By Daniel Edu
A 29-year-old South African citizen named Erasmus Jean-Pierre has been apprehended in Nigeria for his involvement in a drug trafficking attempt. He was caught attempting to export 2.6kg of methamphetamine hidden within his luggage. His intended destination was Middle-East Asia via Nigeria.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also recently thwarted efforts by a transnational drug cartel to smuggle drugs using creative concealment methods. One such attempt involved concealing 117 grams of ketamine within a pair of leather male slippers intended for shipment to Indonesia. Additionally, 2.14kg of skunk (a type of cannabis) was hidden within the walls of a local wooden drum. NDLEA operatives from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) intervened in both cases, working alongside courier firms in Lagos.
Further successful operations were carried out by NDLEA officers in various states:
1. Gombe State: An abandoned Volkswagen Sharon containing 373,420 pills of opioids, including tramadol and diazepam, was recovered.
2. Ogun State: A drug dealer named Ifeanyi Orji was apprehended in the Ibafo area, leading to the seizure of 81,000 tablets of tramadol weighing 32.4kg.
3. Adamawa State: Ibrahim Abba, 25, was found in possession of 60,000 pills of tramadol while traveling in a commercial Toyota Starlet car.
4. Federal Capital Territory: NDLEA operatives intercepted two consignments of skunk with a total weight of 1,242.1kg. The first consignment (665.1kg) was seized from a truck near Area 3, while the second (577kg) was discovered during a stop-and-search operation along Lokoja-Abaji Expressway. The drugs were concealed in delivery packs within a container Mercedes truck. The driver, Yusuf Yakubu-Asokomhe, and his assistant, Tunde Ogundare, were arrested.
These actions highlight NDLEA’s continued efforts to combat drug trafficking and smuggling within Nigeria, as well as the innovative methods used by criminals to evade detection.