NDLEA busts pre-wedding drug abuse competition, arrests groom, 25 others in Katsina

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that its officers acting on intelligence disrupted a pre-wedding ceremony drug abuse competition in a Katsina community and arrested 25 participating youths.

The NDLEA said that the groom, who organised the party, was arrested at a later date following a manhunt for him.

Director, Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a Sunday statement in Abuja.

He said that the drug party took place in a community popularly known as Shola Quarters.

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“Operatives swooped on the suspects while they were busy taking turns abusing all sorts of illicit substances including a mixture of multiple drugs mixed in a plastic bucket.

“Though the groom, Musa Gwandi who organised the drug party along with his friends was not at the venue at the time the 25 others were arrested, he was however nabbed on Sunday 3rd December following a manhunt for him,” the anti-narcotics agency said.

Meanwhile, Babafemi said that in Kogi state, a 20-year-old Adamu Nuhu was arrested on Monday 3rd December along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway while coming from Onitsha, Anambra enroute Kaduna with 2,700 ampoules of pentazocine injection; 11,900 pills of tramadol 225mg and 100mg as well as 124,000 tablets of diazepam.

“In Borno state, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 81,975 pills of tramadol from three suspects: Mohammed Abubakar, 25; and Hassan Mohammed, 25, both in Response Area, Bayo town while Suleman Hamidu, 27, was nabbed by soldiers on a follow up operation in Mubi town, Adamawa state.

“While Taye Ali, 43, and Okon Peter, 60 were arrested with 97kg cannabis at Kanisuru, Ipele area of Ondo state on Saturday 9th December, Nnabuke Christian, 29, was nabbed with 46,000 tabs of diazepam, 4,900 pills of tramadol and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection at Gwagwalada area of the FCT Abuja.

“The suspect admitted that the consignment was for onward supply to illegal miners at Sabongarin Doguwa in Kano State,” Babafemi said.

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