NDLEA intercepts cocaine supplied to insurgents in North East

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kogi State command, has intercepted substances suspected to be cocaine and other hard drugs being smuggled to insurgents terrorising the North East.

It was learnt that the operatives of the command made four different interceptions and seizures in one day, beating all the concealment tactics of the couriers of the drugs and their drivers.

Parading the suspects on Friday, the state Commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Alfred Adewumi, said his men on patrol along the Abuja-Lokoja highway were able to intercept the illicit drugs, including cocaine and cannabis sativa, weighing about 1,120.36 kilogrammes.

He said some of the drugs were concealed inside charcoal sacks at the back of an open articulated vehicle while some were hidden inside grains.

He stated, “We strongly suspect that the drugs were being ferried to insurgents in the North-East.”

He said driver of the articulated vehicle in attempt to run away hit and damaged one of the patrol vehicles and injured some of the operatives while another, a blue Nissan car, fled into the bush and abandoned the car after a hot chase.

He gave the names of some of the suspects arrested as Murtala Mohammed, Mohammed Bashir, Mohammed Sani, Ukasha Musa and Abba Mukhtar.

 Bashir confessed that he sold cannabis in the North-East and pleaded for leniency.
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