JUST IN: Four Nigerian pilgrims arrested for planning to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia

4 intending hajj pilgrims have been arrested by the operatives of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) whereas attempting to smuggle cocaine to Saudi Arabia.

The suspects lodged at Emerald Lodge within the Ladipo space of Oshodi, Lagos State, had been caught ingesting wraps of cocaine forward of their flight to the holy land on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

The 4 suspects had been recognized as Usman Kamorudeen, 31; Olasunkanmi Owolabi, 46; Fatai Yekini, 38; and Ayinla Kemi, 34.

“The suspects had been lodged in two rooms within the lodge, making ready 200 pellets of cocaine weighing 2.20 kilograms to swallow when NDLEA officers stormed their rooms. 100 wraps of the Class A substance had been recovered from every room, making a complete seizure of 200 wraps. Two suspects had been set to swallow 100 wraps every,” NDLEA acknowledged.

Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Govt Officer of the NDLEA, recommended the Commander, officers, and males of the Lagos State Command of the NDLEA for conducting the operation.

He emphasised that the company will proceed to increase its efforts to trace, hint, and apprehend legal parts making an attempt to make use of the pilgrimage to hold out unlawful actions that would tarnish the nation’s picture.

The NDLEA chief additionally acknowledged that the company would collaborate with their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to make sure that the designated recipients of the seized illicit drug consignments in Saudi Arabia are additionally traced and handled accordingly.

In the meantime, the Saudi Ministry of Well being has authorized the Nationwide Hajj Fee of Nigeria (NAHCON) to function two fundamental clinics for Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah.

The Govt Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, made this recognized in an announcement by the fee’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Fatima Sanda-Usara, on Sunday in Abuja.

Arabi stated the approval letter was obtained by Dr Abubakar Isma’eel, NAHCON’s Head of Medical Mission for the 2024 Hajj Season.

“The Nationwide Hajj Fee of Nigeria (NAHCON) is glad to announce that it has obtained approval to function two fundamental clinics in Makkah within the meantime.

“The Saudi Ministry of Well being revealed this improvement by its medical consultants hooked up to Ithra Alkhair Firm, NAHCON’s chosen service suppliers, in any other case generally known as Mu’assasa. The 2 fundamental clinics are these situated at Masfala/Kudai and Shari’e Al-Mansour areas. They function the medical head workplaces,” he stated.

Arabi additionally stated that approval to start out working three different outpost clinics (Triage Outposts 1, 2, and three) was nonetheless awaited.

“Dr A-Isma’eel expressed optimism that inside the subsequent 48–72 hours, the three outposts would additionally obtain full approval to function optimally. The proposed outposts are situated at Nasarawa, Ogun/Oyo, and Borno pilgrim homes in Makkah, respectively,” the chairman defined.

He stated that the GPS of the outpost areas can be made obtainable to the Nigerian pilgrims inside hours of approval.

“It ought to be famous that the outposts are strategically located inside pilgrims’ lodge clusters to assist accessibility,” he famous.

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