Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 702.6 kilogrammes of drugs between January and last month. A suspect admitted that selling banned drug is big business for him. He said with the proceeds, he married three wives.
The Commander, Mr. Joseph Iweajuanwa, told Crime Watch Today in Minna, that 638.87 kilogrammes of the seizure were cannabis, 11.7kilogrammes were dizapham, 23.03 kilogrammes were tranagol while 29.26 kilogrammes were cough syrup with codeine.
He said a total of 526 kilogrammes of the drugs were seized in March in Kontagora. According to the NDLEA boss, the agency secured four convictions out of the 26 suspects.
Iweanjunwa also disclosed that a suspect, Abdullahi Aliyu, is cooling his heels at the Minna headquarters of the agency over allegations of selling banned drugs. He said he resorted to dealing in drugs when his efforts to join the Army failed.
The suspect, who was arrested by NDLEA operatives, said the business has enabled him to marry three (3) wives.
He was one of the suspects allegedly dealing in chloroform, a banned substance, across Niger State. The drug variously called ‘suck and die’, ‘suku dai’ or ‘soku daiye’ is said to be used mostly by youths to make them high.
Aliyusaid he was aware that the business was illegal, but it provided him with regular money with which he takes care of his family.
“I know one day I will be caught, but I can’t leave it because that is where I got money to feed my wife and my children”
Iweanjunwa said six youths have reportedly died while inhaling the substance, pointing out that the people of Paiko went into spontaneous jubilation at the arrest of Abdullahi.
According to the NDLEA boss, 13 litres of the substance was found with the suspect who claimed that he was supplied by Yakubu Lawan, who is also in the NDLEA net over similar allegation.