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NDLEA nabs truck driver, assistant with 115 bags of Indian hemp worth 2.07 tons in Kebbi


NDLEA nabs truck driver, assistant with 115 bags of Indian hemp worth 2.07 tons in Kebbi

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Kebbi, has arrested a mini truck driver and his assistant with 115 bags of Cannabis Sativa worth 2.07 tons in the state.

The state Commander of the agency, Mr Peter O. Odaudu, told the newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Monday that the suspects were arrested on Sunday by men and officers of the command from Yauri, in Yauri Local Government Area of the state.

He said,”One Sunday around 5:30 pm, our men and officers in Yauri Command successfully arrested one, Aliyu Muhammad, 28, who is the driver of mini truck (Mitsubishi Kanta), with Osun State plate number : DTN 655 XA; and his assistant, Aminu Sanusi, 30.

“The suspects had originated their journey from Akure, Ondo State, to Sokoto, while concealing 115 bags of cannabis sativa, popularly known as hemp or ‘wee wee.” under different bunches of plantain.”

According to him, the suspects have revealed that the alleged owner of the illegal merchandise is in Sokoto, and they only have his phone number.

Odaudu added that they were supposed to call the suspects when they arrived in Sokoto to direct them where to off load his goods.

“This is to send a signal to drug dissidents that it is not longer going to be business as usual, and I assure you whoever is found liable, culpable will be prosecuted in Federal High Court,” he said.

The commander called on the general public to assist the command by providing useful information on unsuspecting illicit drug elements, stressing that the public’s identity would be strictly hidden and obscure.

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While interviewing the suspects, Muhammad, confessed that they had the knowledge of what was in the bags, adding that it was their destiny that driven them to undertake and agree to offer the illegal service.

“We were taking it (hemp) to Alhaji Mamman in Sokoto from Ondo State.

“We were given the goods by someone in Ondo; and he gave us the number of Mamman, whom we were suspecting was the owner of the goods.

“This is the first time we have done such an illicit transportation, and we hope God will intervene and help us so that our punishment will be lessened,” he said.

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