-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Mike SOGBOLO:

A 35-year Chadian male, alleged to be supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram and bandits, has been arrested by operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA with assorted hard drugs.

The suspect, Adama Issa, according to a statement by the Head, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi was arrested on Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 in Jalingo, Taraba State with 21.7 kilogrammes of Tramadol and other illicit substances.

His arrest is barely a week after a 70-year old Nigerien who supplies Boko Haram and bandits with illicit drugs was apprehended by NDLEA.

According to the Commander, Taraba state Command of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, the suspect cannot speak English but French and Arabic. He claimed he was taking the illicit substances to Chad Republic before he was intercepted in Jalingo.

Jadi said Investigations have however shown that he is a major supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram insurgents.

He says that at the point of interdiction, 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 rophynol tablets.

Two peddlers: Suleiman Yusuf and Abubakar Abdullahi were arrested during the sting operation.

In another interdiction, a 181 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa was seized in Gaidam, Yobe state and a suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure.

The Yobe state Commander of the Agency, Apeh Reuben disclosed that the consignment was transported from Lagos to Yobe and was moving from Yobe to Niger republic, but the traffickers was intercepted at the border post in Gaidam, while attempting to cross to Niger.

Speaking on the latest interceptions, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd)
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, 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.

He said: “We have made a commitment that the criminal elements will always have us to contend with in their illicit trade and that’s why we must not rest on our oars, we must continue to raise the bar in our drug supply reduction activities and drug demand reduction efforts.”

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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