There was a gun battle this morning between operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and some suspected drug cartels on Lagos Island during which some people were allegedly injured.
According to the agency, a major drug kingpin operating the notorious Petty Lagos Island drug haven, one Sherifat Kehinde Lawal is now arrested along with six other suspects.
A spokesman for the agency, Mr Femi Babafemi said 5,862 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs including Loud and Codeine was recovered from the suspects.
“Following credible intelligence and follow up surveillance on illicit drug dealing in Osho, Gambari, and Beecroft Streets, Petty Area of Lagos Island, anti-narcotic officers stormed the Gambari street, the base of the drug kingpin where they arrested her and six of her accomplices at 9:30 am Saturday 26th Feb”
Mr Babafemi said other members of the cartel operating in the axis however mobilised hoodlums who attacked the operatives with stones, bottles and guns in a bid to prevent the officers from arresting other kingpins marked for arrest as well as taking the suspects already nabbed and drug exhibits away.
“The operatives were able to tactically defend themselves, took the suspects and exhibits away. Other suspects in custody with Lawal include Ahmed Yisau; Solomon Alape; Olayemi Akinola; Salami Qudus; Bakare Rafiu; Rose Samson; Yusuf Rofiat, and Chukwudi Egon”
In his reaction to the development, Chairman/Chieî refurbf Executive of NDLEA retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the officers and men of the Lagos Command of the Agency for the successful operation.
He warned those being used by drug cartels to obstruct or attack anti-narcotic officers in the course of doing their work to desist or face dire consequences.