Lami Mai Rigima (popularly known as Queen of Drug) head of a cartel allegedly notorious for supplying psychoactive substances to traffickers in Taraba State, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) months after being on their wanted list.
The 40-year-old queen of the drug world came under the anti-narcotic agency’s searchlight when a number of traffickers arrested in the state in 2021 and early this year fingered her as their supplier. The manhunt for Lami paid off on Monday 4th April when operatives tracked her to her hideout in Iware Village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State.
A release by Femi Babafemi, the Agency’s Director, Media and Publicity, says the search for Lami began in October 2021 following the arrest, prosecution and conviction of a drug dealer, Abdullahi Madaki (50). After serving his brief jail sentence, Madaki returned to the illicit trade with Lami still as his supplier. He was however re-arrested on 13th February 2022 while another trafficker, Jamilu Hassan (20), who is also a member of Lamis supply chain, was nabbed on 24th February.
In a similar development, operatives of the Agency arrested a cross border drug trafficker, Emeka Okiru (40) with 32,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg under the brand name: Royal and Tramaking. He was arrested at Garden City, Mubi, Mubi North Local Government Area on Tuesday 5th April while preparing to supply his customers who came from the Republic of Cameroon. The drugs were found concealed in cartons of paintbrushes.
Also in Oyo State, different quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis were recovered from four suspects: Adetola Tosin; Akeem Kazeem; Korede Ahmed, and Abdulgafar Nureni who were arrested in Omi-Adio, Ido LGA; Oje area of Ibadan North Local Government Area; Iwo Road, Ibadan North-East Local Government Area and Sabo, Mokola, Ibadan North-West Local Government Area, when operatives raided parts of the state on Tuesday 5th April.
At least, 172 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from two suspects: Zaidu Mohammed Kamba and Hussaini Dauda in the Kamba area of Kebbi State on Monday 4th April by NDLEA operatives.