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NDLEA busts Kogi, Nasarawa, Benue drug cartel, recovers 843kg skunk, cocaine

- Friday Olokor, Abuja

OPERATIVES ofthenatio­nal Drug Law Enforcemen­t Agency have busted three interstate drug cartels supplying illicit substances to some states in the North.

The agency recovered skunk and cocaine weighing over 843 kilograms and arrested seven of the suspected drug kingpins behind the syndicates in separate raids carried out in Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue states.

A statement on Tuesday by a spokespers­on for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a bid to evade the frequent road interdicti­on efforts by officers of the Kogi State command of the agency, a cartel, led by one Augustine Emmanuel, 45, opted to move its consignmen­ts through the waterways between Edo and Kogi states.

He said the gang was, however, intercepte­d on Monday, July 12, 2021, at a jetty in Idah, Kogi State, where a Toyota Avalon with the number plate, Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487kg of cannabis and ferried across the waterways from Agenebode, Edo State to the jetty in Idah, was seized and the syndicate leader arrested.

He said, “In Nasarawa State, a team of NDLEA operatives had on Thursday, July 8, raided one of the most hostile drug joints in the state capital. About 356kg of cannabis and various psychotrop­ic substances were recovered, with the arrest of

four major drug dealers, including the most notorious drug kingpin in Nasarawa State, called Boogie, while his real name is Muhammed Umar. His drug distributi­on tentacles cut across Kano, Plateau, Benue and parts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

“Curiously, some quantities of cocaine were intercepte­d in Benue on July 8, 9, and 13. The first dealer, John Aondosoo, was arrested in Makurdi on Thursday, with 28.6grams of crack cocaine and after initial interrogat­ion, it was discovered that his supplier, Henry Ezeomah, would bring more supplies in the early hours of Friday from Obosi, Anambra. Indeed, the supplier was arrested last Friday with 29.17grams of crack cocaine. In another raid on Tuesday July 13, the Benue command also seized some quantities of cocaine.”

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