NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

A suspected fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA while conveying drugs, ammunition and communication equipment to bandits in Kaduna.

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NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

Director, Media & Advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, October 3, said the duo were arrested by a patrol team of NDLEA officers along Gwagwalada expressway, Abuja on Friday 30th September, 2021.

“Recovered from them include 21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radio (Walkie talkie); four army coloured 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; and tablets of tramadol,” he stated. 

NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

Other items recovered from them are simcards 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.

NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

While Hayatu Galadima claimed to be a Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, they added that they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano.

Preliminary investigation however indicates that the suspects may have contact with bandits in the North West 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.

NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the FCT Command of the Agency, which made the arrest to transfer the suspects to authorities of the Nigerian Army and another intelligence agency, which had earlier placed the two men on its watch list for further investigation.

In Rivers state, a final year student of Fine Arts and Design, University of Port Harcourt, Mario Okiwelu has been arrested for importing from the US five variants of liquid cannabis weighing 49.6grams. He was arrested through controlled delivery along with his accomplice, Precious Awuse on Monday 27th Sept, 2021 around NIPOST area, Port Harcourt.

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NDLEA intercepts fake soldier with drugs recovers cocaine hidden in Uniuyo degree certificate

In the same vein, narcotic officers attached to some courier firms in Lagos have seized different sizes of illicit drugs including 40grams of cocaine concealed in a University of Uyo degree certificate, going to Australia; 280 grams of cannabis hidden in body cream bottles going to Cyprus; 400grams of tramadol tucked in plastic bottles heading to Australia and 1kg of Methamphetamine concealed in auto parts with Hong Kong as destination.

Attempts by some traffickers to also import into Nigeria 20 cartons of khat weighing 126.900 kilograms through the NAHCO import shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, were thwarted and the consignment seized.

Similarly, on Wednesday 29th Sept, one Ibrahim Kale Sulyman was arrested during cargo search operations at SAHCO export shed and sachets of tramadol weighing 76grams concealed inside black soap heading to Dubai, UAE, recovered from him.

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Updated: October 3, 2021 — 10:33 pm

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