Police smash drug cartel in Kano, Kaduna

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Ladi Peter, Umar Saleh and Ahmad Naheed

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

A team of police detectives from Kano Police Command’s Bompai headquarters busted a high-profile drug house in Agwa Kudandan Nassarawa, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

Ladi Peter, 47, the gang’s leader, was apprehended at her home.

Her arrest led to the arrest of two top gang members: Umar Saleh, 38, of Unguwan Dosa, Kaduna North Local Government Area, and Ahmad Naheed, 36, of Nassarawa Chikun, Kaduna State.

Sixty-one bags of dried leaves presumed to be Indian hemp, two sets of military uniforms, red berets, shin guards, and a boot were seized from them.

The previous operation and arrest that resulted in the capture of the three drug dealers were carried out in Kwanar Dangora, the border town and entry point into Kano from Kaduna that police identified as one of the hot spots.

ASP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the spokesman of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Usaini Gumel confirmed the development.

He said: “Recall that on the 18th July 2023 at about 8 P. M, a team of Policemen while on Highway Surveillance Patrol along Kwanar Dangora, Kiru Local Government Area, specifically between Kaduna to Kano border town, intercepted a Golf series 3 model motor vehicle on reasonable suspicion of the vehicle being recklessly driven.

“In a quick reaction by the team, the driver was pursued while trying to escape arrest, lost driving control of the motor vehicle and the vehicle eventually somersaulted.

“The driver was then pursued and arrested, with seven bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp recovered.

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“The Commissioner of Police ordered additional vigilance for more arrests and conducting discreet investigations to get to the supply chain.

“Consequent upon compliance with the directive, sustained follow-up was intensified, coupled with community partnership and intelligence-led operations including technical support.

“Positive results of these police actions led to the results of success on 4th August, 2023 where the principal suspect, one Ladi Peter, a 47-year old female, of Agwa Kudandan Nassarawa, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State was arrested in her residence.

“A total of 61 bags of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp were recovered from her. Other exhibits include: two sets of military uniforms, red berets, sets of shin guards and a desert boat were found in her possession.

” Further to that, the accomplices Umar Saleh, 38 years old of Unguwan Dosa, Kaduna North Local Government Area and Ahmad Naheed, 36 years old of Nassarawa Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna state, were arrested and all the suspects confessed to the crime.

” The Commissioner of Police further directed the case to be transferred to the state office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano state Command for further investigation.”

However, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gumel, has strongly warned that criminals will no longer be having hiding place in Kano State except if they either repent or leave the state completely.

He called on residents to continue to pray for the state, the nation and report all ugly incidents on notice to the nearest police station, and not to be taking laws into their hands.

He hinted that the Kano police command is embarking on rigorous patrol, raids of criminal hideouts, and black spots in all black spots across the state, as the Command will sustain the tempo until the security and safety of the good people of the state are guaranteed.

“In case of emergencies, the Command can be contacted via; 08032419754, 08123821575, 08076091271, 09029292926, or log into the “NPF Rescue Me” Application available on the Play Store, through the following Online Media Platforms: Facebook: Kano State Police Command Twitter: Kano State Police Command (@KanoPoliceNG) Instagram: Kano State Police Command,” he added.

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