Army Hands over 124 Bags of Suspected Indian Hemp to NDLEA

Army Hands over 124 Bags of Suspected Indian Hemp to NDLEA

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).

Army Hands over 124 Bags of Suspected Indian Hemp to 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

31.

Aderanti told newsmen that the bags of cannabis were

registration number, XB 572 BLD by troops conducting check on vehicles at

Abaji.

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

N100,000.

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

N200,000.

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

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