The Borno State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Wednesday that it has arrested a serving policeman and now known drug baron with 126 kilograms of Indian hemp also known as cannabis.
The Commandant, Mr Ona Ogilegwu told newsmen in Maiduguri that the suspect was arrested at Njimtilo checkpoint at the outskirts of the State capital by NDLEA agents.
He said the policeman was arrested in the process of transporting the illicit substance to Yobe State.
"The suspect, a 26-year old who gave his name as Sale Ishaku is still a serving police man in the Yobe State Police Command," he said.
Upon interrogation Mr. Ishaku said that he was being paid N5 thousand for each bag of cannabis he ferried. He admitted he was trafficking the drugs on behalf of another person but has not disclosed his identity.
Mr. Ogilegwu added that "We later discovered that he was the one trafficking in the illicit substance which he buys here and sells in Damaturu.”
"He parked his car at the airport junction where his supplier brought the consignment in a tricycle and arranged it in the boot of his vehicle for him to ferry across." he said.
Mr. Ogilegwu said that the command was still investigating his other accomplices.
"We are still going after his supplier’s in Maiduguri and Yobe States."
The NDLEA commander therefore warns drug barons to repent or face the full wrath of the law.