Two suspects, Abdul Abubakar Mohammed and Ibrahim Mustapha have been nabbed with 2.927kg of cocaine, by operatives of the Kano state National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Commander, Ibrahim Abdul paraded the suspects before newsmen on Saturday in Kano.
According to him, luck ran out for the suspects after his men trailed them to a hotel along Katsina Road, in Fage Local Government Area of the state after two months of investigation
Abdul stated that the command’s shift from reactive to proactive investigative methods led to the successful arrest of the suspects whom he said have already started swallowing the parcels before taking off to Sudan from where they will continue their journey to Saudi Arabia through the sea.
“We have adopted proactive methods for effective policing and investigations as it relates to drugs. We have been on the trail of the suspects for the past two months after intelligence gathering by our vigilant officers.
“You are all aware of the recent execution of a Nigerian as well as arrests by the Saudi Arabian authorities for drug trafficking yet, these people are not deterred from the illegal business.”
Abdul further disclosed that in the period under review, 50 hotspots were dislodged within and outside the state’s metropolis during which drugs such as Cannabis Sativa measuring up to 250kg, 560kg of Tramadol, 24kg of Khat were confiscated which brings the total of illicit drug impounded to 836.927kg.
The two suspects, while speaking with newsmen, said that they hail from Maiduguri and are both business men who deal in caps and kolanuts respectively but lost their sources of livelihood due to Boko Haram insurgency.
Abdul also disclosed that “ our officers while on a stop and search operation, arrested a four man gang carrying a pistol while on their way to Funtuwa. Investigations are still ongoing and would be handed over to the relevant authorities for further investigation and prosecution.”
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