NDLEA Raids Shrine Guarded by Snake in Edo State

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have dismantled a shrine guarded by a snake used for storing illicit drugs in the Igor community of Benin City, Edo State.

The NDLEA discovered a specially constructed large hole in a wall, hidden by wallpapers and surrounded by fetish objects, used for concealing drugs.

According to a statement by Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy for the agency, the operatives found quantities of methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado, and Arizona—potent strains of cannabis—hidden in the shrine’s wall. The total weight of the seized substances was 8.743 kilograms.

During the operation, two women, Sonia Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani, were apprehended after neutralizing the black snake guarding the shrine.

In a separate operation, two suspects, Obi Ferguson and Ernest Abanum, were arrested on Saturday, June 22, when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen forest in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. The raid resulted in the recovery of 209kg of cannabis and a motorcycle.

Additionally, on Tuesday, June 18, operatives intercepted a white Nissan Frontier pickup vehicle with amber lights and a fake security agency registration number at Kiyi village in the Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory. The vehicle contained 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg, procured in Uzeba, Edo State. A 76-year-old man, Francis Omofa, linked to the consignment, was also arrested.

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