The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two men in Kano for planning to allegedly traffic substance suspected to be cocaine to Saudi Arabia.
Ibrahim Abdul, the Kano State NDLEA Commander, disclosed to journalists in Kano on Sunday that the two suspects: Abdul Abubakar and Ibrahim Mustapha, were caught in possession of 2.927 kilograms of the suspected substance.
According to Abdul, the suspects were caught while allegedly ingesting the substance at a hotel on Katsina road in the city.
The NDLEA commander stated that Abubakar and Mustapha, who he said had been trailed by the agency for some time, had hoped to traffic the suspected hard drugs to Saudi Arabia via Sudan.
“An onslaught on the drug barons resulted in the arrest of two suspects, Abdul Abubakar and Ibrahim Mustapha, including the seizure of 2.927kg of cocaine, also for the first time by the command,” Abdul said.
He also disclosed that the agency had also seized a numerous volume of suspected hard drugs in the month of April across the state.
Abdul said: “Within the month of April, we succeeded in seizing 836.927kg of exhibits, which includes 9.927kg of cocaine, 250kg of Cannabis Sativa, 560 kilograms of Tramadol, including a foreign drug imported from South Africa called Khat, weighing 24kg.”
This arrest is coming weeks after another Nigerian, Kudirat Afolabi, was executed by the Saudi authorities after being convicted for drug trafficking.
Currently, there are 23 Nigerians on death row in Saudi Arabia, majority of them convicted for drug trafficking.