By Michael Olugbode
A 36-year-old woman, Chioma Afam, who takes up multiple identities and wears hijab to evade security scrutiny, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA in Benue State.
Chioma, who picks up names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities, was arrested on Saturday 17th July, 2021, along with the 22-year-old Chidinma Caleb, who also wears hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Their vehicle, which was coming from Onitsha, Anambra State was intercepted along the Makurdi-Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43 kilogrammes of Diazepam and 33 kilogrammes of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilogrammes, with a total of 296,000 tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
The spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Wednesday said: “Curiously, the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.”
In another development, the Ondo State Command of the NDLEA on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcyclist, with 465 kilogrammes 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, Maj. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), 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.
The anti-narcotics boss, while wishing them and their colleagues in other commands across Nigeria a happy Sallah celebration, charged them to remain vigilant at all times.
He said: “For us in NDLEA, a kilogramme of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogramme less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why we’ll continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us.”
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