The Anti – Drug Agency , the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said it has in its custody a suspected fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu.
They were said to be in possession of hard drugs, ammunition and communication equipment suspected to be for use by bandits in Kaduna State.
NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja that the duo were arrested around Gwagwalada, on the outskirts of Abuja on Thursday, September 30.
Babafemi stated that items recovered from the suspects included 21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in a water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radio (walkie-talkie); four army-coloured head masks and a wallet containing an army identity card.
He also said that the suspects had in their possession ATM cards issued by FCMB, First Bank, ECO Bank, UBA, Skye Bank and one U.S. dollar. Further, Indian hemp, tablets of tramadol, three MTN, two 9mobile and one Airtel SIM card packs and one iPhone 12 pro cell phone were recovered from them.
“Others include one Samsung A31, one Nokia phone, seven Nigerian Army pass letters, five handbags and one “Bagco’’ bag containing personal belongings, as well as a gallon of palm oil.
Galadima, claimed he is an army Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, and that they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano, Babafemi stated.
NDLEA preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects may have contact with bandits in the North-Western parts of the country.
Babafemi stated that the suspects were possibly moving the ammunition and the two-way radios to bandits who were presently disconnected due to the suspension of telecommunications services in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states.
Babafemi quoted the NDLEA Chairman, retired Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd), to have directed the FCT Command of the agency, which made the arrest, to transfer the suspects to relevant authorities for further investigation.
This, he said included the Nigerian Army and another intelligence agency which had earlier placed the two men on their watch list, for further investigation.