Abubakar Ibrahim, village head of Gidan Abba in Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State was among the 11 suspects arrested by operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 991,320 pills of pharmaceutical opioids and 1,251kg of cannabis while trying to board a plane to Spain.
They were intercepted at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with other illicit materials, including 46.637 kg of methamphetamine, 15 cartons of tramadol heroin and cocaine, according to the anti-drug agency.
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy of the agency said on Sunday that other suspects arrested are from Adamawa, Kogi, Ondo, Lagos and Abuja.
When reacting to the arrests, the Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, commended the officers of the agency and charged them to remain steadfast and upright all the time.
He said the agency will ensure it delivers the national assignment to clear Nigerian forests and communities of illicit drugs in whatever form.
Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances subject to drug prohibition laws.
Nigeria is a transit point for heroin and cocaine intended for European, East Asian, and North American markets, according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).
Since 2004 drug traffickers have been increasingly using West African countries, including Nigeria, for smuggling large amounts of cocaine from South America into Europe and North America.