The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 300-level university student, Rhoda Agboje, and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, for producing and selling drug cookies to school children and other unsuspecting members of the public in Abuja.
NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the NDLEA have also launched a manhunt for a third member of the gang.
The three-man syndicate specializes in producing the cookies with laced with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis, alcohol, and Rohypnol among other ingredients.
“Their lid was blown open following the arrest of Rhoda Agboje with four pieces of the drug cookies on Sunday, April 18, 2021,” Babafemi said in a statement.
“She was arrested at the NNPC Cooperative estate, opposite Gaduwa estate in Abuja based on a complaint that she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat.
“After eating the drug cookies, the girl lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies.”
Under interrogation, the prime suspect, Rhoda confessed she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1,500.
The FCT Commander of the NDLEA, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, said a follow-up operation in her boyfriend’s house led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies.
“The boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, and all the equipment used for the production of the cookies were brought to the office for further investigation,” he said.
“The suspect confirmed that she sells at parties and to unsuspecting members of the public, including school children that are the most vulnerable. The suspect also supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.”
While commending officers and men of the FCT Command for unraveling the syndicate, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said what the syndicate was doing is not only criminal but equally unconscionable by deliberately luring schoolchildren into drug under the cover of selling to them biscuits or cookies.
“I wish to draw the attention of parents to this new devious strategy to get children addicted to drug cookies and to urge them to remain vigilant while monitoring what their wards bring home from school or consume as snack,” Marwa said.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a Nigerian man was arrested by the police after he was allegedly found selling drugs to schoolchildren in South Africa.