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NDLEA arrests policeman for ‘supplying Tramadol’ to Boko Haram insurgents

Valentine Chinyem

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confirmed the arrest of a policeman for supplying 59kg of tramadol to Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno state.

Reuben Apeh, commander of the agency in Yobe, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, on Tuesday.

He said the policeman was arrested alongside a “drug trafficker” on November 7. Apeh said the the suspect has confessed to buying the substance from a customs officer in Lagos.

“He confessed hiring the policeman to convey the drugs to Maiduguri before proceeding to Gwoza to supply suspected terrorists,” he said.

“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.”

Distribution or sale of tramadol remain a crime in Nigeria, following its ban some months ago.