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NDLEA Arrests Man Allegedly Supplying Drugs To Terrorists In North-central

Mohammed Rabiu Wada, a 70-year-old drug dealer was Thursday, March 25, arrested by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Niger State, North-central Nigeria for supplying Boko Haram insurgents and other terror groups with illicit drugs.

Femi Babafemi, the director, media and advocacy for the NDLEA,  in a statement on Saturday, March 27, confirmed the arrest of the drug peddler.

According to Babafemi, Wada, who is originally from Dallawa town, state of Agadez in  Niger Republic was  arrested, with 10 pallets of skunk in his possession.

He was said to have brought with him hides and skin, which he had intended to sell in Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.

“During interrogation, the suspect claimed he sold his goods for N300,000 in Lagos and used the fund to buy 10 pallets of skunk at N25,000 each,” Babafemi said in the statement.

He further explained that the suspect had been arrested in Jebba, Niger State, adding that the arrest of the drug dealer has further demonstrated the connection between drug abuse and insecurity.

“He was on his way back to Niger Republic through the Northwest where he sells drugs to bandits when he was intercepted in Jebba.”

“According to the commander, Niger State command of the NDLEA, Aloye Isaac, the arrest is a further confirmation of the nexus between drug abuse and security challenges in the country” he said.

Niger State, North-central Nigeria, has in recent times, become the epicenter of terrorist attacks in Northern Nigeria. 

The state has witnessed multiple terrorist attacks, with the year barely in its first quarter.

The frequency of the attacks has been a thing of concern to many, leaving them to wonder if the terrorists are being aided by some forces or individuals.

HumAngle had on March 5 published a report, detailing the arrest of a military personnel who was arrested alongside his partner, for supplying arms to bandits in Niger state.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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