The Lagos State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended 138 suspected drug traffickers and seized 1,399kg of drugs, which is 1.3 metric tonnes.
The drugs were seized in Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Lagos Island, Ikorodu and other parts of the state within the first quarter of 2017. Those apprehended in connection with drug trafficking include 137 males and one female.
NDLEA Lagos Commander, Aliyu Sule, gave a breakdown of the seized drugs as well as arrests. In his words. “Cannabis had the largest share with 1,390.38kg, Tramadol 9.35kg, Cocaine 23.65 grammes and Heroin 22.8 grammes”.
The commander added that 84 drug-dependent persons were successfully counselled and re-united with their families, while 54 drug dealers were convicted with 125 pending cases.
One of the suspects, Ngozi Owunna, 34, who allegedly distributed cannabis within Ikeja, was caught at Allen Junction with 600 grammes of hemp after close monitoring by undercover narcotic agents.
According to the suspect, “I was a commercial motorcyclist but when the Lagos State government banned commercial motorcycles, I began to sell cannabis. I am from Enugu State. I am married with three children”.
Another suspect, Abdulrauf Oshilaja, 50, who was caught with 50.3kg, said financial hardship made him to deal in cannabis. “I am married to two wives with five children. I used to sell tyres but due to family problem I started selling drugs because there is more profit in it than selling tyres.”