By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
An ex-Soldier, who deserted the Army from his operational base in Borno state, has been arrested in company of one of his wives for allegedly trading in assorted hard drugs.
Identified as Ibrahim Musa, the suspect was said to have been nabbed in possession of 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam by operatives attached to Kwara state Command.
Our correspondent gathered that the duo were apprehended on Thursday 17th June, 2021 at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis when they arrived from Lagos to supply customers.
Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy of the Agency confirmed the arrest in a release on Tuesday.
Giving the narration of the arrest, he stated, “Sgt Ibrahim Musa who worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno State before he deserted the Army had arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was however arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of Kwara State Command of the Agency.
Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.
The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin”.
While reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the Edo and Kwara state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities while assuring them that he’ll continue to make their welfare a priority.