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NDLEA arrests Queen of drug cartel in Taraba

NDLEA intercepts tons of Tramadol, cannabis in 5 states
Written by Maritime First

… Seizes 1,399kg of hard drugs in Kaduna; seals shop, 4 houses***

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested a notorious queen of the drug cartel, Lami Rigima, who is supplying psychoactive substances to traffickers in Taraba.

The NDLEA Spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that NDLEA operatives made the arrest months after being on the wanted list.

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Babafemi said that the 40-year-old came under the anti-narcotic agency’s searchlight when a number of traffickers arrested in the state in 2021 and early this year fingered her as their supplier.

He said that the manhunt for Lami paid off on Monday, April 4, when operatives tracked her to her hideout in Iware village in Ardo Kola Local Government area of Taraba.

According to him, the search for Lami began in October 2021 following the arrest, prosecution and conviction of a 50-year drug dealer, Abdullahi Madaki.

“After serving his brief jail sentence, Madaki returned to the illicit trade with Lami still as his supplier.

“He was, however, rearrested on Feb. 13, while another trafficker, Jamilu Hassan, 20, who is also a member of Lami’s supply chain, was nabbed on Feb. 24,” he said.

In another development, Babafemi said that operatives of NDLEA arrested a cross-border drug trafficker, Emeka Okiru, 40, with 32,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg under the brand name: Royal and Tramaking in Adamawa.

Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested at Garden city, Mubi, Mubi North LGA, on Tuesday, April 5, while preparing to supply his customers who came from the Republic of Cameroon.

He said that the drugs were found concealed in cartons of paintbrushes.

In the same vein, in Oyo state, different quantities of Cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis were recovered from four suspects: Adetola Tosin; Akeem Kazeem; Korede Ahmed, and Abdulgafar Nureni.

The suspects were arrested in Omi-Adio, Ido LGA, Oje area of Ibadan North LGA; Iwo Road, Ibadan North East LGA, and Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North West LGA.

“This was achieved when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday, April 5.

“At least, 172 kilograms of cannabis was recovered from two suspects: Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in the Kamba area of Kebbi state on Monday, April 4 by NDLEA operatives, ” he said.

Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the Taraba, Adamawa, Kebbi and Oyo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts.

Marwa urged officers in all commands to sustain the tempo of action against the drug cartels in every part of the country.

In the same vein, the NDLEA made a haul of 1,399kg of drugs in Kaduna in March.

It sealed a shop and four houses in the process.

Commander of the NDLEA in the state, Mr Umar Adoro, gave the breakdown of drugs seized as 997.121kg of Indian hemp and 342.329kg of other psychotropic substances.

Others were 0.027kg of cocaine, 0.036kg of heroin and 59.382kg of Tramadol.

Adoro told the newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday that three of the houses sealed are located at the Rigacikun area of the state.

The fourth, he said, was sealed at the Anguwan Maigero area.

Drug peddling, trafficking and misuse had become prevalent in the two areas, he said.

The commander also told newsmen that 117 suspects, including two females, were arrested during the raids.

The Command recovered two locally-made guns, seven cartridges, two ammunitions and 100,000 counterfeit dollars during the March operations, he said.

Adoro also told newsmen that eight notorious drugs joints in the two areas were destroyed during the operations.

He urged the public to be watchful of the movement of suspected goods in their communities and to provide useful information to the agency to curtail the influx and consumption of hard drugs.

He also appealed to parents to be watchful of their wards’ activities.

Adoro reassured the public of the agency’s commitment to eradicate the use of illegal drugs in society.



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