Crime

Fictitious security officers nab with 427kg of narcotics in Abuja, Borno

Three drug traffickers dressed in security agency clothes were apprehended with over 427 kilograms of illicit substances in Borno state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

While Yakubu Kotri, posing as a military officer, was apprehended on Wednesday, December 29th while driving a gulf car loaded with Cannabis Sativa weighing 208 kilograms on his way to Bama, Borno state, another suspect, Salisu Mohammed, was apprehended by narcotic officers on patrol on the same day while trafficking Tramadol to Bama.

Although photos of Yakubu Kotri being apprehended in uniform have been spreading on social media since Wednesday, the Agency wishes to clarify that the suspect is not a serving military soldier.

Another impostor, Dada Adekunle, emerged on the scene in a similar manner.

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In a similar vein, another impostor, Dada Adekunle, was apprehended with his 60-year-old accomplice, Usman Isa, in the Abaji region of the FCT on Wednesday with 15.843kg of cannabis, while Alfred Aminu was apprehended with 20kg of the same substance at Gwagwalada the same day.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, December 28th, along the Jos-Bauchi Road in Plateau, a commercial DAF truck with the registration number GME 874 YX was intercepted on its way from Onitsha, Anambra State, to Mubi, Adamawa State. 7.8kg of 225mg Tramadol was discovered during the search. On Tuesday, agents in Bauchi state detained one Shaft’atu Abubakar with 174 kilograms of cannabis and 2.1 kilograms of Diazepam, while a suspected bandit, Usman Sani, was captured with two firearms and ammo in Dan-Anacha town, Gasol LGA, Taraba.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of Borno, FCT, Plateau and Taraba state commands for their vigilance. He said the arrest of the fake security agents should serve as a warning to drug traffickers who want to wear uniforms of security agencies as a cover to escape scrutiny, adding that they would not go undetected.

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