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NDLEA arrests port workers, declares others wanted over 1,044.29kg cocaine, colorado

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NGLEA) have begun to unmask members of an organised criminal network behind the recent importation of two containers laden with illicit drugs as well as assorted arms and ammunition from Durban, South Africa to the Tin-can seaport in Lagos State.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.
 He disclosed that among those already arrested as members of the syndicate are: a clearing and notify party of the two containers, Falowo Samuel Kayode; a dock worker, Anjorin Idowu; and Uzairu Ahmed Iguda, who is in charge of the Five Star terminal at the port.


Another dock worker at the terminal, Mohammed Muktar Sule, alias Organiser, who is equally linked to the syndicate, is currently at large.

Based on credible intelligence, the Agency had requested for a 100 percent joint examination of two containers marked MSCU 4581770 and TRHU 7968071 from South Africa.

As a result, the exercise was conducted with other stakeholders on January 18 and 19, 2024 during which 56.39kg cocaine and 795kg Colorado, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis, among other illegal items were recovered from the containers.

Following a tasking order by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), to a combined team of specialised units of the agency to unravel those behind the importation of the large consignments of the illicit drugs, ongoing investigations have led to the discovery of more bags of Colorado weighing 192.7kg, a pistol, and rounds of ammunition removed from the container, MSCU 4581770,  and hidden in an empty container before the 100 percent joint examination at the Five Star terminal.

As a result, two suspects: Uzairu Ahmed Iguda, who is in charge of the terminal’s container positioning and stacking, and Anjorin Idowu, who is a dock worker in the terminal, have been arrested.

Another suspect, Mohammed Muktar Sule, alias Organiser, now at large, is also a dock worker in the terminal.

Investigations revealed that the three suspects conspired with the agent and notify party, Falowo Samuel Kayode, to remove the 192.7kg Colorado, pistol and rounds of ammunition from the container to an empty container in the terminal.

The latest seizure brings the total recovered from the two containers to 56.39kg of cocaine and 987.9kg of Colorado with a combined weight of 1,044.29kg.

Investigations have also revealed three kingpins believed to be based in South Africa and connected with the importation of the containers. They are: Odeyemi Taiwo Emmanuel; Akinyemi Olayinka and Adebayo Adewole Emmanuel, who are now on the Agency’s wanted list.

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