The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested three drug traffickers posing as security agents to escape scrutiny.
The suspects were arrested with over 427 kilograms of illicit drugs in Borno s
State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said while Yakubu Kotri, impersonating as a military personnel was arrested on Wednesday, December 29, driving a gulf car loaded with Cannabis Sativa weighing 208 kilograms on his way to Bama, Borno State; another suspect, Salisu Mohammed, who adorned the uniform of another security agency to traffic Tramadol to Bama, was also nabbed by narcotic officers on patrol on the route same day.
He also said although the pictures of the arrest of Kotri in uniform have been trending on social media since Wednesday, the agency wishes to disclaim such because the suspect has not been confirmed to be a serving military personnel.
Also, another impersonator, Dada Adekunle, was arrested along with his 60-year-old accomplice, Usman Isa, in Abaji area of FCT with 15.843kg Cannabis, while 20kg of the same drug was seized from Alfred Aminu who was intercepted at Gwagwalada same day.
The NDLEA also said: “in Plateau a commercial DAF truck with registration number GME 874 YX, coming from Onitsha, Anambra State to Mubi, Adamawa State was intercepted on Tuesday December 28 along Jos-Bauchi Road.
“Upon search, 7.8kg of 225mg Tramadol was recovered. Also on thesame day, in Yauri area of Bauchi state, operatives arrested Shaft’atu Abubakar with 174 kilograms of cannabis and 2.1kg Diazepam, while a suspected bandit, Usman Sani was arrested in Dan-Anacha town, Gasol LGA, Taraba with two pistols and ammunition.”
While reacting to the arrests, chairman/chief executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd), 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.