NDLEA arrest fake soldier with drugs, ATM, SIM cards for bandits

NDLEA arrest fake soldier with drugs, ATM, SIM cards for bandits

Hayatu Galadima, a suspected fake soldier, and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu, were apprehended by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Kaduna State while reportedly transporting drugs, ammunition, and communication equipment to bandits.

On Friday, September 30, 2021, they were allegedly apprehended by a patrol squad of NDLEA officials on the Gwagwalada Expressway in Abuja.

The NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, stated in a statement on Sunday that materials discovered from Galadima included 21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in water bottles, 16 packs of new two-way radios (walkie-talkie), and four army head masks.

A wallet holding an army ID card, one USD, two FCMB, one First Bank, one Ecobank, one UBA, and one Skye Bank ATM cards, cannabis sativa wraps, tramadol tablets, and three MTN, two 9mobile, and one Airtel SIM cards were among the items found.

NDLEA arrest fake soldier with drugs, ATM, SIM cards for bandits

One iPhone 12 Pro, one Samsung A31, one Nokia phone, seven NA pass letters, five handbags, and one Bagco bag carrying personal items, as well as a gallon of palm oil, were also discovered on him, according to Babafemi.

The suspects said they were transporting the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano, while Galadima claimed to be a Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, Oyo State.

“Preliminary investigation, however, indicates that the suspects may have had contact with bandits in the North-West and were possibly transferring ammunition and two-way radios to bandits who are currently excommunicated due to the suspension of telecommunication services in Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kaduna states,” Babafemi said.

Meanwhile, Mario Okiwelu, a final-year Fine Arts and Design student at the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, has been arrested for reportedly smuggling five varieties of liquid cannabis weighing 49.6 grams from the United States of America.

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According to the NDLEA, Okiwelu and his accomplice, Precious Awuse, were apprehended in a controlled delivery on Monday, September 27, 2021, in the NIPOST area of Port Harcourt.

In addition, NDLEA narcotic officers linked to some courier services in Lagos allegedly seized various amounts of illicit substances, including 40g of cocaine hidden in a University of Uyo degree certificate and destined for Australia.

Other items included 280 grams of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles bound for Cyprus, 400 grams of tramadol hidden in plastic bottles bound for Australia, and 1 kilogram of methamphetamine hidden in car parts bound for Hong Kong.

On Saturday, September 25, operatives in Kaduna are claimed to have detained a widow, Aliya Idris, in the home of a wanted drug dealer, Shamsu Boda, on Joji Road, Tudun Wada, Zaria.

“She was arrested during an operation at Shamsu Boda’s house,” Babafemi stated. 30 bottles of codeine cough syrup and 20 sachets of Rophynol with a gross weight of 4.2kg and 77.5g, respectively, were discovered in her possession.”

NDLEA arrest fake soldier with drugs, ATM, SIM cards for bandits

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