Suspects arrested for supplying drugs to bandits
Security operatives in Niger state have apprehended two men who reportedly supply drugs to bandits in the state.
The suspects identified as Martins Okwor Ejiofor and Bala Mohammed were arrested with 24.450kg of assorted substances meant to be delivered to bandits in neighboring forests in Gwada, Shiroro Local Government of Niger State.
Gwada is said to be one of the two functional markets bordering the forest where bandits and kidnappers hibernate in Niger State.
The NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi in a press statement explained that, drugs seized from the suspects include Codeine – 7.1kg, Diazepam – 6.4kg and Exol 5 – 10.95kg by the Kwara State NDLEA Command’s Highway Patrol Team along Okolowo – Jebba Highway.
Babafemi said the patrol team intercepted the consignment in a Hiace bus, with registration number: Niger 14 B.40NG, belonging to Niger State Transport Authority on Saturday 5th June, 2021.
While Martins Ejiofor had travelled to Lagos with the second suspect to procure the drugs and deliver to dealers in Gwada.
During interrogation, he confessed that he had been arrested with over 50kg of cannabis Sativa and charged to Court by the Niger State Command of the Agency in 2020. He completed his one-year jail term in March this year and resumed his nefarious illicit drug business.
Meanwhile, one other suspect, Usman Abass, 38, was arrested with 6.8kg cannabis sativa concealed in a sack containing used clothes, which the suspect bought at Alaba International Market in Lagos.
The suspect upon interrogation claimed that one Baba gave him the exhibit to deliver to one Lawali in Daura, Katsina State before his arrest by a team of the Command’s operatives attached to Jebba Area Command during a routine stop and search operation.
The suspect confessed that he had transported cannabis Sativa once to Katsina and that the latest trip was his second.
Similarly, last Friday, operatives of the Delta State Command of the Agency arrested 20-year-old Chukwujeku Lucky at Ogwashi Uku, Delta State with multiple drugs weighing 38.90kg.
Some of the drugs seized from his apartment where he serves as a salesman include 68 blocks of cannabis Sativa weighing 38.7kg; 498 pinches of cocaine weighing 50.9gm; 33 pinches of heroin 4.4gm, 304 capsules of Tramadol weighing 91gm, 72 tablets of Swinol weighing 27 gm and 26 grams of Methamphetamine.