Operatives of the NDLEA uncover secret Mkpuru Mmiri Laboratories in Lagos and Anambra States, and two drug barons and a cook were arrested in the sting operations.
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa, said another meth lab had also been busted in Anambra.
Marwa’s statement read in part: “Now, we have added two barons and another cook,” he said. “This no doubt is a loud statement to those involved in the criminal illicit drug trade that its time for them to quit or risk losing it all; that is losing their freedom, investment and assets acquired through proceeds from the illegal business.
“I am pleased to inform the public today that, after months of painstaking intelligence gathering, diligent tracking and coordinated offensive action, we recorded a breakthrough on Saturday, July 30, 2022, when officers and men of the Agency successfully busted two methamphetamine manufacturing facilities, called Meth Laboratories.
The first one, located in Victoria Garden City (VGC) Estate of Lekki, Lagos, is owned by a baron, Chris Emeka Nzewi, while the second, in Nise Community of Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State was owned by Paul Ozoemenam. The owners of these two illicit meth laboratories were successfully arrested alongside Sunday Ukah from Aba, Abia State, the cook or chemist that produced the drugs for them.