The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested Chioma Afam, 36, and her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, in Benue state for attempting to smuggle 296,000 Diazepam and Exol-5 tablets from Onitsha, Anambra state, to Gombe state.
According to a press statement issued Wednesday by Mr Femi Babafemi, Director Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters Abuja, the suspect Chioma, who goes by the aliases Amina, Uzoamaka, and Ifunaya, also wears a headscarf to avoid security scrutiny and conceal her illegal operations.
She was “arrested on Saturday, July 17th, 2021, together with Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, who also wears hijab during normal inspections and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital,” according to the police.
“Their vehicle, which was traveling from Onitsha, Anambra State, to Gombe State through Makurdi, was stopped along the Makurdi – Alliade road.”
“A search of their car revealed 43 kilos of Diazepam and 33 kilograms of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms, with a total of two hundred and ninety-six thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four huge ‘Ghana must go’ bags,” according to the statement.
Surprisingly, the two interstate drug smugglers have turned down requests to pose with the exhibits without their hijab.”
Another arrest has been made.
Meanwhile, the Agency’s Ondo state command “intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorbike rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis Sativa along Ijagba-Ute route in Ose local government area of the state on Sunday 18th July 2021.”
“The illegal material was claimed to have been purchased from a man named Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA, and delivered to a man named Egbonwon in Ijagba village, Ose LGA.”
The NDLEA’s Chief Executive, Mohammed Buba Marwa, praised the commanders, officers, and men of the agency’s Benue and Ondo state commands “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.”
Marwa wished them and their colleagues in other Commands across Nigeria a good Sallah and urged them to be watchful at all times.
“For us in the NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities, which is why we will continue to encourage all our officers and men to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us,” Marwa said.