Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested one Basiru Ibrahim, a suspected fake security agent, for alleged trans-border drug trafficking.
Ibrahim, 38, was arrested at the Kingakwai checkpoint on April 3, 2021, allegedly conveying 140 Kilograms each of skunk and Diazepam in his personal car in Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area, Kebbi State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy.
The statement read: “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 280kilogrammes of skunk and Diazepam in the Northwest state.
“The suspect was caught at about 8.30pm on April 3 conveying 140kg of skunk 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.”
Babafemi said that during interrogation, the suspect confessed to have trafficked drugs three times in the past from Benin Republic for a notorious dealer known as Queen.
Elsewhere, attempts by another trafficker, Ezema Sunday, 27, to smuggle 2,800 bottles of various cough syrups into Abuja was intercepted by operatives of the NDLEA in Suleja, Niger State.
Sunday was intercepted with 1,020 bottles of 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 7th April, 2021 along with another suspect, Nehemiah Isa who was caught with 1.3kg of cannabis and 7 grams of Nitrazepam,” the statement read.