NDLEA declares Abuja drug lord ‘Ibrahim Bendel’ wanted

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abuja stormed the warehouse of a notorious drug lord and an ex-convict, Ibrahim Momoh, alias ‘Ibrahim Bendel’, who escaped from prison custody to return to his criminal trade and recovered 81 jumbo bags of cannabis weighing 1,278kgs.

According to the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja, though the fleeing drug dealer is still at large and is wanted by the agency, his warehouse keeper, 55-year-old Ghanaian, Richard Forson Gordon, was arrested.

Ibrahim Momoh was first arrested on 27th November 2014 with the same substance weighing 385.1kgs, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on April 22, 2020, but escaped from jail after three months.

In Rivers state, operatives on December 3, the agency arrested a 29-year-old pregnant woman, Kate Ibinabo, with 34.4kgs Cannabis Sativa in Okrika area of the state.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), however, directed that she be granted administrative bail pending when she delivered her baby and thereafter return for her prosecution because, at the time of her arrest, she was in her ninth month of pregnancy.

Also, NDLEA operatives on Saturday 26th November intercepted 1.4kgs of methamphetamine concealed inside custard tins packed among cosmetics and foodstuffs going to Brazil via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight.

“A cargo agent, Salako Omolara Fausat who brought the bag containing the illicit drug to the airport and an intending passenger to Brazil, Anyanwu Christian who was to travel with the consignment were promptly arrested,” Babafemi said.

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