Senior Nigerian police officer arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking

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ABUJA: FEB. 15 – Nigeria’s anti-narcotics force on Monday confirmed the arrest and detention of a senior police officer who was allegedly involved in trafficking illicit drugs.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said in a statement that Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, and four others were arrested and sent to the anti-narcotics force on Monday evening in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, for further investigation.

The arrest was made a few hours after Kyari was declared wanted by the NDLEA over his alleged involvement in a 25 kg cocaine deal, the statement said.

At a press conference earlier Monday, Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the NDLEA, said the senior officer was filmed in a sting operation that revealed his involvement in the crime on Jan. 25 and was seen in the same video offering 61,400 U.S. dollars to anti-narcotics agents investigating the crime.

Responding to the allegation leveled against Kyari and his accomplices, the Nigerian police said it had established “reasonable grounds for strong suspicion that the officers involved in the operation could have been involved in some underhand and unprofessional dealings.”