Three people have been arrested in Kano State on suspicion of aiding in the shipment of cocaine to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement to BANKPAWA, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the command’s spokesman, confirmed the arrest.
He stated that two of the suspects, Auwal Ishaq and Idris Sani Suleiman, had informed the police that Hajiya Sharifat Abdullahi had used their wives in order to travel together to perform pilgrimage rites with the agreement that they would convey some undisclosed substance from their link at Lagos Airport and deliver the substance to someone at the airport in Saudi Arabia.
He said, “On 11/07/2023 at about 1200hrs, one Auwal Ishaq of Kawo Quarters and Idris Sani Suleiman of Medile Quarters, Kano jointly reported to police that in June 2023, one Hajiya Sharifat Abdullahi of Kuregen Sani Hotoro, Kano contacted them to allow their wives to travel through international routes via Lagos Airport Terminal.”
“One of the complainants, Auwal Ishaq, claimed that he paid the sum of six million naira (N6,000,000:00) for his two wives; Binta Nasidi and Zulaihat Ahmed Adam, while Idris Sani Suleiman also claimed to have paid three million naira (N3,000,000:00) for his one wife, Rashida Abdullahi, on agreement for travelling together to perform Pilgrimage rites with the arrangement that they would convey some undisclosed substance in Saudi Arabia.
SP Kiyawa said both complainants had expressed worry to the police about the fact that they had been unable to get in touch with the suspects since they left Nigeria.
Later, he told police that one of the complainants had learned from a phone call from one of his wives that the four of them had been arrested by the Saudi Arabian Authority for trafficking in substance suspected to be cocaine after the conclusion of this year’s Hajj Operational activities.
According to SP Kiyawa, Hajiya Sharifat Abdullahi, the main suspect, was arrested after a thorough investigation, and the complainants’ statements were verified.
were involved in the plan and knew that their spouses would be utilized as couriers to deliver the package to a woman at the Saudi Arabian airport.
After each of Auwal’s wives gave birth, he promised them a million Nigerian naira (N1,000,000:00), and he also promised Idris Sani 150,000 naira (N150,000:00) as payment for acting as a go-between and lying about being Rashidat Abdullahi’s husband.
Hajiya Sharifat, the suspect, allegedly stated, “The two wives of one of the complainants (Auwal) were promised one million naira (N1,000,000:00) each when they were back after successful delivery, while Idris Sani was promised one Hundred and fifty thousand Naira (150,000:00) payment to him for playing a middleman role.”
According to SP Kiyawa, Hajiya Sharifat confessed to conspiring with Idris Sani Suleiman, the other complainant, to recruit individuals to work for the aforementioned Kano-based human and narcotics trafficking cartel.
He claimed that the two people who had filed complaints had now become suspects and were arrested.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) office in the state is now in charge of the investigation, according to the police spokesman.