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NDLEA nabs trans-border trafficker with 280kg assorted drugs in Kebbi

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• Consignment of codeine syrup for Abuja drug joints intercepted in Suleja

A suspected fake security agent, Basiru Ibrahim, who specialises in trafficking illicit drugs from Benin Republic through Lagos to Sokoto State, has been arrested with 280 kilogrammes of skunkweed and Diazepam in the Northwest state.

The suspect was caught at about 8.30pm on April 3 conveying 140kg of skunkweed and another 140kg of Diazepam in his personal Peugeot 406 saloon car with registration number Lagos KSF 60 BE at Kingakwai checkpoint, Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

According to the state Commander of the NDLEA, Peter Odaudu, the claim by the 38-year-old suspect to being a senior official of the Sokoto State Command of a law enforcement agency was still being investigated.

During interrogation, the suspect confessed to trafficking drugs three times in the past from Benin Republic for a notorious dealer known as Queen.

Meanwhile, attempts by another trafficker to smuggle 2,800 bottles of diverse cough syrups into Abuja have been 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.

A 27-year-old Ezema Sunday, who was to take delivery of the consignment, was arrested on Tuesday, April 7, 2021 along with another suspect, Nehemiah Isa, who was caught with 1.3kgs of cannabis and seven grammes of Nitrazepam.

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