The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has detained two women, Chioma Afam, 36, and Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for attempting to smuggle 296,000 Diazepam and Exol-5 tablets from Onitsha, Anambra, to Gombe.
The suspects reportedly employ different identities and wear hijabs to avoid security scrutiny, but they were apprehended on Saturday, July 17th, 2021, during normal inspections and profiling of inbound vehicles into Makurdi, the state capital of Benue.
Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the anti-drug trafficking agency, Femi Babafemi, said Chioma who uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka, and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities, was arrested along with Peace who also wears a hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities. Their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra State was intercepted along Makurdi Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
He said a search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large Ghana must go bags. Babafemi added that the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis Sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose local government area of the state. The illicit substance was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA and being conveyed to the buyer, a certain Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
Reacting to the two seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA commended the commanders, officers, and men of the Benue and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas of responsibility under whatever guise or cover to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country. While wishing them and their colleagues in other Commands across Nigeria a happy sallah celebration, he charged them to remain vigilant at all times.