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NDLEA operatives rejects N5m bribe, intercept Qater-bound drugs



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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 35-year-old Qatar-based lady who attempted to smuggle Indian hemp to the Arabian country.

NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi stated on Sunday in Abuja that the lady was caught at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

He explained that she hid 20 parcels of the weed in “African salad’’ (cassava cuts and vegetables) but was intercepted at the airport on Thursday in collaboration with the State Security Service men.

Mr Babafemi stated that a preliminary investigation showed that the lady returned to Nigeria in December 2023 for end-of-year celebrations.

“She said preparatory to her return to Doha, she was lodged at Club Dice Hotel in Ikotun area of Lagos where the consignment was handed over to her for trafficking to the Arabian country,’’ he stated.

In another development, NDLEA also arrested two men on March 26 in the Iwaya, Yaba, and Agege areas of Lagos.

Mr Babafemi stated that the agency recovered 842,560 psychoactive pills, particularly tramadol, in addition to 15 litres of codeine syrup and 596gms of Molly from the duo.

“NDLEA operatives rebuffed an offer of N5 million bribe from one of them, and the money was documented as part of exhibits to prosecute the suspects,’’ Mr Babafemi added.