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NDLEA nabs fake police officer

22 April 2013, 16:40

Bauchi - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Bauchi has arrested one Augustine Odogwu, 45, for allegedly being in possession of 108 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, popularly called India hemp.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state Commander, Mr Julius Parah, in Bauchi on Monday.

Parah said that Odogwu was arrested on March 18 in possession of the weeds that was concealed inside the boot of his car.

He said the suspect disguised himself as a police superintendent with an Identification number 1084 and was able to beat security checkpoints from Abbi in Delta to Bauchi.

``What makes this arrest spectacular is the fact that the suspect disguised himself as Superintendent of Police.

``He, indeed, conspicuously displayed a superintendent rank and uniform and a police ID card number 1084 to match,” he said.

The commander added that preliminary investigation revealed that the Delta born suspect, who resides in Ondo State, was dismissed as a police sergeant in 1993.

In a related development, one Mohammed Maiunguwa, 41, was also arrested with nine kilogrammes of cannabis sativa in Dako village of Misau Local Government Area.

The commander said that 194.23 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa was seized by the command in the first quarter of 2013.

He said that the seizure was done from 56 suspects among them one Turaki Mustapha, from Misau town, who was engaged in the sales of drugs for many years.

However, Odogwu expressed regrets over the act and begged for forgiveness from his family, church and all the people close to him for disappointing them.

Odogwu said that this would be the last time he would be involved in drug trafficking, adding that he was in the trade to make ends meet.


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