A policeman has been arrested for distributing the banned tramadol to members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Yobe revealed this on Tuesday, adding it had arrested a policeman and a drug trafficker (names with held), who allegedly connived and supplied 59kg of prohibited tramadol tablets to Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State.
NDLEA state Commander, Reuben Apeh, while addressing newsmen in Damaturu, said the suspects were arrested on November 7.
Apeh said the drug trafficker had confessed to buying the prohibited substance from an unnamed Customs officer in Lagos.
“He confessed hiring the policeman to convey the drugs to Maiduguri before proceeding to Gwoza to supply suspected terrorists.
“He claimed that the drugs were part of consignments seized by the Nigerian Customs during its operations in Lagos, and were sold to him at the cost of N6m, while the actual market value was N24m.
“We are still working on him to provide us with the details of the alleged Customs officer and another accomplice he claimed was based in Ijora, Lagos.
“The drugs were transported from Lagos to Jos, and handed over to the policeman for delivery to Maiduguri, where he (trafficker ) will take it to suspected terrorists in Gwoza,” Apeh said.
He said the suspects would soon be charged to court with the exhibits.
The Commander appealed to other stakeholders and the public to collaborate with the agency in curbing the menace of drug trafficking and consumption.
Apeh also commended his personnel for their incorruptible stand and firm dedication to duty, saying “you have done the command and the agency proud.”