Kochi: City police, on Sunday, arrested a Nigerian national from Bengaluru for allegedly supplying drugs, including MDMA, to peddlers in Kochi city.
Police recovered a fake passport as well as foreign currency from the accused, Amachukwu Okkeke, 37, a resident of Belekahalli in Bengaluru.
Okkeke was an accused in a drug case registered by Goa Narcotic Cell. However, he escaped during the trial and was in hiding in Bengaluru, police said.
Four among the five accused in the case has already been arrested, said police. Fifth accused Muhammed Shifaz is still on the run. According to police, they received information that the supplier was a Nigerian after they arrested and interrogated Ahammed Yasin, 21, and Mohammed Shahad, 22, on March 2 after recovering 21 grams of ecstasy from them.
The duo revealed that Shifaz, an Aluva resident who studies in Bengaluru, was the point of contact. They procured drug with the help of one Muhammed Riyas. Shifaz, police said, had paid Rs.40,000 to Okkeke for the contraband.
According to police, Riyas surrendered on October 7 and they found details about Okkeke from him . The accused would be produced before the court on Monday, police said.
‘Beware of online
scamsters’: Rural police on Sunday came out with a general warning for residents against scamsters who target job aspirants online. “It has come to our notice that scamsters are offering jobs abroad to dupe young professionals, especially nurses. Fake online data entry jobs are also being offered to dupe people. Beware of such scams,” warned rural police through a statement.