Wednesday, 28 October 2015

NDLEA Arrested 106 Suspects, Seized 3,249.3kg of Indian Hemp in 10 Months – Commandant

BAGS CONTAINING 1,489KG TONNES OF SUBSTANCES SUSPECTED TO BE CANNABIS SATIVA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kogi State Command, said it arrested 106 suspects and seized 3, 249kg of Cannabis sativa also known as Indian Hemp between January and October this year.
The Agency’s State Commandant, Alhaji Idris Bello, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Lokoja, the state capital, disclosed that the command also destroyed 36 tonnes of the substance within the said period.
Parading the suspects, the Commander said that the men were arrested in connection with illegal possession of cannabis sativa and other prohibited drugs.

Bello said that 3,113.1kg of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp was seized between January and August this year, while 136.2 kg of the drug was seized from September to date.

Among the seven suspects paraded were 20-year-old Lucky Ekeinde from Uzeba in Owan West Local Government of Edo State, arrested with 189 packets of cannabis and 35-year-old Timothy Wada, from Ogane-Enugu in Dekina Local Government of Kogi, who was arrested with two wraps of cannabis and a pistol.
Bello said that the cannabis weighing 126 kg, recovered from Ekeinde, was neatly concealed in the boot of a Honda Accord marked Lagos AAA 845 CL.
The 20-year-old who claimed to be an errand boy of the owner of the car and the consignment, said the driver and ‘Oga’ escaped when they ran into the NDLEA men but he was nabbed.

Also, one Danladi Ibrahim, 30, suspected dealer in cannabis, was arrested in Idah, also in Kogi.
Abdulazeez Kassim, 22, from Kumbotso in Kano State, was also paraded with 8kg of cannabis while 35-year-old Moses Maiyaki, from Oguma in Bassa Local Government was arrested with 1 kg of the substance.

A self-acclaimed cannabis farmer, one Hassan Musa, from Ogane-Igah, Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi, who allegedly owned six plots of Indian hemp plantation at Iloko village in Ankpa LGA, was also arrested.

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