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NDLEA intercepts 7.5m tramadol pills, 95,400 codeine bottles at Lagos airport NDLEA Intercepts Large Quantity of Tramadol and Codeine at Lagos Airport

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At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, operatives from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have seized numerous tramadol 225mg pills, thousands of bottles of codeine syrup, and bags of Canadian loud in various consignments meant to arrive in the country ahead of the Christmas celebration.

According to the NDLEA, this successful operation was made possible through the collaboration of the Nigeria Customs Service and other key stakeholders.

The agency revealed that the interception occurred on Friday, 22nd December. The consignment comprised 7.5 million tramadol 225mg pills, disguised as Tamol-x and concealed in 100 large cartons with a total weight of 7,150kg. The shipment arrived on a Turkish Airlines plane with no specified country of manufacture or origin.

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Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, disclosed these details on Sunday.

In a separate search operation at two shops within the Trade Fair Complex in the Ojo area of Lagos, the NDLEA’s Lagos Command seized 258 cartons of codeine-based cough syrup and eight cartons of codeine tablets. These cartons contained 49,200 bottles of codeine syrup and 46,200 tablets of the same opioid.

Additionally, during a raid on a house in the Mushin area of Lagos, which led to the arrest of a 70-year-old woman, Selifat Funke Cole, and her son, Babajide Ayorinde Cole, 117.900kg of cannabis sativa was seized.

Babafemi further announced other interceptions and seizures, including a shipment of spare parts containing 200 grams of cocaine, as well as the confiscation of 70 parcels of Canadian loud and various drug-related arrests in different states across the country.

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The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the efforts of the officers and men involved in the operations of the past week. He urged them to remain vigilant and prepare for the next phase of operations in the new year.

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The Claim by Logos Olori: “I am the writer behind Davido’s ‘Unavailable’ Song”

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Logos Olori, a signee of DMW, asserted that he penned the lyrics to the Grammy-nominated track ‘Unavailable’ by his record label chief Davido, which features Musa Keys.

He expressed that he was the mastermind behind the track, with his colleague Peruzzi contributing to the verse.

In a recent interview with Cool FM in Lagos, the singer revealed this information.

According to Logos Olori: “We created ‘Unavailable’ which got a Grammy nod. The collaborative effort happened in Ajah involving myself, Magicsticks, and Ragee. It was even Rihanna’s favorite song in 2023.”

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He further elaborated: “I crafted the song, while Peruzzi was responsible for the verse. Following the initial creation, Davido requested a change in the verse, prompting Peruzzi to step in. However, the core idea of the song was mine. We made some adjustments; that’s when Musa Keys and Peruzzi got involved.”

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Fire Breaks Out at FCT Minister’s Residence

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The Minister of State of the FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, faced a devastating incident as her private residence in Asokoro was engulfed in flames on Sunday, according to reports from The Punch.

Confirmation of the incident came from the Acting Director of the FCT Fire Service, Amiola Adebayo.

Adebayo revealed that the fire had completely destroyed the first floor of the building.

Reportedly, the fire started around 9:45 am, and despite attempts to contact the Federal Fire Service, the FCT Fire Service responders were the first to arrive on the scene following a running call.

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A running call indicates that instead of directly contacting the Fire Service Emergency line, individuals attempted to physically reach the fire station to alert the firefighters.

“The fire was noticed just before ten o’clock, perhaps around 9:45 am. We received a running call approximately thirteen minutes after ten, and we promptly followed the informant to the location of the fire.

“Upon arrival, we found the fire had consumed the entire upper floor. We focused on preventing the fire from spreading to the ground floor and neighboring buildings. Fortunately, there were no casualties,” he explained.

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At the time of reporting, the cause of the fire remained unknown. The minister’s media assistant, Austin Elemue, also verified the incident.

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NDLEA Operations Lead to Arrest of Port Terminal Operator and Dock Worker in Connection with 1,044.29kg of Illicit Drugs

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The recent bust by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) uncovered an organized criminal network responsible for smuggling illicit drugs, arms, and ammunition from Durban, South Africa to the Tincan seaport in Lagos. Among those apprehended as part of this syndicate are Falowo Samuel Kayode, a clearing agent for the containers, dock worker Anjorin Idowu, and Uzairu Ahmed Iguda, who oversees operations at the Five Star terminal.

Investigations unveiled that the trio collaborated to move 192.7kg of Colorado, a pistol, and ammunition from one container to another within the terminal. Another key member of the syndicate, Mohammed Muktar Sule, is currently evading law enforcement.

NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, revealed these developments in a statement issued on Sunday. The agency uncovered 56.39kg of cocaine and 795kg of Colorado during a joint examination of containers MSCU 4581770 and TRHU 7968071 on January 18 and 19, 2024.

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Further probing led to the seizure of a total of 56.39kg of cocaine and 987.9kg of Colorado, amounting to 1,044.29kg from the two containers. The agency identified three kingpins based in South Africa—Odeyemi Taiwo Emmanuel, Akinyemi Olayinka, and Adebayo Adewole Emmanuel—who are now wanted by authorities.

In a separate operation in Edo State, NDLEA raided a drug joint in Benin City, resulting in the arrest of a salesgirl named Jessica Destiny and the proprietor, Ibrahim Sani, who also commands the Arewa Association Vigilantes.

Across various states, NDLEA officers intercepted multiple drug trafficking attempts. From Lagos to Kano, at Jega-Sokoto Road in Kebbi State, and in different locations in Borno, Kaduna, Abuja, Anambra, and more, individuals were apprehended with narcotics. Operations also led to the discovery of drugs concealed in courier shipments destined for the UK and Cyprus.

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Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), lauded the efforts of officers from multiple commands for their vigilance. He commended the WADA advocacy lectures conducted nationwide to address both drug supply reduction and demand reduction.

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