Agents of the National Drug Control Agency (NDLEA) arrested a suspected bogus soldier, Hayatu Galadima and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu.
They were in possession of hard drugs, ammunition and communications equipment suspected of being used by bandits in Kaduna State.
NDLEA Media and Advocacy Director Femi Babafemi said in a statement issued Sunday in Abuja that the duo were arrested around Gwagwalada, on the outskirts of Abuja, on Thursday, September 30.
He said the items recovered from them included 21 7.45mm RLA ammunition concealed in a water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radios (walkie-talkie); four masks in the colors of the army and a wallet containing an army identity card.
Babafemi added that the duo also found ATM cards and a US dollar.
Indian hemp, tramadol tablets, three MTN SIM card packs, two 9mobiles and an Airtel and an iPhone 12 pro mobile phone were also collected there.
“Others include a Samsung A31, a Nokia phone, seven Nigerian military ID letters, five purses and a ‘Bagco’ bag containing personal effects, as well as a gallon of palm oil.
“One of the suspects, Galadima, claimed to be an army Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, and that they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano,” Babafemi said.
He said the preliminary investigation indicated that the suspects may have contact with bandits in the northwest of the country.
He said the suspects may have been transferring the ammunition and two-way radios to bandits who were currently excommunicated due to the suspension of telecommunications services in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states.
He quoted the NDLEA president, the retired brigadier general. Buba Marwa, ordering the FCT command of the agency that made the arrest, to transfer the suspects to the appropriate authorities for further investigation.
This, he said, included the Nigerian military and another intelligence agency that had previously placed the two men on their watch list, for further investigation. (NAA)