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NDLEA razes 317 cannabis warehouses in Edo

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a 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.

This was contained in a statement by Director, Media & Advocacy of NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi.

According to the statement, 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 Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States provided intelligence that helped the agency bust a criminal organization that was dealing in counterfeit US dollars in Lagos.

Three suspects were arrested, and a total of $269,000 in fake US currency was seized from the gang at the Oniru Shoprite area of Lekki, Lagos, during a joint operation by NDLEA and EFCC agents.

The Opuje community in Owan West Local Government Area, Edo State, is notorious for cannabis cultivation, where the cartels invest huge resources, cutting down economic trees of the forest reserves and cultivating cannabis on a large scale, running into hundreds of hectares.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) had vowed to make life tough for drug barons and cartels in the new year if they fail to back out of the illicit trade.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare