The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one Nkem Timothy, a transborder drug trafficker, with cocaine worth N1 billion.
According to Daily Trust, the NDLEA said the 36-year-old suspect, also known as Auwalu Audu, was arrested with 62 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.550kg, which has an estimated street value of about N1 billion.
Femi Babafemi, the agency’s director of Media and Advocacy, said the suspect was arrested while trying to cross to Algeria through the Niger Republic.
He quoted the acting state commander of NDLEA in Sokoto, Bamidele Segun, as saying that the suspect was intercepted on a motorcycle around the Baggage area at Illela border, while trying to cross to Niger Republic, and then Algeria, where he resides.
He said the illicit drug was neatly concealed inside Yoghurt bottles.
“He was found with an ECOWAS passport with different name written as Auwalu Audu, but he gave his real name as Nkem Timothy,” the commander stated, adding that his men have commenced further investigation to unravel his sponsor and other members of the transborder drug cartel.
“This is a ground breaking feat for us in the command as seizure of this magnitude of type A drug (cocaine) has never been made in Sokoto command before.”
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State command of the agency has also arrested one Umar Mohammed with 82 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 70kg.
He was arrested at Lafiya Lamurde area of the state.
Reacting to the seizures, chairman of the agency, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), commended the two commands and charged them to remain vigilant.