NDLEA Bursts Drug-Filled Shrine Guarded With Snakes In Edo


NDLEA has burst a drug-filled shrine guarded with snakes in Edo State.


NaijaOnPoint Nigeria reports that the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have burst a snake-guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in Igor Community in Benin City, Edo State.


This Nigeria news platform gathered that the operatives made the move after detecting a specially constructed large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.



NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said that “different quantities of illicit substances such as Methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743 kilograms, were pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building.”


He also said two ladies, Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday June 18, 2024 after the big black snake guarding the shrine was demobilised.


In the same vein, two suspects – Obi Ferguson, 45, and Ernest Abanum, 46, were arrested on Saturday June 22 when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen Forest in Ovia South West local government area of Edo State where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered.


Meanwhile, NaijaOnPoint Nigeria reports that NDLEA officers in Lagos have intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine at a motor park in Mazamaza area of Ojo in the state.


The highly addictive illicit substance, also called ‘ice’ or ‘crystal meth’ was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loud speakers.


Babafemi said a 39-year-old suspect, Michael Odiomume who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo State was promptly arrested on Wednesday, June 19, at the park.


In Abuja, operatives on Tuesday, June 18, intercepted a white Nissan Frontier pick-up vehicle with amber lights and fake registration number of a security agency at Kiyi Village in Kuje area of the FCT.


The statement added that “the vehicle was loaded with 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg procured at Uzeba, Edo State.”


A 76-year-old grandfather, Mr. Francis Omofa who was linked to the consignment and claimed to have been in the illicit drug business for 10 years, was arrested.