Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 70-year-old suspected drug trafficker, said to be supplying substances to Boko Haram insurgents and bandits.
According to agency, the suspect, Rabiu Wada, who hails from Dallawa town in Niger Republic, was arrested on Thursday in Niger State with 10 pallets of skunk.
The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Saturday. He said Wada had brought hide from Niger Republic and sold it in Lagos.
The statement read, “During interrogation, the suspect claimed he sold his goods for N300,000 in Lagos and used the fund to buy 10 pallets of skunk at N25,000 each. He was on his way back to Niger Republic through the North-West where he sells drugs to bandits when he was intercepted in Jebba.”
The Commander, Niger State Command of the NDLEA, Aloye Isaac, said the arrest was a further confirmation of the nexus between drug abuse and the security challenges in parts of the country.
Also in another new development, the NDLEA operatives in a joint operation by soldiers in Ondo State have identified and destroyed 95 hectares of three cannabis farms located in Ogbese forest.
Haruna Gagara the Ondo state Commander of the agency, said although no one was arrested during the operation, investigation had commenced to identify and apprehend the owners of the farms.