NDLEA arrests wanted ‘queen’ of drug traffickers in Taraba
Lami Mai Rigima, a notorious drug pusher supplying psychoactive substances to traffickers in Taraba state has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) months after being on their wanted list.
The 40-year-old “queen of the drug world” came under the anti-narcotic agency’s searchlight when a number of traffickers arrested in the state in 2021 and early 2022 fingered her as their supplier.
The manhunt for Lami paid off on Monday 4th April when operatives tracked her to her hideout in Iware village in Ardo Kola local government area of Taraba.
According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the search for Lami began in October 2021 following the arrest, prosecution and conviction of a drug dealer, Abdullahi Madaki.
After serving his brief jail sentence, Madaki returned to the illicit trade with Lami still as his supplier. He was, however, rearrested on February 13, 2022, while another trafficker, 20-year-old Jamilu Hassan, who is also a member of Lami’s supply chain, was nabbed on February 24.
Babafemi said NDLEA officials “arrested a cross border drug trafficker, Emeka Okiru, 40, with 32,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg under the brand name: Royal and Tramaking. He was arrested at Garden city, Mubi, Mubi North LGA on Tuesday, April 5, while preparing to supply his customers who came from the Republic of Cameroon. The drugs were found concealed in cartons of paintbrushes.
“In Oyo State, different quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis were recovered from four suspects: Adetola Tosin; Akeem Kazeem; Korede Ahmed, and Abdulgafar Nureni who were arrested in Omi-Adio, Ido LGA; Oje area of Ibadan North LGA; Iwo Road, Ibadan North East LGA, and Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North West LGA, when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday, April 5.
“At least, 172 kilograms of cannabis was recovered from two suspects: Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in Kamba area of Kebbi state on Monday, April 4, by NDLEA operatives.
“While commending the officers and men of the Taraba, Adamawa, Kebbi and Oyo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) charged them and their compatriots in other commands across the country to sustain the tempo of offensive action against the drug cartels in every part of Nigeria.”