Kano Police Commissioner Muhammad Wakili was accused of being cheap with the truth about the arrest of 303 Tramadols cartoons. According to the state command of the National Agency for Drug Control (NDLEA), the Commission lied about its request.
The commander of the NLEA, dr. Ibrahim Abdul, blaming the state police commissioner for the arrest of 303 cartoons of alleged hard drugs, said that what the police had in custody was rather Diclofenac and not Tramadol, as stated.
The dott. Ibrahim Abdul noted that his men had arrested the same drugs sometime last month and after a laboratory test they discovered that they were things that were not harmful.
In an interview with journalists, the state commander NDLEA, dr. Ibrahim Abdul said the drug was diclofenac, which is an analgesic and not tramadol which is harmful to health and is taken by drug addicts.
According to the NDLEA, CP Wakili should have contacted the agency to see if the drug was tramadol before contacting journalists.
He explained that section 3, subsection 1 (b) of the NDLEA law, provided that the agency is the general coordinator of all drug laws in Nigeria.
The commander revealed that two weeks before the police arrested the alleged tramadol, his men on patrol took the same drug at a checkpoint, adding that they had to perform a forensic test, which revealed that it was diclofenac.
“Even after the result showed it was diclofenac, we had to do more tests in Lagos because the court does not consider the results of our tests unless it comes from a certified laboratory,” he said.
Abdul, therefore, argued that even the fact that the police had the power to make arrests, as set out in section 4 of the law on the police service, also lacked the power to prosecute drug suspects.
“When CP Wakili made the arrest, he should have handed over the suspects and the goods before turning to journalists. It happened in February when he said he had arrested two tramadol trucks. We contacted him to show him the tramadol and he said he had transferred to the NAFDAC We went to the NAFDAC only to find out that it was just anti-malaria and anti-malaria drugs.
“A box of tramadol here in Kano sells for N16 million and Wakili said he seized two trucks, so if I asked him to produce those drugs and he couldn’t produce them, then he could be accused of trial for tampering with the show.” the commander warns.
He said that there is no sacred cow in the law. Even I, if I commit a crime, would lead me to court and imprison me.
“So I ask our sister agencies to deal with us within the limits of the law.” I must congratulate them on their commitment to the fight against drug and substance abuse, but this must remain within the law, “he said.
“I also congratulate CP Wakili for his commitment in the fight against drug abuse in the state of Kano, but I will also draw his attention so that it remains within the scope of law enforcement in fulfilling his obligations,” he said. He said.
Mr. Abdul also invited the state police to desist from the judicial process before the Magistrates Court, while Section 3, subtitle 1 Q states that only NDLEA has the power to prosecute before the Federal Superior Court