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2 caught with 2.927kg of cocaine in NDLEA net

Two suspects, Mr. Abdul Abubakar Mohammed and Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha, were caught with 2.927kg of cocaine when luck ran out for the duo by the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Kano Command.

The NDLEA Commander, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul while parading the suspects before newsmen on Saturday in Kano, said that luck ran out for the two suspects after his men trailed them to a hotel along Katsina Road, in Fage Local Government Area of the state, after two months of investigation.

The Vanguard report had it that, the Commander has stated that the command’s shift from reactive to proactive investigative methods was what led to the successful arrest of the suspects, whom he said have already started swallowing the parcels before taking off to Sudan from where they will continue their journey to Saudi Arabia through the sea.

“We have adopted proactive methods for effective policing and investigations as it relates to drugs. We have been on the trail of the suspects for the past two months after intelligence gathering by our vigilant officers. You are all aware of the recent execution of a Nigerian as well as arrests by the Saudi Arabian authorities for drug trafficking yet, these people are not deterred from the illegal business,” he said.

Abdul further disclosed that in the period under review, 50 hotspots were dislodged within and outside the state’s metropolis during which drugs such as Cannabis Sativa measuring up to 250kg, 560kg of Tramadol, 24kg of Khat were confiscated which brings the total of illicit drug impounded to 836.927kg.

Responding to questions by newsmen, the two suspects said that they hail from Maiduguri and are both businessmen who deal in caps and cola nuts respectively but lost their sources of livelihood due to Boko Haram insurgency.

In the same vein, the report said that the Command in the course of its duty has arrested a 4 man gang with a pistol which includes one Isah Yusuf, Nazifi Yahaya, Suleiman Kabir and Rufai Lawan, suspected to be armed robbers or bandits.

“It will also interest you to know that, our officers while on a stop and search operation, arrested a four-man gang carrying a pistol while on their way to Funtuwa. Investigations are still ongoing and would be handed over to the relevant authorities for further investigation and prosecution.”

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