NDLEA nabs trans-border trafficker, intercepts illicit drugs



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a fake security agent, Basiru , 39, who specialises in trafficking illicit drugs from Benin Republic Lagos State to Sokoto State.

Also, the agency intercepted 2,800 bottles of diverse cough syrup after it thwarted attempts to smuggle them into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Agency’s Director Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Babafemi quoted the Commander, NDLEA in Kebbi, Mr Peter Odaudu, as saying that the fake security agent was arrested with 280kg of skunk and Diazepam.

Odaudu said the suspect was caught on April 3, conveying 140kg of skunk and 140kg of Diazepam in his personal Peugeot 406 saloon car with registration number: Lagos KSF60 BE.

He added that he was arrested at Kingakwai checkpoint at Kamba in Dandi Local Government Area of .

According to the commander, the suspect of being a senior official of the Sokoto State of a law enforcement agency is 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,” Odaudu said.

On the intercepted illicit drugs, the NDLEA spokesman said operatives of the agency in thwarted the attempt to smuggle them into the FCT.

Babafemi said a 27-year- man, Ezema Sunday, who was to take delivery of the consignment was arrested along with another suspect, Nehemiah Isa, from whom 1.3kg of cannabis sativa and 7gm of Nitrazepam were recovered.

He said the operatives 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 from Sunday.

Babafemi said the illicit substances were meant for drug joints in Abuja.

According to , they are procured from Onitsha and diverted to Morada market Motor Park in Suleja to avoid security scrutiny in Abuja. (NAN)