The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in
Yobe says it has arrested a policeman and a drug trafficker (names withheld)
for allegedly conniving and supplying 59kg of prohibited Tramadol tablets to
Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State.
NDLEA state commander, Reuben Apeh, told journalists in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested on November 7.
Mr Apeh said the drug trafficker had confessed buying
the prohibited substance from an unnamed customs officer in Lagos.
“He confessed hiring the policeman to convey the drugs
to Maiduguri before proceeding to Gwoza to supply suspected terrorists,” he
“He claimed that the drugs were part of consignments
seized by the Nigeria customs during its operations in Lagos, and were sold to
him at the cost of N6 million, while the actual market value stands at N24
“We are still working on him to provide us with the
details of the alleged customs officer and another accomplice he claimed was
based in Ijora, Lagos.
“The drugs were transported from Lagos to Jos, and handed over to the policeman for delivery to Maiduguri, where he (trafficker) will take it to suspected terrorists in Gwoza.”
Apeh added that the suspects would be charged to court
with the exhibits.
He appealed to other stakeholders and the public to collaborate with the agency in ending drug trafficking and consumption.