Codeine dealer caught in Katsina on the first day he returned back to business after leaving it for 3 years
– Nura Aliyu, has been arrested in Katsina state for possession of six cartons of suspected codeine syrup
– The suspected drug dealer also confessed that he had left the business for three years only to return it recently
– He, however, claimed he regretted his actions
A fake pharmacist and drug dealer, Nura Aliyu, has been arrested in Katsina state for possession of six cartons of suspected codeine syrup and about 142 empty packs.
This comes barely weeks after the federal government banned the prescriptive drug.
Vanguard reports that the 30- year-old drug dealer was paraded at the Katsina state police command headquarters on Wednesday, June 13, alongside six cartons equivalent to 300 bottles and 142 empty packs and the vehicle he used to convey the banned items.
Mohammed Wakili, the state commissioner of police while parading the suspect said Aliyu was arrested along Senator Abba Ali Road by Mohd Dikko Stadium.
Wakili who was represented by the police public relations officer, DSP Gambo Isah, said:
“He was stopped and during Police search, this quantum of syrup suspected to be codeine was recovered in his vehicle.
“The suspect has confessed to have been in the business of drug trafficking and distributing to other members of his drug syndicate and consumers alike.
“He is helping us in our investigation towards arresting other members of his gang. Suspect will be arraigned in court immediately investigation is completed.”
Aliyu on his part said he regretted his actions.
“I regret my actions. I have stopped the business some three years back. It was only yesterday that I went back to it and I was arrested.
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“We give it out wholesale in my shop. I have a chemist in Tsohon Tasha. People come inside the town to buy from my shop. They are mostly men. The empty packs are the ones they bought and went with it.”
When he was asked if he was trained as a pharmacist, he said: “I attended polytechnic in Kano. Before then I only have knowledge of medicine, but I didn’t study the course. I have certificate of patient medicine store,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that few days after the federal government placed a ban on the use of codeine in the country, a research study revealed that about 30,000 bottles of codeine made of cough syrup are consumed daily in Niger state.
The research carried out by the Development Initiative of West Africa (DIWA) also revealed that about three million in Nigeria consume this product in order to make themselves high, the Nation reports.
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