The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested four people suspected of drug related crimes in Edo state.
This was revealed in a statement by the agency’s public relations officer, Femi Babafemi, on Saturday, January 21.
Babafemi said the suspects were members of a gang operating in the Opuje community of the Owan West Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, who were storing cannabis in warehouses in the forest.
“Operatives of the agency have dealt a lethal blow to a cluster of cannabis syndicates operating in the Opuje forests in Edo state where massive warehouses and tents storing over 317,417 kilograms (317.4 metric tons) of the psychoactive substance were destroyed and set ablaze in a two-day operation.
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“At least, a police impersonator, Omoruan Theophilus, 37, who parades as a police Inspector to convey the drugs from the forests to the cities, and three others -Aigberuan Jacob, 42; Ekeinde Anthony Zaza, 53; and Naomi Patience Ohiewere, 42, were arrested in connection with the drugs,” the statement read.
Babafemi also said that in a separate operation in Lagos State, the agency collaborated with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest three more people suspected of dealing in fake dollars.
The agents who embarked on the operation recovered a total sum of $269,000 based on information from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
“While commending all the officers involved in the two special operations in Edo and Lagos states for their professionalism and commitment, General Buba Marwa has since directed that the fake dollars recovered and suspects arrested in the Lekki operation be immediately transferred to the EFCC for possible prosecution,” the statement added.