The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has alerted the public on the recruitment of traders by barons as drug couriers to countries such as United Arab Emirate (UAE) and China, where drug offences carry death penalty.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, said yesterday that NDLEA operatives had foiled several attempts by drug barons to smuggle cannabis in foodstuff meant to be taken outside the country.
He urged members of the public to be cautious of the plot by suspected drug barons to recruit drug mules to smuggle locally grown cannabis to countries with capital punishment for drugs.
According to him, three of such suspects, among whom is a female, were arrested recently at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with about 58.755kg of cannabis destined for China and UAE.
The NDLEA boss also urged traders to resist the antics of drug barons, adding that the agency would adopt measures to increase the effectiveness of drug eradication efforts.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Mr Hamza Umar, gave the names of those arrested as Ogbonna Friday Ogbu, for smuggling 35.115kg of cannabis to China, Famolu David Adebisi, caught smuggling 4kg of cannabis to Dubai and Osamunyi Joy Omas, found with 19.640kg of cannabis on her way to Dubai.”