The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected fake security agent, Basiru Ibrahim, who specialised in trafficking illicit drugs from Benin Republic through Lagos to Sokoto State, with 280kg of Indian hemp and Diazepam.
The suspect was caught conveying 140kg of hemp and another 140kg of Diazepam in his Peugeot 406 saloon car with registration number Lagos KSF 60 BE at Kingakwai checkpoint, Kamba, Dandi LGA of Kebbi State.
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Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Thursday in Abuja that the Kebbi State Commander of the NDLEA, Peter Odaudu, said that the claim by the 38-year-old suspect, to being a senior official of the Sokoto State Command of a law enforcement agency is still being investigated.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have trafficked drugs three times in the past from Benin Republic for a notorious dealer known as Queen,” Babafemi said.
In another operation, attempts by another trafficker to smuggle 2,800 bottles of diverse cough syrups into Abuja was thwarted by operatives of the NDLEA in Suleja, Niger State, where they recovered 1,020 bottles of CS cough syrup with codeine; 390 bottles of CSP cough syrup with codeine; and 1,390 bottles of barcadin cough syrup with codeine.
The commander, Niger State command of the agency, Haruna Kwetishe, said the illicit substances meant for drug joints in Abuja were procured from Onitsha, Anambra State and diverted to Morada market motor park in Suleja to avoid security scrutiny in Abuja.
According to him, a 27-year-old Ezema Sunday who was to take delivery of the consignment was arrested on Tuesday April 6, 2021 along with another suspect, Nehemiah Isa, who was caught with 1.3kg of cannabis and seven grammes of Nitrazepam.