Borno State Command of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it has arrested two men for allegedly peddling cocaine in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Dikwa, Borno State.
The Commander of the Borno State Command, Mr. Ona Ogilegwu, who confirmed this in Maiduguri on Sunday News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the agency also found other substances like cannabis sativa, rophenol and diazepam on one of the suspects, who was arrested on February 27 in the camp.
According to him, the criminal disguised himself as an officer of NDLEA in the camp, threatening to report the people to the authorities in order to sell the illicit drugs. When the NDLEA authorities discovered this, they decided to buy the hard drugs from him to confirm that he was selling the drugs.
“We apprehended him as he thought we were coming to buy in large quantity.”
One of the suspect was a 48-year-old man, Baba Haruna and other 32-year-old Aliyu Wasaram .
Ogilegwu said the authorities are also trying to investigate allegations that Mr. Haruna was also a supplier of hard drugs to the members of the Boko Haram insurgents before his displacement to the camp in Maiduguri two years ago.
He also lamented that the level of drug intake in IDPs camps are becoming alarming.
“I don’t know what is wrong with these people, but I will tell you that the level of drug intake among men and women in IDPs camps is beyond imagination.”
“We have received several reports and we have sent our men to the 28 camps in the state to mop up all nefarious activities there.”
In February, 2016, a seven-year old boy suspected to be a Boko Haram member was also arrested by the Civilian JTF in Gwange 3, Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on his way to Bomb Dalori Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp.
According to a CJTF member, Umar Bala, the suspect who was a mechanic apprentice, was arrested with an IED and some mobile phones while on his way to the camp. Bala said they stopped the boy for questioning when they observed his suspicious look, and made him confess after giving him serious beating.
The boy confessed that an unknown man asked him to bomb Dalori camp promising to reward him handsomely after the deal.