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How NDLEA Impounded Three Cannabis-laden Vehicles In Ogun

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

Two purposely-built bullion vans and a Ford bus loaded with sacks and parcels of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp, have been impounded by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ogun State command.

The bullion vans, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands, with registration number FKJ 731 XQ and LSR 837 XR, respectively, were impounded at Ijebu Igbo area of the state, where the suspects who were transporting the consignments, had abandoned them when the NDLEA operatives closed in on them.

However, the owner of the Ford bus, with number plate SMK 707 XF was arrested at Ilara, Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of the state, together with the illicit content of the bus, a brand of Indian Hemp tagged ‘skunk’, widely considered to be more dangerous than the normal hemp.

The Ogun State Commander of NDLEA, Mr. Bala Fagge, while briefing journalists about the arrest and seizure, said, “drug dealers and traffickers had become more daring, more innovative and now move across the borders”.

He said the suspect, Ismail Adeoyo, who had been arrested in connection with illicit drug found in the Ford bus had confessed that he brought the consignment from the neighbouring Republic of Benin.

The 38-year-old suspect who claimed he hailed from Ibadan said that he had made three trips in recent times.

The parcels of the illicit drug inside the bus were cleverly hidden inside a false compartment built by the suspect for such concealment.

The state NDLEA boss said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday and would be charged to court accordingly.

Concerning the bullion vans, Fagge said it took a lot of intelligence to foil the plan of the drug dealers, adding that there was no way anyone could have suspected that such utility vehicles were being used to carry illicit drugs.

“One could have waved on such bullion vans if one had seen them on the road. No one would have thought that bags of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) could be hidden inside the vans.


“The bullion vans were abandoned by drug dealers at Ijebu Igbo. And in the border area at Ilara, Imeko Afon, we had made about five arrests in one month.” He explained.

Fagge, giving the account of the command’s activities between January and October this year, said it had arrested 173 suspects, made up of 161 males and 12 females.

He further said that a seizure of 3,435.168 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) was made, while that of psychotropic substance was 41.933 kilogrammes.

He said, “We also made seizure of Cocaine totalling 104 grammes, while we had secured 32 convictions and we have 16 cases pending in court.”

Fagge said that despite the logistics challenge confronting the command, it would continue to work in partnership with other sister security agencies in the state to stem the wave of drug dealing and trafficking in the state.

He said, “This new mode of concealment of drugs will require that all hands must be on deck to stop the drug dealers and traffickers in their tracks.

“All the three tiers of government and all well meaning Nigerians must be involved. In the meantime, I want to warn drug dealers and traffickers to leave Ogun State.

“Investigations are on to arrest the owners of the abandoned bullion vans.”