Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three visually impaired men operating an illicit drug ring between Lagos and Kano, states, while another visually impaired member of the syndicate is still at large.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in a statement in Abuja that the lid was blown off the group following the arrest of a visually impaired suspect, Adamu Hassan, 40, along Gwagwalada expressway, Abuja with 12kgs of skunk on his way from Lagos to Kano on Saturday.
“Investigations, however, established that he was totally oblivious of the content of the bag handed to him to deliver in Kano,” Babafemi said.
According to him, follow-up operations led to the arrest of the arrowhead of the syndicate, Bello Abubakar, 45, who is also visually impaired.
In his statement, Bello who is married with five children said he has been living in Lagos for 30 years but started the illicit drug business five years ago.
Another suspect, Muktar Abubakar, 59, who is also visually impaired has been living in Lagos for 40 years and married to three wives with 14 children.
Both Muktar Abubakar and Bello Abubakar are joint owners of the business, while the third suspect, Akilu Amadu, 25, who is also visually impaired contributes money to the criminal trade and was the person who delivered the consignment to Adamu at the motor park in Lagos to deliver in Kano.