NDLEA arrests Boko Haram drug supplier in Taraba

A 35-year-old Chadian who sells narcotics to Boko Haram insurgents has been arrested in Taraba state with assorted drugs by the officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

This is coming barely a week after operatives of the NDLEA arrested a 70-year-old Nigerien who supplies Boko Haram and bandits illicit drugs.

The suspect, Adama Uomar Issa, was arrested on Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 in Jalingo, Taraba State with 21.70Kg of Tramadol 225mg and 250mg. Also seized from him were 15.7Kg of Exol.5; 100,050 France CAF and N61, 000.

According to the Commander, Taraba state Command 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.

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A statement by the NDLEA media director, Femi Babafemi, revealed that investigations have however shown that the suspect is a major supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram insurgents.

The statement added that, at the point of interdiction, the drugs, which he bought from Onitsha in Anambra state, were concealed inside new ladies’ handbags and shoes.

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While commending the Taraba Command for their vigilance and resilience in the ongoing offensive action against illicit drugs and traffickers, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed 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.

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