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NDLEA raids Osun illicit drug party tagged ‘unholy alliance’, arrests organisers



he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says its operatives on Saturday raided a lounge in Osogbo, the Osun State capital where a night party organized for illicit substance abuse was going to hold and arrested some of the organisers who were found with drug exhibits.

This comes on the heels of an earlier raid on Thursday by the NDLEA at Area 5 Forest Reserve, Ile-Ife where its operatives recovered 156kgs of cannabis sativa.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy.

NDLEA said the raid followed credible intelligence that some persons were going to hold a night party tagged “Unholy Alliance…for Stoners and Drunkards” where different types of illicit substances were going to be sold and consumed by patrons.

The anti-narcotics agency said its operatives swooped on the suspect and arrested them after the organisers began to gather at Berrymist Lounge located at Ofatedo area of Osogbo to start the party, recovering illicit substances of abuse and drug paraphernalia from them.

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

The agency further disclosed that the management of the Lounge has also been invited for further investigation.

Meanwhile, operatives in Ogun State on Friday 24th November arrested two suspects: Adamu Ibrahim and Nura Sani at Ileke trailer garage, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, where 859 kilograms of cannabis sativa concealed among bags of sugar in a truck for onward transportation to Mokwa, Niger State.

NDLEA stated that the consignment was loaded in Ogbese, Ondo State and hidden among bags of cement in a truck before being transloaded into another trailer bearing sugar in Ogun State.

NDLEA also said its operatives in Edo State on Monday 20th November stormed a warehouse at Obi Camp in Owan West LGA where they recovered 338kgs of cannabis concealed in sacks of charcoal, while in another operation in Ikhin forest, Owan East LGA, its officers seized 235kgs of the same psychoactive substance on Saturday 25th November.

According to the statement, a suspect, Onah Kenneth Ikechukwu, 32, was arrested at Jattu, Etsako West LGA with 11,690 capsules of tramadol, 295 bottles of codeine syrup and various quantities of Molly, Cannabis and Methamphetamine on Wednesday 22nd November.

NDLEA added that a similar raid in Lagos on Wednesday 22nd November at Enu Owa Street, Lagos Island led to the recovery of 40,500 ampoules of pentazocine injection and 440,000 pills of tramadol in a store belonging to a suspect, Ebuka Amechi who is currently at large.

Not less than 135,600 capsules of tramadol and 950grams of cannabis were seized from two suspects: Afamefuna Ibekwe, 37, and Sunday Onweh, 41, at Nkpor, Akuzor and Ose-Ogbaijo, Onitsha, respectively.

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