Stories from Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Barely a week after operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), arrested a 70-year-old Nigerien who supplies Boko Haram and bandits illicit drugs, a 35-year-old Chadian who sells narcotics to the insurgents has been intercepted in Taraba State with assorted drugs.
The suspect, Adama Uomar Issa, was arrested on Wednesday, in Jalingo, Taraba State, with 21.70Kg of Tramadol 225mg and 250mg. Also seized from him were 15.7Kg of Exol.5; 100,050 France CAF and N61, 000.
According to the Commander, Taraba State Command of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, the suspect speaks only French and Arabic and claims he was taking the illicit substances to Chad Republic before he was intercepted in Jalingo.
Investigations have, however, shown that he is a major supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram insurgents. At the point of interception, the drugs, which he bought from Onitsha in Anambra State, were concealed inside new ladies’ handbags and shoes.
In a related development, operatives of the anti-drug law enforcement agency have raided drug joints in Warri Street, Kaduna, where 29.5 grammes of cocaine and heroin were recovered along with 456 grammes of rohypnol tablets. Two peddlers, Suleiman Yusuf and Abubakar Abdullahi, were arrested during the sting operation.
This was even as 181kg of cannabis sativa was seized in Gaidam, Yobe State, and a suspect arrested in connection with the seizure. Apeh Reuben, the Yobe State Commander of the agency, disclosed that the consignment was transported from Lagos to Yobe, and was moving from Yobe to Niger Republic, but was intercepted at the border post in Gaidam, while attempting to cross to Niger.
While commending the Taraba, Kaduna and Yobe states commands for their vigilance and resilience in the on-going offensive action against illicit drugs and traffickers, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged the officers and men involved in the operations and across other commands not to relax until the last drug cartel is dismantled in the country.