The President, National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, Mr. Femi Oyewale, on behalf of the association, has congratulated Mr. Femi Babafemi on his appointment as the Director, Media & Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Oyewale assured NDLEA of professional co operation in promoting the agency’s programmes.
“NAOSRE congratulate you on your well deserved appointment. There is no doubt that your assumption of duty would enhance the publicity and sensitization drive of NDLEA to achieve an illicit drugs free Nigeria. You can always count on NAOSRE as a dependable partner in the realization of your agency’s objectives,” Oyewale assured.
Meanwhile, NDLEA has said that the agency has intercepted a brewery truck loaded with illicit drugs.
In a statement signed by Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy, the agency said it has also nabbed a 20-years old with 6 gramms of cocaine in Ondo State.
According to the statement, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Imo State Command have intercepted a 40-foot truck carrying Nigerian Breweries beer bottles, with 239 kilograms of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa concealed inside.
This is even as the men of the Ondo state Command of the Agency have arrested a 20-year-old Bidemi Timileyin with 6.12 grams of cocaine at a joint in Ajiboro community Ondo town, Ondo West local government area of the state, while other suspects escaped. Both seizures were made on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
According to the Commander, Imo state Command of NDLEA, Nse Jack, preliminary investigations revealed that the illicit substances were loaded into the truck in Benin, Edo state on its way from Idiroko, Ogun state heading to Aba in Abia state. Three suspects arrested in connection with the seizure include: the driver, 34 years old Okeke Linus; the conductor, 29 years old Bokwagh Tivfa and the courier, 60 years old Chidi Ofondu.
The statement reads:
“On the 24th February, 2021, at about 1930hours, based on information, Imo state command intercepted a 40ft Fonton truck with registration number Lagos KJA 991 XZ, belonging to AG leventis, Aba, a transporter for Nigerian Breweries, Aba, suspected of conveying some quantities of cannabis sativa at the control bus stop, Owerri, Imo state. The truck, which had empty bottles in crates belonging to Nigerian Breweries, was taken to the command headquartres, Owerri for a thorough search. In the process, 13 big bags of dried weed suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 239kgs concealed in between the crates of empty bottles were recovered.
“The truck was coming from Idiroko where they had gone to deliver products and thereafter carried empty bottles back to Aba. They stopped at Okada, Edo state on the 23rd February, 2021 where they slept over, and it was in Okada they met the courier, Chidi Ofondu, where a total of 26 bags of the suspected substance were loaded. The trio left Okada in the morning of 24th February, 2021 to Aba enroute Owerri. Thirteen bags of the exhibit were dropped along the road in Imo state before they got to the control bus stop, Owerri same day where they were intercepted”, the Commander explained.