Temitope Felix – The Sokoto State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested a suspected drug dealer, Umar Mohammed, the Village Head of Ruga in the Shagari Local Government Area of the state.


Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, in Sokoto, the NDLEA Commander in the state, Adamu Iro, said the suspect was arrested following an intelligence-driven investigation by the command.


Iro said the suspect, who is a traditional title holder has been on the suspects’ list of the command for a long period of time.


He said: “Earlier, we arrested his wife in possession of a large amount of illicit drugs, but we released her following an investigation that the items belonged to the husband.


“So, Alhamdulillah, on Monday, we have been able to nan him and we found 436.381 kg of Cannabis Sativa and 1 kg of Diazepam at his residence.”


He added that the suspect had since admitted to the offence and informed the command of being in the business for a long period of time.


Iro said the command would ensure a proper, but speedy investigation of the matter in order to charge the suspect to court.


The commander further assured the citizens of the NDLEA’s determination to raid all traffickers’ dens and ensure that they are prosecuted accordingly.


He appealed to the general public to continue to support the agency toward achieving its mandate of ending any form of drug abuse in society.