Jos- The Federal High Court in Jos on Monday permitted the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to destroy more than two tonnes of assorted hard drugs seized from drug dealers.
The court also permitted the agency to auction the vehicle that was caught conveying the drugs.
Delivering ruling on the application made by the agency’s counsel, Mike Kassa, the judge, Justice Ambrose Allagoa, declared that the two prayers had been granted.
The judge said NDLEA had statutory powers to seize, confiscate and also destroy all banned substances and directed the agency to act with despatch.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NDLEA had applied to the court for permission to destroy the substances that had been in its custody for sometime.
The agency also prayed the court to endorse the forfeiture of the vehicle used to convey the cannabis sativa when it was seized.
Kassa said that proceeds from the auction would be deposited into the Federal Government treasury.
NAN learnt that two persons conveying the substances abandoned the vehicle with its cargo and ran into a nearby bush when they sighted NDLEA officials.