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May 29: NDLEA raids drug joints nationwide, arrests 534 – Punch Newspapers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has launched a nationwide raid of drug joints in an exercise code-named ‘Operation Mop Up’ as part of law enforcement efforts to remove enablers of crime and violence in the form of illicit substances and those who deal in them with a view to ensuring peaceful inauguration of new administrations at national and sub-national levels across the country on May 29.

In the first few days since the commencement of the operation, the NDLEA said it has arrested 534 culprits across states and the Federal Capital Territory during which tons of illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, codeine-based syrup, cannabis sativa and various new psychoactive substances were recovered

Top on the list with high arrests and seizures are Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Rivers, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Osun, Benue and Plateau.

The NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) commended all the officers and men of the state commands involved in the exercise for their professionalism and for following the NDLEA standard operating procedure.

“This will in no small measure take out of the equation, enablers of crime and violence such as illicit drugs, their dealers and all those relying on mind-altering substances to disrupt the May 29 inauguration ceremonies across the states and the Federal Capital Territory”, Marwa said.

He charged them to continue with the operational maxim of ‘offensive action’ against drug cartels and traffickers until the last gram of illicit drug is taken out of the streets and communities across the country, Channels TV said.

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