70-year-old woman others smashed with 5,000kg of illicit drugs

A 70-year-old Mrs. Beatrice Aigbedion was among suspects arrested in parts of Edo by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in connection with the seizure of over 5,000 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs across the state.

NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday said after days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 24th November stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state.

He said the operatives recovered a total of 4,261.5kg of cannabis sativa and a suspect, Ikong Stanley, arrested.

The previous day Tuesday 23rd Nov, 1,240kg was equally seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, Owan West LGA of the state.

“At the point of her arrest in Irrua last Wednesday, 70-year-old Mrs. Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol while another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed
at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakponba- Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg.

“Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday 25th Nov at Irrua, Esan Central LGA with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol,” he said.

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