Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to the state Sokoto State Command have arrested a 36-year-old man, Mr. Nkem Timothy, alias Auwalu Audu for being in possession of 1.550 kg of substance believe to be cocaine.
The operatives of the agency stated that the arrest was made when the suspect was trying to cross to Algeria through Niger Republic with 62 wraps of substance neatly concealed inside yoghurt bottles.
Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi, who made these known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said according to the acting state Commander of NDLEA in Sokoto, Bamidele Segun, the suspect was intercepted on a motorcycle around the baggage area at Illela border while trying to cross to Niger Republic.
Upon interrogation, the suspect said, resides in Algeria.
“He was found with an ECOWAS passport with different name written as Auwalu Audu but he gave his real name as Nkem Timothy”, the Commander stated.
He said his men had commenced further investigation to unravel his sponsor and other members of the transborder drug cartel.
“This is a ground breaking feat for us in the Command as seizure of this magnitude of type A drug (cocaine) has never been made in Sokoto Command before”, he added.
“Meanwhile, the Adamawa state Command of the Agency has also arrested one Umar Mohammed with 82 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 70kg at Lafiya Lamurde area of Adamawa state.
“In his reaction to the seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the two Commands and charged them to remain vigilant and ensure no illict drug goes in or out of their areas of responsibility,” the statement reads.