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DRUG TRAFFICKING: NDLEA Arrests Lovers Selling Cannabis To Schoolchildren, Supermarkets

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*The prime suspect has confessed she prepares drug cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces to school children, unsuspecting consumers, clubs and supermarkets at N1, 500

*Why Nigeria is traditionally considered a transit country for drug trafficking ─Mohammed Buba Marwa, Chairman/Chief Executive of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency



For criminally luring Nigerians into the world of drug addiction and trafficking, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two lover-suspects who specialise in producing and selling cannabis cookies to schoolchildren, and other unsuspecting consumers, clubs and supermarkets in Abuja, FCT.

It was gathered the regulatory agency’s operatives arrested the suspects, Rhoda Agboje, a 300-level University student, and Ifeanyi Nwankwo, her boyfriend, for producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol, and Rohypnol among other ingredients.

Earlier, the University undergraduate, Rhoda Agboje, was reported to have been arrested with four pieces of the drug cookies Sunday, April 18, 2021.

The NDLEA officials arrested her at the NNPC Cooperative Estate, opposite Gaduwa Estate in Abuja, based on a complaint that she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat, report stated.

Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA

However, after eating the drug cookies, the victim young girl lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies.

Rhoda, the prime suspect, under interrogation confessed that she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1, 500.

In a follow-up operation in her boyfriend’s house led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies.

Mohammed Malami Sokoto, Commander of FCT Command of NDLEA, told journalists that “the boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, and all the equipment used for the production of the cookies were brought to the office for further investigation.

“The suspect confirmed that she sells at parties and to unsuspecting members of the public, including school children that are the most vulnerable. The suspect also supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.”

Meanwhile, narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory Command of the NDLEA have launched a manhunt for another member of the syndicate involved in producing the cannabis cookies.

Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, in his remark on the development Tuesday, April 20 commended officers and men of the FCT Command for unravelling the illegal drug trafficking syndicate.

Marwa noted what the syndicate was doing was not only criminal but equally unconscionable by deliberately luring schoolchildren into drug under the cover of selling to them biscuits or cookies.

“I wish to draw the attention of parents to this new devious strategy to get children addicted to drug cookies and to urge them to remain vigilant while monitoring what their wards bring home from school or consume as snack,” said the NDLEA Chief.

It is recalled that Marwa, who is a former Military Governor of Lagos State upon resumption of duty as the Chairman/CE of the agency January 18 this year had stated that the NDLEA would intensify its offensive action against illicit drugs production laboratories and farms because of the threat they pose to Nigerians’ health and  national security.

He made the submission in his presentation on the national drug control masterplan at a side event at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs conference in Vienna, Austria.

Marwa said: “Nigeria was traditionally considered a transit country for drug trafficking. Now, the problem is much bigger as different categories of drugs are produced, consumed, and trafficked in the country.

“Drugs trafficked include cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and psychotropic substances including methamphetamine and tramadol.”

He added: “Cannabis is cultivated in different parts of the country and there is evidence of methamphetamine producing laboratories.

“NDLEA has destroyed thousands of hectares of cannabis cultivated land as well as 18 methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories.”

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