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NDLEA has arrested three visually-impaired men operating an illicit drug ring between Lagos and Kano. A fourth equally disabled member of the gang is still at large.
NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi stated today in Abuja that the lid was blown off the group following the arrest of a visually-impaired suspect, Adamu Hassan (40), reports The Guardian.
Babafemi stated that Hassan was arrested on Oct. 28 with 12kgs of skunk in his possession on Gwagwalada Expressway in the FCT while on his way from Lagos to Kano.
He added that investigations established that he was totally oblivious of the content of the bag handed to him to deliver in Kano.
Babafemi stated also that a follow-up operation led to the arrest of the arrowhead of the syndicate, Bello Abubakar (45), also visually-impaired.
“In his statement, Abubakar, who is married and has five children said he had been living in Lagos for 30 years, but started the illicit drug business five years ago.
“Another member of the syndicate, Muktar Abubakar (59), who is equally visually-impaired, had been living in Lagos for 40 years. He has three wives and 14 children.
“Muktar Abubakar and Bello Abubakar are joint owners of the business, while the third suspect, Akilu Amadu (25), also visually-impaired, contributes money to the criminal trade.
“He was indeed the one who delivered the consignment to Hassan at the motor park in Lagos to deliver in Kano,’’ Babafemi stated.
He added that one Malam Aminu, also visually-impaired and was expected to take delivery of the consignment in Kano, was currently at large.