Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a notorious queen of a drug cartel, Lami Mai Rigima, supplying psychoactive substances to traffickers in Taraba State, months after being on their wanted list.
The 40-year-old came under the anti-narcotic agency’s searchlight when some traffickers arrested in the state in 2021 and early this year fingered her as their supplier.
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Spokesman of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the manhunt for Lami paid off on Monday 4th April when operatives tracked her to her hideout in Iware village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba.
“The search for Lami began in October 2021 following the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of a drug dealer, Abdullahi Madaki, 50. After serving his brief jail sentence, Madaki returned to the illicit trade with Lami still as his supplier.
“He was however re-arrested on 13th February while another trafficker, Jamilu Hassan, 20, who is also a member of Lami’s supply chain, was nabbed on 24th February,” Babafemi said.
In Oyo state, different quantities of Cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis were recovered from four suspects: Adetola Tosin; Akeem Kazeem; Korede Ahmed, and Abdulgafar Nureni who were arrested in Omi-Adio, Ido LGA; Oje area of Ibadan North LGA; Iwo Road, Ibadan North East LGA, and Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North West LGA, when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday 5th April.
At least, 172kgs of cannabis was recovered from the two suspects: Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in the Kamba area of Kebbi state on Monday 4th April by NDLEA operatives.