Jos - The Plateau Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), announced in Jos on Friday that it had impounded a truck loaded with about 72.3 Kg of cannabis.
Dr. Ngozi Madubuike, the NDLEA commandant, told newsmen that the truck was loaded with about 400 bags of Dangote sugar from Lagos to Jos, but took in the weeds (Indian hemp) at Owo, in Ogun State.
``We kept monitoring the movement of the truck right from the point it loaded the illicit weeds at Owo on Wednesday, until it arrived Jos today (Friday).
``We received the information that the truck will be coming in and my men kept monitoring its movement. Along the way, we lost its where about, and that was when it loaded the cannabis.
“This is what most of these truck drivers usually do; they will go to a company and load goods, but along the way, they will add up some of these prohibited drugs which they consider an additional income.
``What some of these truck drivers are ignorant of, is the fact there is a law prohibiting the use of vehicles in transporting prohibited drugs, so the driver and his conductor are considered accomplices,’’ Madubuike said.
The commandant alleged that the truck had initially loaded 60 bags of of the weeds at Owo, and on its arrival in Plateau, off loaded 54 bags at Bukuru.
``The remaining six bags were to be off loaded at the terminus market when luck ran out of them.''
Madubuike said that her officers were as yet to ascertain the whereabouts of the 54 bags of weeds off loaded at Bukuru, but added that the owner of the remaining six bags, one Mr Augustine Ibua, from Delta State, a resident of Shendam town in Plateau, has also been arrested.
On whether the owner of the 400 bags of sugar would be handed over his goods, the commandant said it would depend on the conclusions after investigation.
``If he is exonerated and found not liable at all, we will have no issues with him, but for now, no one can say he is ignorant of the crime.
She explained that the minimum penalty for convicted culprits would be life imprisonment, and promised that the suspects would soon be charged to court immediately.
Madubuike applauded her officers for a job well done, and advised youths against consuming hard drugs.
She noted that drug consumption had done much harm to most youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the driver of the truck, Mr zugumna Dauda, and his conductor, Mr Isaac Gai, were youths between the ages 20 and 30.