NDLEA Arrests Popular Pastor with 3 Drums of ‘Mkpuru-Mmiri’, Releases Photo

NDLEA Arrests Popular Pastor with 3 Drums of ‘Mkpuru-Mmiri’, Releases Photo

  • The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a pastor, Anietie Okon Effiong, for alleged dealing in hard drugs
  • Pastor Effiong was said to be arrested with three drums of crystal methamphetamine (aka Mkpuru Mmiri) believed to have been imported from India
  • The anti-hard drug agency also made major arrests and seizures in Lagos, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kogi states

FCT, Abuja - Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, a trans-border drug dealer, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

A statement released by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday, August 7, indicates that Effiong was arrested with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.

Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong/NDLEA/Drug
Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong (left), other alleged drug dealers arrested by the NDLEA. Photo credit: NDLEA
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Legit.ng gathers that the consignment weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday, August 6.

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The dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was reportedly meant for Pastor Effiong who was arrested in a follow up operation at Oron beach in Oron.

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The recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.

The NDLEA spokesman noted that Pastor Effiong's arrest comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and Philippines with a 3kg cannabis sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos. The consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads.

90-year-old retired soldier arrested in Sokoto

In another separate operation, the NDLEA in Sokoto arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, on Wednesday, August 3, in Mailalle, Sabon Birni LGA for supplying bandits illicit drugs.

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Legit.ng gathers that at the time of his arrest, the suspect was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa.

Meanwhile, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia LGA, Edo state and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin.

He was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy via Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday 30th July.

The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Monday 1st Aug.

Female passenger arrested in Lagos

In the same vein, a female passenger Jatau Lydia Lami was arrested at the Lagos airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey via a Turkish Airline flight on Sunday, July 1.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hails from Zango Kataf LGA, Kaduna state and lives in Istanbul, Turkey with her family.

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She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June.

Also at the SAHCO export shed of the airport, attempts by some freight agents to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE on Thursday, August 4, were thwarted by NDLEA operatives who arrested two of them in follow up operations.

They are:

  • Oladipupo Oladapo Fatai
  • Animashaun Qudus

The remaining two are still at large.

NDLEA makes seizures in Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi

In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Thursday, August 4, intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state enroute Sokoto with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.

In Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Wednesday, August 3.

The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja. Follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius.

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In Kaduna, four suspects: Sulaiman Rabi'u; Sanusi Sha'aibu; Ma'aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi Kaduna with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.

In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked up stores in new market area of the state capital on Saturday 6th Aug, while in Delta, a suspect, Ike Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol; and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly.

NDLEA chairman Buba Marwa speaks

Speaking on the development, the chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the Akwa Ibom, MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna commands of the agency as well as those of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI for their recent feats.

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He charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.

At Last, NDLEA arrests wanted drug lord after 5 months chase

In another report, the NDLEA arrested wanted drug kingpin Henry Chukwuneku Okamaru popularly described as Lawrence Ik Okamaru) after a five-month chase.

Okamaru was arrested in Ondo state in connection with the seized 2000.6kg Cannabis Sativa hidden in a concrete mixer truck in Adamawa state in December 2021.

Two suspects, Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nmborgwu were arrested in connection with the consignment last December.

Source: Legit.ng

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