Fake soldier held with drugs, ammunition meant for bandits

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA

Cocaine hidden in degree certificate

A fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima, and a suspected accomplice, Hamisu Adamu, have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while allegedly conveying drugs, ammunition and communication equipment, among others, to bandits in Kaduna State, Agency spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement yesterday.

The suspects were arrested by a patrol team of NDLEA officers along Gwagwalada Expressway, Abuja on September 30, Babafemi said.“21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radio (walkie-talkie); four army head masks; wallet containing army ID card, 1USD, 2 FCMB, 1 First Bank, 1 Ecobank, 1 UBA, 1 Skye Bank ATM cards; wraps of cannabis sativa; tablets of tramadol; three MTN, two 9mobile and one Airtel SIM cards packs; one iPhone 12 pro; one Samsung A31; and one Nokia phones; seven NA pass letters; five handbags and one Bagco bag containing personal belongings, as well as a gallon of palm oil” were recovered from them, he said.“While Hayatu Galadima claimed to be a Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, they said they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano. Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects may have contacts with bandits in the Northwest and were possibly moving the ammunition and the two-way radios to bandits who are presently excommunicated due to the suspension of telecommunications services in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states,” Babafemi said.

Babafemi said the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa has directed the FCT Command of the Agency, which made the arrest to transfer the suspects to the Nigerian Army and another intelligence agency, which had earlier placed the two men on its watch list for further investigation.He said, “Narcotic officers attached to some courier firms in Lagos seized different sizes of illicit drugs including 40g of cocaine concealed in a University of Uyo degree certificate, going to Australia; 280g of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles going to Cyprus; 400g of tramadol tucked in plastic bottles heading to Australia and 1kg of Methamphetamine concealed in auto parts with Hong Kong as destination.”Other narcotics were also seized from various parts of the country, Babafemi said.


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