Kano state command of the Nigeria Police has arrested a group of drug traffickers who were bound to courier large grams of illicit drugs to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Spokesman of the Command, DSP Musa Magaji Majiya said at a media briefing on Monday said that recently an international gang of drug barons, who swallowed up to 500 grams of cocaine/heroine each and bound for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia were arrested by its operatives.
“The suspects, who were paid between N600,000 and N800, 000 per person for every trip, were arrested with cocaine sealing machine, which they use to seal the drugs, with a cellophane material and turned into capsule to ease swallowing.”
Among the eight suspects apprehended include, Dickson Emeagh, aged 56; who said he was a repentant drugs dealer, implicated by someone arrested by the police.
’”I was formerly in this business for sometime in Kano and have repented and relocated to Abuja three years ago to engage in another trade. I came for a wedding in Kano and was surprised that someone arrested by the police led them to my house, where I was arrested without any exhibit found on me but however with a sealing machine I earlier used.’’
Majia also summed up that the Command in the last three months to the end of the year 2015 confiscated assorted hard drugs, including intoxicants, with a street value of over N1.2 billion in the State.
Among the hard drugs recovered include 900 cartoons of Tramado tablets, cocaine powder, 400 kgs of Indian Hemp, over 10,000 bottles of cough syrup, including tutoline, Raphnol, Packaline, codeine, Suck and Die and rubber solution meant for patching tubes.
“The operation, code named. Operation: ‘’ Gida Gida’’ (House to house) was carried out by a crack squad of the Command where over 250 drugs retailers and addicts were apprehended at various flash points within the State capital.” Said DSP Majiya
He added that those arrested have been charged to Court for prosecution, stressing that 90 per cent of the importers/dealers are non-indigenes, while their direct target consumers/end users are youths/women, who constitute 90 per cent Kano indigenes.
The Command called on patriotic citizens, stakeholders, traditional and religious institutions, and NGOs to assist the police with relevant information on the location of drugs warehouses, peddlers activities and any other form of crime in the state for immediate action.