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A suspected fake soldier, Hayatu Galadima, and his accomplice, Hamisu Adamu, have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while conveying drugs, ammunition and communication equipment to bandits in Kaduna.
The duo was arrested by a patrol team of NDLEA officers along Gwagwalada expressway, Abuja on Friday and items recovered from them include 21 RLA 7.45mm ammunition concealed in a water bottle; 16 packs of new two-way radio (Walkie talkie); four army coloured head masks; wallet containing army ID card, 1USD, 2 FCMB, 1 First Bank, 1 Ecobank, 1 UBA, 1 Skye Bank ATM cards; wraps of cannabis sativa; tablets of tramadol; three MTN, two 9mobile and one Airtel sim cards packs; one iPhone 12 pro; one Samsung A31; and one Nokia phones; seven NA pass letters; five handbags and one Bagco bag containing personal belongings, as well as a gallon of palm oil.
While Hayatu Galadima claimed to be a Lance Corporal serving in Ibadan, they both said they were taking the exhibits to Kaduna and Kano.
Preliminary investigation, however, indicated that the suspects may have contacts with bandits in the North-West and were possibly moving the ammunition and the two-way radios to bandits who are presently excommunicated due to the suspension of telecommunications services in Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states.
A statement by the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), has directed the FCT Command of the agency, which made the arrest to transfer the suspects to authorities of the Nigerian Army and another intelligence agency, which had earlier placed the two men on its watch list for further investigation.
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