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NDLEA Apprehends The Queen Of A Drug Cartel In Taraba

NDLEA Apprehends The Queen Of A Drug Cartel In Taraba 

According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), it has apprehended Lami Rigima, a prominent drug cartel queen who is delivering psychoactive chemicals to Taraba traffickers.

News Agency of Nigeria

Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman, said in an Abuja statement on Wednesday that NDLEA operatives made the arrest months after being on the wanted list.

According to Babafemi, the 40-year-old came under the anti-narcotics agency’s radar after a number of traffickers captured in the state in 2021 and early this year identified her as their supply.

He stated that the quest for Lami was successful on Monday, April 4, when operatives tracked her down to her hiding in Iware village in Taraba’s Ardo Kola Local Government Area.

According to him, the hunt for Lami began in October 2021, following the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of Abdullahi Madaki, a 50-year drug trader.

“After serving his brief jail sentence, Madaki returned to the illicit trade with Lami still as his supplier.

“He was, however, rearrested on Feb. 13, while another trafficker, Jamilu Hassan, 20, who is also a member of Lami’s supply chain, was nabbed on Feb. 24,” he said.

NDLEA agents seized a cross-border drug trafficker, Emeka Okiru, 40, with 32,700 Tramadol 225mg pills under the brand names Royal and Tramaking in Adamawa, according to Babafemi.

According to Babafemi, the suspect was apprehended on Tuesday, April 5, while prepared to supply his customers from the Republic of Cameroon at Garden City, Mubi, Mubi North LGA.

He said that the narcotics were discovered hidden in paintbrush boxes.
In a similar vein, four suspects in Oyo state were found with various amounts of cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis: Adetola Tosin, Akeem Kazeem, Korede Ahmed, and Abdulgafar Nureni.

The suspects were apprehended at Omi-Adio, Ido LGA, Oje area of Ibadan North LGA, Iwo Road, Ibadan North East LGA, Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North West LGA, and Iwo Road, Ibadan North East LGA.

“This was achieved when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday April 5.

“At least, 172 kilograms of cannabis was recovered from two suspects: Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in Kamba area of Kebbi state on Monday April 4 by NDLEA operatives, ” he said.

The Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, was described by Babafemi as commending the officers and men of the Agency’s Taraba, Adamawa, Kebbi, and Oyo state commands for their efforts.

Marwa ordered police in all commands to keep up the pressure on drug gangs in all parts of the nation.

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