturday, operatives from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stormed a lounge in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, where an evening party was being planned for the usage of illicit substances, and detained several of the organizers who were found in possession of drug exhibits.

After a raid on Thursday, NDLEA agents found and confiscated 156 kilograms of cannabis sativa in Area 5 of the Ile-Ife Forest Reserve.

This information was released in a statement by NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy Femi Babafemi on Sunday.

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The NDLEA claimed that they conducted the operation because they had received information that people were about to host a party under the banner “Unholy Alliance…for Stoners and Drunkards” during which a variety of illegal substances would be sold and consumed.

The anti-narcotics agency claimed that its agents rushed in and arrested the suspects as they gathered in the Ofatedo neighborhood of Osogbo to kick off the party, seizing drugs and drug paraphernalia from them.

According to NDLEA, those arrested include: Ikotu Omolayo, 25; Fola Olabode, 30, and Akorede Adunni Ajibola, 22.

The agency also said that the Lounge’s management had been asked to participate in additional inquiries.

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Meanwhile, on November 24th, operatives in Ogun State detained two suspects, identified as Adamu Ibrahim and Nura Sani, at the Ileke trailer garage on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. They had been loading 859 kilograms of cannabis sativa onto a truck along with sacks of sugar before continuing on to Mokwa in Niger State.

According to the NDLEA, the shipment was initially loaded in Ogbese, Ondo State, concealed in cement sacks on a truck, and then transferred to a trailer carrying sugar in Ogun State.

On Monday, November 20th, NDLEA agents in Edo State raided a warehouse in the Owan West LGA community of Obi Camp and seized 338 kilograms of cannabis hidden in sacks of charcoal. On Saturday, November 25th, NDLEA agents in the Owan East LGA community of Ikhin forest seized 235 kilograms of the same psychoactive substance.

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Onah Kenneth Ikechukwu, 32, was detained on November 22 at Jattu, Etsako West LGA, with 11,690 tramadol capsules, 295 bottles of codeine syrup, and small amounts of Molly, Cannabis, and Methamphetamine, according to the statement.

NDLEA also noted that on November 22 at Enu Owa Street, Lagos Island, they conducted a similar operation and found a stash of drugs belonging to an at-large suspect named Ebuka Amechi, including 40,500 ampoules of pentazocine injection and 440,000 pills of tramadol.

A total of 135,600 tramadol capsules and 950 grams of cannabis were confiscated from two suspects: 37-year-old Afamefuna Ibekwe and 41-year-old Sunday Onweh, who were arrested in Nkpor, Akuzor and Ose-Ogbaijo, Onitsha, respectively.

 

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