The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the arrest of a 75-year-old grandfather identified as Usman Bajama (alias Clemen) and 22 others for trading in psychoactive substances like Akuskura, tramadol and tramadol.
The suspects were arrested in operations carried out across seven states during which one million one thousand three hundred and eighty-seven (1,001,387) bottles/capsules of Akuskura and tramadol, as well as 2,536 kilogrammes of cannabis, were seized and over 10 hectares of its farms destroyed in Edo and Adamawa.
“Clemen was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday 20th September at Anguwan Sate, Mararraban Tola, Mayo Belwa council area of Adamawa where he had a cannabis plantation from where 49kg of the illicit substance was recovered,” NDLEA said in a statement signed by its spokesman Femi Babafemi on Sunday.
In Kwara, the statement added, “at least 19,878 bottles of the banned new psychoactive substance, Akuskura were intercepted by NDLEA operatives along Ilorin-Jebba highway on Wednesday 21st September and two suspects: Oladokun Oluwaseun, 49, and Ibrahim Jimoh,27, arrested.
“They claimed the consignment packed in 35 jumbo sacks was loaded in Ibadan, Oyo state, and meant for distribution in Jos, Plateau state. Earlier, two suspects: Ukoro Ifeanyi, 46, and Idowu Toyosi, 20, were arrested with 2,290 capsules of tramadol and 100 bottles of codeine-based syrup at Mararaba park, Ilorin. The drugs were brought in from Onitsha, Anambra state.”