NDLEA arrests Chadian ‘Boko Haram drug supplier’ in Taraba
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Taraba State has arrested a 35-year-old Chadian who sells narcotics to the insurgents with assorted drugs.
The suspect, Adama Uomar Issa, was arrested on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Jalingo, Taraba State with 21.70Kg of Tramadol 225mg and 250mg, 15.7Kg of Exol.5; 100,050 France CAF and N61, 000.
The arrest, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the spokesperson of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, came barely one week after the arrest of a 70-year-old terrorist from the Republic of Niger who supplies illicit drugs to Boko Haram members and bandits.
According to the Taraba State Commander of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, the suspect speaks only French and Arabic and claims he was taking the illicit substances to Chad Republic before he was intercepted in Jalingo.
Investigations have however shown that he is a major supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram insurgents.
The statement said, “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.”
Meanwhile , 181kg of cannabis sativa was seized in Gaidam, Yobe state, and a suspect arrested in connection with the seizure.
The Yobe State Commander of the NDLEA, Apeh Reuben, said that the consignment was transported from Lagos to Yobe and was moving from Yobe to Niger Republic, but was intercepted at the border post in Gaidam, while attempting to cross to Niger.
While commending the Taraba, Kaduna, and Yobe states Commands for their vigilance and resilience in the ongoing offensive action against illicit drugs and traffickers, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd) 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.
“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,” he stated.