The Nigerian Army on Tuesday in Abuja handed over 124 bags of suspected Indian hemp (Cannabis) it seized from separate operations to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Nigerian Army on Tuesday in Abuja handed over 124 bags of suspected Indian hemp
(Cannabis) it seized from separate operations to the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Public Relations Unit, Gen. Agui Ironsi Cantonment Abuja, also handed over a
suspect to the agency.
Lt.-Col. Adeyinka Aderanti, Commanding Officer in the
seized at a military check point at Abaji on the Abuja-Lokoja expressway on March
Aderanti told newsmen that the bags of cannabis were
registration number, XB 572 BLD by troops conducting check on vehicles at
He said 31 of the bags were seized from a J5 bus with
another J5 bus with registration number, XH 572 NSR.
Aderanti said that the other 93 were seized from
the check point and in the process, almost knocked down one of the soldiers.
According to him, the first bus jumped a queue to beat
that there was no escape route, the driver and other occupants abandoned it on
the middle of the road and ran into a nearby bush.
“The reserve troops pursued the vehicle and seeing
the culprits failed,’’ he said.
“The soldiers combed the bus but all efforts to arrest
searched, it was discovered that it was conveying bags of the weeds, adding
that the bags were covered with plantain.
He said that when the second bus was flagged down and
was arrested by the troops, claimed ignorance of the items he was conveying.
Aderanti said that the driver of the second bus, who
for him somewhere along Abaji-Abuja to receive the items.
“He claimed that the owner of the goods was waiting
them arrested did not yield any positive result.’’
“All efforts made to lure the other culprits and get
items were meant for Zaria and Abuja.
He said preliminary investigation showed that the
that he brought the items from Edo, claiming that that he did not know the
content of the bags.
The driver, who spoke through an interpreter, said
FCT Command of the NDLEA, who received the weeds, estimated each bag at
Mr. Peter Adegbe, the Public Relations Officer of the
across the border of the country, a bag could be sold for between N150,000 and
Adegbe said that when they were taken up north and
in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.
He commended the army for partnering with the agency
begin investigation into the seizure, to prosecute the suspect.
The NDLEA spokesman assured that the agency would