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NDLEA arrests ‘fake soldier’ with drugs

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a suspected fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima, and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu,..

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a suspected fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima, and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu, while conveying drugs, ammunition and communication equipment to bandits in Kaduna State.

The duo was arrested by a patrol team of NDLEA officers along Gwagwalada expressway, Abuja on Friday 30 September 2021.

Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that items recovered from them include; “21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in a water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radio (Walkie talkie); four army coloured head masks; wallet containing army ID card, 1USD, 2 FCMB, 1 First Bank, 1 Ecobank, 1 UBA, 1 Skye Bank ATM cards.”

Also are wraps of cannabis sativa; tablets of tramadol; three MTN, two 9mobile and one airtel simcards packs; one iPhone 12 pro; one Samsung A31; and one Nokia phones; seven NA (Nigerian Army) pass letters; five handbags and one bagco bag containing personal belongings, as well as a gallon of palm oil.

“While Hayatu Galadima claimed to be a Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, they added that they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano.

“Preliminary investigation however indicates that the suspects may have contact with bandits in the North West and were possibly moving the ammunition and the two-way radios to bandits who are presently excommunicated due to the suspension of telecommunications services in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states,” Babafemi said.

Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), directed the FCT Command of the agency, which made the arrest to transfer the suspects to authorities of the Nigerian Army and another intelligence agency, which had earlier placed the two men on their watch list for further investigation.