The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two suspected drug dealers, 31-year-old Martins Ejiofor and 33-year-old Bala Mohammed with 24.450 kilograms of assorted substances meant to be delivered to Gwada, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, where bandits from a neighbouring forest buy illicit drugs.

Gwada has one of the two functional markets bordering the forest, where bandits and kidnappers hibernate in Niger State.

Drugs seized from the suspects include codeine, 7.100kg; Diazepam, 6.400kg; and Exol 5, 10.950kg.

The Kwara State NDLEA Command’s highway patrol team intercepted the consignment in a Hiace bus with number plate: Niger 14 B.40NG, belonging to Niger State Transport Authority along the Okolowo (Ilorin)-Jebba Highway on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

A statement on Wednesday by the spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said Ejiofor had travelled to Lagos with the second suspect to procure the drugs and deliver them to dealers in Gwada.

“During interrogation, he confessed that he had been arrested with over 50 kilograms of cannabis sativa and charged by the Niger State command of the agency in 2020. He completed his one-year jail term in March this year and resumed the nefarious illicit drug business,” Babafemi stated.

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