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Police officers attached to the Ikorodu Division in Lagos State have intercepted two commercial buses loaded with a large cache of live cartridges, three dismantled motorcycles, and some personal effects.
They were intercepted at Poromope Estate, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State, the spokesman of the state’s police command Benjamin Hundeyin said in a statement on Saturday.
‘Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects, Tukur Abdullah ‘m’ aged 35, Muazu Telim ‘m’ aged 50, and Dahiru Idris ‘m’ aged 36 were on their way to Katsina State,’ Hundeyin added.
‘The suspects, recovered exhibits as well as the vehicles, with registration numbers KMC 438 YK and KMC 394 XF have been transferred to the Lagos State Command Headquarters, Ikeja, for further investigations.’
In another report, peratives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday uncovered a major warehouse in a secluded estate in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, where 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug worth more than $278, 250,000, equivalent of about ₦194, 775,000,000 in street value were seized.
In a statement, on Monday, the Director, Media, and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, asserted that at least four drug barons, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager have been arrested in the well coordinated and intelligence-led operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos State.
The statement further revealed that the kingpins of the cocaine cartel in custody include: Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra State; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo State; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo State and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
Babafemi said the suspects were all members of an international drug syndicate who the agency had been trailing since 2018.