The Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has tactically intercepted well-hidden parcels of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis sativa being shipped to Northern Ireland, Australia, United Kingdom, Maldives and New Zealand.
A notorious drug trafficker, Sikiru Owolabi, who is suspected to be behind at least two of the packages, has been traced and arrested after several days of systematic surveillance and trace by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives. All narcotic undercover agents attached to two different international courier companies in Lagos made the seizures of the parcel
According to the agency, NDLEA Director of Media, Femi Babafemi, Sikiru Owolabi was tracked after 1kilogramme of cocaine hidden in cream containers and meant for Dublin in Northern Ireland was intercepted at a courier firm in Lagos. It was also followed by the discovery of some another 200grammes of cocaine meant for the United Kingdom (London) in the same courier company.
In another swift undercover operation, about 320 grammes of heroin sealed in earrings coming from Congo and going to Australia was seized at another different courier firm in Lagos, just as 390 grammes of cocaine hidden in men’s clothing and going to Northern Ireland was intercepted at the same company.
At least 500 grammes of cannabis sativa concealed in automobile parts channeling to New Zealand was seized at one of the courier companies. Also, 200 grammes of methamphetamine concealed inside an award plaque and going to New Zealand, with another 200 grammes of methamphetamine concealed in a book and going to Maldives, were equally intercepted in another firm and all in Lagos Nigeria.
Apart from the arrest of Owolabi, it was made known that efforts were ongoing to track and arrest other traffickers behind the other unaccompanied illegal drugs packaged as parcels for shipment to Europe.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Mr Mohamed Buba Marwa, has commended the gallant men and officers involved in the operations to frustrate attempts by drug barons and traffickers to ship illicit drugs overseas through unaccompanied parcels.
“I ask all our men and officers involved in the various overt and covert operations across the country to continue with the ongoing offensive action until we chase the criminal elements out of their illicit and damaging trades,” Mr Marwa said.