NDLEA Arrests 3 Blind Members of Drug Syndicate Operating Between Lagos, Kano

NDLEA Arrests 3 Blind Members of Drug Syndicate Operating Between Lagos, Kano

  • Three blind men have been arrested by the NDLEA operatives for operating an illicit drug ring between Lagos and Kano
  • The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said another blind member of the syndicate is still at large
  • He, however, stated that the investigation revealed that 40-year-old Adamu Hassan was unaware of the content when he was arrested

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - Operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three blind members of a drug syndicate operating between Lagos and Kano state.

According to the statement published on the NDLEA website, one of the suspects, 40-year-old Adamu Hassan was arrested along Gwagwalada expressway Abuja with 12kgs of skunk on his way from Lagos to Kano on Saturday, October 28.

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NDLEA arrests blind drug dealers
3 blind members of drug syndicate arrested Photo Credit: @ndlea_nigeria
Source: Twitter

The NDLEA's director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday, November 5.

Babafemi said another blind member of the syndicate is still at large

He said Hassan was unaware of the contents of the bag handed to him to deliver in Kano.

How NDLEA arrested other members

Babafemi said the NDLEA operatives carried out a follow-up operation, where the arrowhead of the syndicate and others were arrested.

"Follow-up operations then led to the arrest of the arrowhead of the syndicate, Bello Abubakar, 45, who is also blind. In his statement, Bello who is married with five children said he has been living in Lagos for 30 years but started the illicit drug business five years ago.
"Another suspect, Muktar Abubakar, 59, who is equally blind has been living in Lagos for 40 years and married to three wives with 14 children. Both Muktar Abubakar and Bello Abubakar are joint owners of the business, while the third suspect, Akilu Amadu, 25, also blind equally contributes money to the criminal trade and was indeed the one who delivered the consignment to Adamu at the motor park in Lagos to deliver in Kano. Another blind suspect who is the expected receiver of the consignment in Kano, Mallam Aminu is currently at large.

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The photos of the blind suspects and others were shared on the NDLEA X page (formerly known as Twitter).

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NDLEA took action against a drug syndicate in Lagos State.

In a social media update, Babafemi said Mr Ifeanyi Anthony Nwokolo, a well-known businessman in Lagos, was arrested while attempting to transport illegal drugs.

It was discovered that he had concealed 86 packages of heroin in his body.

Babafemi also disclosed that three major groups involved in the distribution of opioids were apprehended, and drugs worth billions of Naira were confiscated.

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In another similar report, the anti-narcotic agency arrested a suspected trafficker, Chukwuemeka Clement.

Clement reportedly ventured into the illegal act to raise money to marry a new wife and start life afresh after spending 30 years in three foreign countries.

Acquisition, use, or possession of illegal drugs are criminalised in Nigeria; thus, section 19 of the NDLEA Act prescribes punishment ranging from 15 to 25 years imprisonment.

Source: Legit.ng

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