NDLEA Arrest Fake Security Officers With 427kg Drugs In Borno

NDLEA Arrest Fake Security Officers With 427kg Drugs In Borno

By HASSAN JIRGI, Maiduguri

Three drug traffickers in uniforms of security agencies have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with over 427 kilograms of illicit drugs in Borno state.

A statement on Thursday by the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, which was made available to newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, said the drug traffickers were apparently fake security operatives and dressed in uniform to escape scrutiny.

According to him one of the arrested fake security personnel, Yakubu Kotri, who impersonated as a military officer and was arrested on Wednesday, while driving a golf car loaded with Cannabis Sativa weighing 208 kilograms on his way to Bama, in 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.

He said: “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 to be a serving military personnel.

Statement added that on Tuesday in Yauri area of Bauchi state, operatives arrested one Shaft’atu Abubakar with 174 kilogrammes of cannabis and 2.1 kilogrammes Diazepam.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of Borno state commands for their vigilance.

He therefore 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.