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Nigerian 'super cop' arrested in drug cartel case

A highly decorated police officer in Nigeria has been arrested following accusations he belongs to an international drugs cartel, police say.

Officials say Mr Kyari asked a colleague to help him siphon off part of a cocaine haul.

They say he was caught on camera handing over $61,400 (£45,400) in cash.

He has not yet commented on the allegations.

Mr Kyari's arrest came hours after Nigeria's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) declared him a wanted man, accusing him of being "a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline".

He was arrested on Monday along with four other officers - Sunday Ubuah, Bawa James, Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu - following a "high-level discreet" investigation, a police statement said. It added that one other officer - John Umoru - remained "at large".

As part of its investigations, Nigerian police also said a number of anti-drugs officers at the international airport of the south-eastern city of Enugu were found to be "on the payroll" of the same cartel Mr Kyari is accused of working for.


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