Ms. Aderinoye Queen Christmas, also referred to as Ms. Queen Oluwadamilola Aderinoye, a previous recipient of the Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture title for the 2015/2016 season and the esteemed founder of the Queen Christmas Foundation, has been officially categorized as wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). According to acquired knowledge, the former beauty queen made a swift escape from her dwelling in Lagos after authorities from NDLEA conducted a surprise operation at her residence in Oral Estate, Lekki on January 24, 2024.
This operation was carried out based on reliable information suggesting her involvement in the illegal trade of substances. Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, recently released a statement containing this information. Babafemi reported seizing a substantial amount of illegal substances, weighing approximately 606 grams, including Canadian Loud, a synthetic marijuana variant. Additionally, various incriminating items were discovered at her residence, such as an electronic scale for precise measurement, sizable quantities of drug packaging materials, a black RAV4 SUV, and even a framed photograph.
Authorities capture drug traffickers in Lagos State.
On the very next day, January 25, 2024, in Edu Orita, Ogun state, an unexpected turn of events unfolded. Sunday Michael Owoborode, a man of fifty-two, along with his accomplice Valentine Anene, found themselves in the hands of authorities as they were apprehended. Their presence in this remote location had a clear purpose – Valentine was being readied for an imminent journey to Qatar. This fateful day, they had intended to smuggle a substantial amount of drugs onboard a Qatar airline flight departing from Lagos.
Upon capturing them, law enforcement discovered that they were in possession of illegal substances, with a total weight of 1.8 kilograms. In addition, an electronic weighing scale was seized along with various other illicit substances. On January, 24, 2024, a successful operation conducted by authorities in Lagos led to the apprehension of Sunday Adediran, a middle-aged man of 50. Within the confines of his residence in Mushin Olosha, a staggering 20 kg of cannabis sativa was discovered in one of the rooms.
Countering drug abuse under the theme of “War Against Drug Abuse”.
In the preceding week, the nationwide divisions of the Agency exhibited undiminished enthusiasm as they carried out the campaign for countering drug abuse under the theme of War Against Drug Abuse, also known as WADA. On January 25, 2024, in Kano, a man named Shamwilu Idris, aged 29, was apprehended in the vicinity of Gadar Tamburawa for possessing 271 kilograms of cannabis. This arrest came after the discovery of an abandoned quantity of the same substance, weighing 28.1 kilograms, in the Rijiyar Lemo area of the state on January 24, 2024.
Also, on January 26, 2024 the authorities apprehended Abubakar Haruna Salisu, a 24-year-old individual, at Kotun Wambai, Yan Awaki in Kano. He was caught red-handed with an astonishing 600 bottles of syrup containing codeine. Additionally, on January 24, 2024, the police successfully confiscated a substantial amount of cannabis, amounting to 1,306 blocks weighing a grand total of 886kg at Kwanar Dangora in the state. The police then promptly handed over the seized drugs to the Agency.
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Additionally, on January 26, 2024, NDLEA operatives intercepted a DAF truck, along the Gombe – Bauchi road. The suspect, Musa Galadima, was found in possession of a significant amount of illicit substances. A total of 87 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa, with a weight of 73kg, were seized. Additionally, 21,346 pills of tramadol and 3,800 diazepam tablets were also recovered from the suspect. Continuing their operations in Plateau state, another individual named Aminu Ubuntu, 35, was apprehended on the following day carrying 5 undisclosed items. The reported incident stated the discovery of 355 kilograms of cannabis in the Layin Zana region of Jos.