A 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears hijab to evade security scrutiny has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Benue State.
She was arrested along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.
A statement signed Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja on Wednesdays stated Chioma, who uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities was arrested on Saturday 17th July, 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears hijab as a cover for “her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
He added that their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra State, was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
According to Babafemi, a search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large Ghana-must-go bags.
He noted that the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.
In a related tevelopment, the Ondo State command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
The illicit substance was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA and being conveyed to buyer, a certain Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
“Fot us in NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why well continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us, Gen. Marwa stated on Wednesday in Abuja,” he said.