Sami Ashoko Finally Arrested As NDLEA Busts Drug Cartel In Edo, Nasarawa And FCT (Photos)
It was indeed a bleak Easter for the most wanted drug baron in Nasarawa state, Sami Ashoko as he did not only spend the festive season in custody, his warehouse filled with skunk was also raided and 100 bags of the illicit drug weighing 1,095.3kg seized.
Same fate also befell members of another cartel who were arrested in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government area of Edo state and their illicit consignment weighing 1,330kg meant for Bauchi state equally seized.
Both syndicates had been busted on Friday whilst seeking to distribute their unlawful materials for the Easter income.
In Nasarawa, Ashoko, 39, who hails from Ibilo in Akoko Edo location of Edo country, became arrested in Shinge, Lafia primarily based on actionable intelligence. A crew of operatives had stormed his warehouse in Lafia and recovered one hundred bags of hashish weighing about 1.1 tons or 1095.3 kg.
According to the Commander, Nasarawa kingdom Command of the NDLEA, Justice Arinze, Sami Ashoko is the maximum wanted drug baron who has been on our watch list in Nasarawa country. This seizure has overwhelmed the previous record of 45 bags weighing approximately 1/2 ton recovered in January 2021 as the very best singular seizure of cannabis for the reason that inception of the Command in 1999. The seized consignment became meant for Easter income, and which he expects to sell out in two weeks.
In a associated development, two participants of some other drug cartel, Adamu Badamasi and Adamu Abba were also arrested equal day in Edo state whilst looking to flow 950 compressed blocks of hashish weighing 1,330kg, procured from Uzeba, Owan West Local Government vicinity of the nation to Bauchi country for Easter income.
Commander of the Edo country Command of the anti-drug regulation enforcement employer, Buba Wakawa disclosed that the arrest and seizure disrupted the Easter sales plan of the cartel, which attempted to get away arrest through hinterland routes in their white shade Peugeot J5 space bus with registration range Lagos JJJ 722 XC.
In the same vein, some other trafficker who materials capsules to some notorious drug joints in Abuja changed into at the weekend arrested along Gwagwalada expressway, FCT even as bringing forty six compressed blocks of hashish for drug dealers in Mabushi and Banex regions of the capital town.
In the equal vein, another trafficker who materials pills to some infamous drug joints in Abuja turned into on the weekend arrested along Gwagwalada parkway, FCT while bringing forty six compressed blocks of cannabis for drug sellers in Mabushi and Banex regions of the capital town. The Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Salami Sokoto said the infamous drug provider has confessed being a major provider of illicit substances to fundamental drug joints in Abuja.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig.General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has in his response to the Easter weekend operations counseled officials and men of Nasarawa, Edo and FCT Commands of the Agency for their efforts, including that the skunk seized is really much less illicit substances to be had on the streets.
Femi Babafemi Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja 6' April, 2021.