The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 40-year-old secondary school teacher, Sani Isah, for dealing in a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, in the Jekadefari area of Gombe State.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure via a statement made available to The Conclave on Sunday.
He stated that the teacher was arrested by NDLEA operatives at a house in the Jekadefari area on Thursday, February 2, 2023.
Babafemi disclosed that 2,198 bottles of the substance concealed in six bags were recovered from Isah, who claimed to have started the illicit business in 2018.
The NDLEA spokesman said a suspect, Clement Ekweozor, was nabbed at the Rafin Zurfi area of Bauchi State with 28,088 pills of tramadol and other opioids, adding that 12,000 capsules of the same drug were also recovered from four suspects when their commercial bus marked UGH978KS was intercepted at Koka junction in Asaba, the Delta State by the operatives of the anti-drug agency on Wednesday.
He further revealed that 190kgs of cannabis were recovered from a dealer, Emmanuel Ibrahim, in the Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, following credible intelligence.
Babafemi stated that three suspects, Mohd Sani Alasan, Yusif Musa, and Musa Musa were also arrested in the Maidile area of Kano State with 2,400 bottles of codeine-based syrup.
He said another 55-year-old dealer, Bako Ibrahim, was equally arrested on Saturday, February 4 in the Sharada area of Kano with 420 blocks of cannabis weighing 282kgs.
The NDLEA spokesperson disclosed that another 39-year-old dealer of the same substance, Akeem Azeez, was nabbed with 612kgs in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
“Following a follow-up operation in Minna, Niger State, operatives of the Kogi State command of the Agency now have in their custody a suspect, Michael Ikechukwu Ofili, 30, over the interception of his consignment containing 106,800 pills of tramadol sent to him from Onitsha, Anambra State, along Okene-Lokoja highway,” Babafemi added.
While appreciating the efforts and commitment of the officers of the anti-drug agency towards ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drugs, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), urged them and their compatriots across the country not to relent.