Saturday 5 June 2021

I was paid N50,000 to transport hard drugs to Boko Haram — 25-year-old suspect

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos State, has intercepted a total of 34,950 capsules of Tramadol and Diazepam suspected to be heading to 

insurgents’ camps in Borno State.

Speaking on Saturday, June 4, in Abuja, spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said that a 25-year-old Mohammed Isah, recruited to move the drugs from Lagos to Borno was arrested on Tuesday June 1, 2021, at SD Motors park, Agege, Lagos State.

He said that Isah was arrested with 12,390 capsules of Tramadol weighing 4.8kg and 22,560 tablets of Diazepam weighing 14kg, bringing the total weight of the exhibits to 18.8kg. The suspect, who’s a bus driver in Lagos said one Kakali Abubakar paid him N50,000 to transport the drugs to Maiduguri. 

He said Kakali advised him to either board a Tanker or Trailer from Lagos to Maiduguri to avoid being caught and that though he agreed, he later opted to travelled in a bus operated by SD Motors from Lagos to Kano and then take another vehicle to Maiduguri.

“The suspect claims he accepted the offer because of the monetary benefit due to pressure on his finances as his wife and three children displaced by Boko Haram activities are currently in a refugee camp in Maiduguri,” Babafemi said.

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