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One week after bail, nursing mother arrested for smuggling ‘skunk’ into NDLEA cell, rearrested for drug-related offense

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Barely a week after a nursing mother, Mariam Dirisu, was released on bail for attempting to smuggle skunk into the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA cell for a detainee, the same woman was arrested again by the agency for another drug-related offense.

The spokesman for NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that she was arrested on Saturday for placing orders for drugs to be delivered to her from Lagos even while still on bail for the earlier offence.

“A nursing mother who claims to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, Mariam Dirisu had earlier been arrested for trafficking in 5kg skunk and 8.1grams of Molly.

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“She was arrested barely a week after she was granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in cassava flour meal called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for a suspect.

“The 35-year-old mother of a two-month-old baby was first arrested on October 21 by the Edo Command of the agency,” he stated.

Mr Babafemi quoted the chairman of NDLEA, Buba Marwa, as directing that the suspect be counselled and released immediately because of the young baby she was carrying.

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