Queen of Drug Cartel, Cross-Border Trafficker Arrested in Taraba, Adamawa

OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a notorious drug Cartel queen in Taraba state. Lami Mai Rigima, alleged to be the supply agent of psychoactive substances to traffickers in the state, has been on the agency’s wanted list for months.

Rigima, 40, came under the anti-narcotic agency’s searchlight when a number of traffickers arrested in the state in 2021 and early this year fingered her as their supplier. However, the manhunt for her paid off on Monday, April 4, when operatives tracked her to her hideout in Iware village in Ardo Kola council 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 rearrested on 13th February 2022 while another trafficker, Jamilu Hassan, 20, who is also a member of Lami’s supply chain, was nabbed on February 24.

In Adamawa, operatives arrested a cross border drug trafficker, Emeka Okiru, 40, with 32,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg under the brand name: Royal and Tramaking. He was arrested at Garden city, Mubi, Mubi North council area on Tuesday, April 5, while preparing to supply his customers who came from the Republic of Cameroon.

The drugs were found concealed in cartons of paintbrush.

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, council area, Oje area of Ibadan North council area, Iwo Road, Ibadan North East council area, and Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North West council area respectively, when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday, April 5.

At least, 172kg of cannabis was recovered from two suspects, Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in Kamba area of Kebbi state on Monday, April 4, by NDLEA operatives.

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