By Sunday Oyinloye
A widow and notorious drug dealer in Nigeria, Fatima Musa has been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Afana Village , Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State while moving 12kg of cannabis to Jos, Plateau State.
Fatima had earlier been convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment on 7th July 2020 following her arrest on 3rd March 2020 with 45kg of cannabis sativa.
The widow is one of other suspects arrested by the operatives of the NDLEA in different parts of the country.
In Abuja, the operatives uncovered a hotel where drugs are sold and young ladies camped for commercial sex. At least, four persons; three ladies and a man were arrested when, JAT Suites, located at 30 Lobito Crescent, Wuse 2 was raided and some quantity of Rohynol and paraphernalia for smoking crack cocaine were recovered.
According to Femi Babafemi, Director Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, investigations revealed that the hotel is operated without requisite approvals in a high profile neighborhood and patronised by call girls while the bar serves as the spot to smoke and sell drugs to the young girls and their customers.
He said the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the FCT Command and the Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations of the Agency to do all within the law to ensure the property is forfeited to the federal government to serve as deterrence to others who allow their premises to be used for drug dealing.
In a related development.one Mrs. Ozigbo Joy Nneka has been arrested at NAHCO Export Shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos while trying to export packs of codeine tablets weighing 15.15kg to the United Kingdom last Wednesday. A day earlier, narcotic officers at the airport also arrested one Nwajindo Ndubuisi Emmanuel during inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers at the E-arrival hall. Some bottles of codeine weighing 5.65kg were recovered from him.
Also at the airport, a total of 150.30kg of khat was seized after six weeks of placing the consignment, , on surveillance at SAHCO shed.
In a related development, two female part one students of Edo State Polytechnic, Uzen, Babalola Modupe Angel (19) and Esekhagbe Sonia (20) have been arrested with 21 wraps of skunk, while another lady, Chioma Okocha, 25, was also arrested when she tried to deliver 200grams of Crack Cocaine to a customer at an eatery in Benin. Earlier, men of the Irrua Area Command of the Agency working on actionable intelligence evacuated 10 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 135kg in Amahor bush in Igueben area. The exhibits were stored ready for transportation to other parts of the country.
In the same vein, men of the Okada Area Command in the early hours of today evacuated 2,937 kilograms of cannabis sativa from Utese forest in Ovia North East local government area of Edo state.
While commending the officers and men of the FCT, MMIA, Edo and Kaduna Commands of the Agency for the raids, arrests and seizures in the past week, Gen. Marwa urged them not to rest on their oars until the menace of drug trafficking and abuse is reduced to the barest minimum in every part of the country.