The Kogi State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the arrest of a police corporal with 5.1kg of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa, known as Indian Hemp. The command also said it had seized over 2,020kg of the suspected substance this year.
This was made known by the state commander of the NDLEA in Kogi, Alhaji Idris Bello, while he was speaking with newsmen in Lokoja. According to Bello, the suspected policeman was a serving corporal and was arrested in a Peugeot J5 bus with a sack and black polythene bag full of the suspected substance weighing 5.1 kg. The suspect (name withheld) was reported to be on a special assignment in Damaturu, Yobe State.
Alhaji Bello said his officers, who were on patrol on Lokoja-Abuja highway on February 19, also arrested one Tajudeen Yakubu with 16 wraps of suspected drug weighing 10.2 kg in black polythene bags. According to him, the wraps were concealed in the rear bumper and compartments of a Volkswagen Golf car with registration number: Edo AU 285 USL.
Yet another suspect, Laide Salau, a motor mechanic, he said, was arrested on February 23 while boarding a light green Toyota Hiace bus marked Delta KA 702 URA, carrying 70 bags and three black polythene bags of the dried Indian hemp weighing 520.9kg. This was just as one Yakubu Salau was caught by the Nigerian Army patrol team and handed over to the NDLEA, as he was apprehended with six bags of the substance weighing 39.3 kg.