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How NDLEA Arrested Repentant Boko Haram Fighter, Traditional Ruler For Drug Peddling

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How NDLEA Arrested Repentant Boko Haram Fighter, Traditional Ruler For Drug Peddling

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the early hours of Friday, March 10, 2023, stormed Kajola forest in Kajola community, a border town between Edo and Ondo state where they destroyed three cannabis farms measuring 39.801546 hectares.

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The owner of the farms who claims to be the Ba’ale (traditional ruler) of Kajola, Akinola Adebayo, aged 35, was arrested on the farm at 2:30am, while two other suspects believed to be his workers: Arikuyeri Abdulrahman, 23 and Habibu Ologun, 25, were also nabbed in a hut near the farms.

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In the same vein, a 26-year-old Alayi Madu, who was a Boko Haram fighter for 15 years before he surrendered to the Nigerian military in 2021 was intercepted by NDLEA operatives on Thursday 9th March along Abuja-Kaduna express road with 10 kilograms of skunk, which he said he bought in Ibadan, Oyo state and was taking the consignment concealed in a sack to Maiduguri, Borno state.

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NDLEA quoted Madu as claiming to have come from Banki town, Borno State and joined the notorious terrorist organisation, in 2006 when he was nine years old.

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He said he repented and surrendered to the military in 2021, after which he underwent rehabilitation and de-radicalisation processes at Umaru Shehu rehabilitation centre, Maiduguri and Malam Sidi de-radicalization centre, Gombe before he was discharged after spending six months. Thereafter, he traveled to Ibadan, Oyo state where he worked as commercial motorcycle rider (Okada rider) before going into drug trafficking and his eventual arrest along Abuja-Kaduna express road.

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