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NDLEA arrests 2 in Kogi

05 April 2013, 07:26

Lokoja - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kogi Command, said it arrested two suspects and seized 1 254,4 kg of substance suspected to be Indian hemp in the state.

The state NDLEA Commander, Alhaji Idris Bello, made the disclosure when he presented the suspects to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday.

He explained that the suspects concealed 145 bags of the substance under firewood in a Labour Mass Transit truck with the registration number Abuja XY 976 ABC.

He said the suspects and the vehicle were arrested on Lokoja-Abuja highway where the truck was intercepted by the NDLEA operatives.

Bello added that the driver of the truck refused to stop when operatives flagged him down, adding that the development prompted them to give him a chase.

The commandant further told the newsmen that the driver was eventually forced to stop and a search was conducts on the truck during which the substance was discovered.

Bello reiterated his appeal to Kogi Government and good spirited individuals to assist the agency in the area of logistics and accommodation to make its operations effective.

The truck driver said that he carried large quantity of Tiles from Abuja to Lokoja, shortly before being arrested by NDLEA officials.

He said in the course of returning to Abuja, one Andy accosted him to convey some fire woods to Abuja with a promise to pay him to pay N50 000 for the trip.

The suspect said the Andy instead took him and his co-suspect to Edo where the firewood was loaded while they were sleeping.

"We are not aware that they have loaded India Hemp until the patrol team of NDLEA  operatives stopped to search the vehicle when we got to Lokoja," he said.

Bello assured that the suspects would be prosecuted as soon as investigations were completed.



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