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Village head, 10 others nabbed in Sokoto
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OPERATIVES of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the village head of Gidan Abba in Bodinga Local Council of Sokoto State, Abubakar Ibrahim and 10 others with over 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids and 1,251kgs of Cannabis sativa and khat recovered.
The operatives also recovered 46.637 kilogrammes of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin across seven states.
Also at MurtalaMuhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, NDLEA operatives attached to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) import shed, Lagosintercepted a total of 15 cartons containing 802,000 pills of tramadol imported from Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Karachi, Pakistan.
While 10 cartons of tramadol 225mg came in from Dubai on Ethiopian Airlines flight, four cartons of 100mg and a carton of 225mg tramadol came from Karachi, Pakistan on another Ethiopian Airlines flight.
A statement issued by NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said the agencyintercepted cans of tomato paste going to United Kingdom.
A thorough search of the consignment, Babafemi said, revealed that tomato cans were used to conceal 36 pellets of Cannabis sativa with a gross weight of 21.30 kilogrammes, while a cargo agent, SodehindeAkinwale was arrested in connection with the seizure.
According to him, operatives attached to Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), also seized five cartons of dried khat leaves, weighing 107.70kgs that came in from Bangkok, Thailand through Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.
Babafemi said this is a follow up operation on the seizure of 11.90kgs Meth concealed in the heads of dried fish going to Dubai, UAE on August 5 has led to the arrest of a 30-year-old bricklayer, BabatundeQuadriMamowora on Thursday, October 27 in Sango Ota area of Ogun State, in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the area.

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