The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a notorious drug dealer, Ibrahim Bendel, also known as Ibrahim Momoh.
The suspect is reportedly known as a major distributor of illegal substances in Abuja.
The suspect is said to have been on the run since he escaped from prison custody in 2016 following his conviction for drug dealing.
On November 20, 2022, NDLEA operatives raided Momoh’s hideout at Filin Dabo, Dei-Dei area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) based on credible intelligence. They discovered 81 jumbo bags of cannabis weighing 1,278kgs in a warehouse located within his poultry farm. Although Momoh was not present at the time, his warehouse manager, Richard Forson Gordon, a 55-year-old Ghanaian, was arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to two years in jail. Momoh was subsequently declared a wanted fugitive.
The relentless pursuit of the drug lord finally paid off on November 5, 2023, when NDLEA operatives raided his hideout once again, this time at Filin Dabo, Dei-Dei area of Abuja. He was apprehended with 56.9kgs of cannabis sativa and 42.7 grams of Diazepam. In another operation on November 13, 2023, in the same area of the FCT, a suspect named Yusufa Ibrahim was arrested with 75.3kgs of cannabis.
The agency also on November 18th, 2023, carried out a significant operation in the forest of Efon Alaye in the Efon local government area of Ekiti state, resulting in the eradication of 52,500 kilograms of cannabis sativa that covered over 21 hectares of farmland. Additionally, 92 bags of the same substance weighing 1,380 kilograms were seized, and another 250 bags weighing 3,000 were destroyed after being found in various huts on the farm.
The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, reported that 15 suspects were apprehended during the operation. In Ondo state, five individuals, including a wanted drug kingpin named Christopher Onyebuchi, were arrested at New Bridge Compound, Idoani, on November 15th, and a total of 1,945 kilograms of cannabis was confiscated from them.
Onyebuchi had previously been arrested by the NDLEA on March 25th, 2022, with 89kgs of the same substance but absconded after being arraigned at the Federal High Court, Akure. In addition, operatives in the state raided Upemen village in Owo on November 12th, where they recovered 1,834kgs of the same substance, with 273kgs also seized the previous day, Saturday, November 11th, at Ipesi Akoko.
Lagos Police Nab Suspected Cultist With Weapons, Charms
Officers of the Orile Division of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 27-year-old suspected cultist, Ahmed Ololade aka Small Mercy.
This was revealed in a post on the command’s official X handle on Sunday.
According to the post, Ololade was arrested in possession of one local pistol, live cartridges, and charms amongst others.
The caption read, “27-year-old suspected cultist, Ahmed Ololade aka Small Mercy, has been arrested by officers of Orile Division in possession of the following items: 1 locally made pistol, 2 single barrel shotguns, 6 live cartridges, 7 live 7.65mm ammunition, 1 live 9mm ammunition, two axes, and charms.”
It added that the investigation of the case was ongoing.
I’m Innocent, She Only Died In Her Sleep, UNIPORT Student Denies Killing Girlfriend For Ritual
…Insists He Saw Her Dismembered Body In His House
A 24-year-old student of the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, Damian Okoligwe, who allegedly killed his 20-year-old girlfriend, Justina Otuene, has denied having a hand in the deceased’s death.
Okoligwe denied the allegation during an interview with journalists at the Command Headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
The suspect who said he was sick when the deceased visited his home, claimed he noticed his girlfriend was lifeless when he woke up.
He further claimed that he went to his brother’s house for treatment and returned three days later to dispose of her body.
The 400-level Petrochemical Engineering student denied harvesting any organ from Justina’s body, claiming that her remains were still intact.
Okoligwe said, “I was very sick that morning, and when I went to the room to check on her, she was still sleeping.
“I went back to the parlor, I laid down because I was very sick. I was calling her but she was not responding. I had to go back to check on her.
“I went to check on her, she was not moving at all. She was very stiff and strong. After that, I did not know what to do, I had to carry her body into another room, and then I called my brother to come to my place.
“He came, and then he took me out of the place. He did not know there was anybody in my house. He took me to his place. That was where I received my treatment.
“I was thinking if I report the issue, I will be blamed for everything. So, I was trying to wrap her body and get rid of it, which was very wrong of me to do.
“As I came back that Wednesday to come and wrap her body, that was the Wednesday the police came.
“I did not remove any of her body parts.”
He noted that their relationship was not stable.
The suspect added that the deceased took a Bolt ride to his house on her own, noting that she was supposed to leave the same night but he slept off.
On his part, John Otuene, the elder brother to the slain 20-year-old girl, said his family wants justice to prevail on the matter.
“On Wednesday, we got a call that a case of a dead person had been reported to the Ozuoba Police Station and that we should go to the Police Station.
“So, I reported to the IPO at Mini-Okoro Police station. We reported to the commander. The commander gave the IPO a go-ahead.
“All of us went to the Ozuoba Police Station and they met the officer there who confirmed that the missing person in the picture is the person that was killed.
“I need justice. The guy that did it should pay for it, and everybody that was involved, because definitely, he was not the only one that was involved. Justice is what we need,” he said.
Paris-Bound ‘Businessman’ Excretes 93 Wraps Of Heroin At Abuja Airport – NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have arrested a 40-year-old ‘businessman’, Sherif Egbo, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said a body scanner revealed that Egbo had wraps of illicit drugs in his stomach.
He stated that the suspect was nabbed on October 14 while attempting to board an Air France flight to Paris, France, after the anti-narcotics agents discovered he ingested illicit drugs.
“He was subsequently placed under observation at the agency’s exhibit recovery room where he excreted 93 pellets of heroin weighing 2.222 kilogrammes. In his statement, the suspect claimed he works at a chicken hatchery farm in Madrid, Spain, and also in the drug trafficking business,” the NDLEA spokesman said.
At the NAHCO imports shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, officials of the agency seized a consignment of 10 cartons containing 500,000 pills of tramadol 225mg branded as tapentadol on Monday, October 16.
Shipped from India through Qatar Airways with airwaybill number MAWB 319-01227236, the cargo was purported to be a transit cargo to Monrovia, Liberia. However, the lid was blown open through partnership and real-time intelligence-sharing mechanisms between NDLEA and its Liberian counterpart.
Similarly, NDLEA operatives foiled an attempt by an intending passenger, Ngene Chinecherem, to Muscat, Oman on Qatar Airways, to export 11.100kgs of skunk and 600 grams of tramadol concealed in foodstuffs.
The suspect was arrested at the Lagos airport and seized the illicit substances, Babafemi stated in the statement.
In Imo State, NDLEA operatives intercepted a Mercedes Benz container truck marked ABN 418 YN parked in an isolated area along the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway on Sunday, October 15. A search of the abandoned truck led to the recovery of 168 bags of skunk weighing 1,854 kilograms.
The agency said that less than 1,381.3kgs of the same substance were seized in four interdiction operations in parts of Edo state including – Ekpon community, Igueben LGA; Iguiye forest in Ovia North East LGA; Iruekpen, Ndokwa West where a suspect, Monday Nwocha was arrested; and in Egwalor village in Onwude LGA where the duo of Obune Prince and Chika Obi were arrested and their Audi 80 salon car marked BEN 406 CL loaded with cannabis sativa, recovered.
In Kano state, an ex-convict, Aminu Suleiman, 46, was arrested along with Haruna Abdurrahaman, 41, and Ojo Esezobor, 34, at Gadar Tamburawa area of the state on Saturday, October 14 while 106kgs of cannabis were recovered from them. The NDLEA noted that Aminu was first arrested with 22kgs of cannabis on June 3, 2022, and was convicted by the court on November 24, 2022.
Four other suspects – Inusa Ali, Yahaya Musa, Abba Audu, Ali Abubakar, and Bunu Kyari were also arrested at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano on Monday 16th October for dealing in 75.3kgs of skunk.
Operatives of the Zone J Command of the NDLEA seized 478kgs of cannabis in a forest in Ikere Ekiti on Friday, October 20 recovered a total of 928kgs of the same substance in a bush by Shagari market, along Ifon-Owo express road, and Ibola camp, Ipele forest in Ondo State.
In Borno State, a suspect, Sani Mohammed, was nabbed on Saturday, October 21, with 182kgs of cannabis at Njimtilo, along Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
In another operation, NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations, DOGI, attached to courier companies on Sunday, October 15, intercepted 1kg methamphetamine concealed in containers of body cream going to New Zealand as well as another consignment of 2.5kgs cocaine and phenacetin hidden in walls of a carton heading to Saudi Arabia.
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