NDLEA Arrests Trio in Massive Drug Bust
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have made a significant breakthrough by apprehending three visually impaired individuals involved in a large-scale drug operation spanning across Lagos and Kano.
Alongside the arrests, the NDLEA also confiscated drugs worth N13 billion, including Tramadol and Codeine.
Blind Suspect’s Unwitting Involvement
Femi Babafemi, speaking on behalf of the NDLEA, explained that the illicit drug syndicate came to light when Adamu Hassan, a 40-year-old blind suspect, was caught on Saturday, October 28, while traveling from Lagos to Kano.
He was found in possession of 12 kg of skunk. Investigations revealed that Adamu was entirely unaware of the contents of the bag he was carrying, as he had been entrusted with it for delivery to Kano.
Uncovering the Syndicate’s Mastermind
Subsequent investigations led to the apprehension of Bello Abubakar, aged 45, who is also visually impaired. Bello, a married man with five children, had been residing in Lagos for three decades.
However, he confessed to venturing into the illicit drug business just five years prior.
Involvement of Co-Owners
Muktar Abubakar, a 59-year-old visually impaired individual, had been a resident of Lagos for forty years and was married to three wives, with 14 children.
The NDLEA revealed that both Muktar Abubakar and Bello Abubakar were co-owners of the drug operation, signifying their active involvement in the illicit trade.
Contributing to the Syndicate
The third suspect, 25-year-old Akilu Amadu, who is also visually impaired, played a significant role in the operation.
He contributed funds to support the illegal drug trade and was responsible for delivering the consignment to Adamu at the motor park in Lagos. The narcotics were intended for onward transportation to Kano.