Operatives from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended three visually impaired individuals involved in an illicit drug network that spans from Lagos to Kano.
According to a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, the agency’s spokesperson, one more visually impaired member of the syndicate remains at large.
Babafemi explained that the investigation began with the arrest of a visually impaired suspect named Adamu Hassan, aged 40, who was found in possession of 12 kilograms of skunk along the Gwagwalada Expressway in Abuja. He was en route from Lagos to Kano on the 28th of October. Subsequent inquiries revealed that he had no knowledge of the contents of the bag he had been asked to transport to Kano.
“Follow-up operations led to the capture of the leader of the syndicate, Bello Abubakar, aged 45, who is also visually impaired. Bello, who is married with five children, confessed to having resided in Lagos for 30 years and getting involved in the illegal drug trade for the past five years,” said Babafemi.
The statement added that another suspect, Muktar Abubakar, aged 59, who is also visually impaired, has lived in Lagos for 40 years and is married to three wives with 14 children. Muktar Abubakar and Bello Abubakar jointly own the illegal drug business. The third suspect, Akilu Amadu, aged 25, who is also visually impaired, contributes funds to the criminal enterprise and was the one who delivered the consignment to Adamu at a motor park in Lagos for transportation to Kano. Another visually impaired suspect, Mallam Aminu, who was expected to receive the consignment in Kano, is currently evading capture.