After more than four sets of arrests, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), finally identified the 63-year-old grandfather, Afolabi Kolawole, who is believed to be behind the shipment of illicit drugs to Dubai.
Kolawole who was arrested on August 18, in Ibadan, Oyo state, confessed to concealing illicit drugs in black native soaps which he ships to his daughter in Barakat, Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).
His arrest came after the NDLEA operatives intercepted a drug exhibit going to Dubai, on August 4.
Similarly, a major importer of cannabis from the United States, Abibu Sola was arrested after 56.4kg of the product was traced to him.
The illicit drugs were intercepted on different occasions such as a 19.30kg Colorado consignment from Los Angeles, USA, on June 30, and a 37.1kg consignment on July 7.
They were intercepted at the NAHCO cargo import shed of the Lagos International airport.
A statement signed by the NDLEA Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi on Sunday, revealed that Abibu was still being interviewed in custody on the 19.30kg consignment when that of 37.1kg package of Cannabis was intercepted and was traced to him.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives had arrested a freight agent, Njoko Elizabeth, 37, for attempting to export 250 grams of Tramadol and cannabis to Dubai through the NAHCO export shed.
The drug exhibits were concealed inside some gallons of palm oil and honey, which were packed among food items and hair attachments.
Also, a 55-year-old, Italy-bound passenger Oziengbe Andrew was arrested on August 19 with 600 grams of Tramadol 200mg while attempting to board a Royal Air Maroc flight to Italy, via Casablanca.
Over the past week, at least 2.3 million tablets of illicit pharmaceutical opioids and other psychoactive substances were meant for distribution in seven Northern states Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Nasarawa were seized by the NDLEA.
Reacting to the feat, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa commended the officers and men of the affected commands and urged them to intensify their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.