The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested three fake security agents and recovered 427kg of drugs in Borno and Abuja.
This was revealed in a statement by Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi on Thursday.
The statement said, “one Yakubu Kotri, impersonating as military personnel was arrested on Wednesday while 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 the same day.
“Although the pictures of the arrest of Yakubu Kotri in uniform have been trending on social media since Wednesday, the Agency wishes to disclaim such because the suspect has not been confirmed as a serving military personnel.
“In the same vein, another impersonator, Dada Adekunle, was on Wednesday 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.
“Meanwhile, 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 28th Dec along Jos-Bauchi Road. Upon search, 7.8kg of 225mg Tramadol was recovered. Also on Tuesday in the Yauri area of Bauchi State, operatives arrested one 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.
“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.”