From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has announced another break through in the fight against illicit drugs with the interception of a 40- foot truck conveying Nigerian Breweries beer bottles, in Imo State, with 239 kilograms of substance suspected to be cannabis Sativa concealed inside.
The arrest which was carried out by operatives of the Imo State Command of the agency, according to a statement was carried out after a thorough search.
The statement signed by the Director Media and Advocacy of the agency, Mr. Femi Babafemi also disclosed that the men of the Ondo state Command of the Agency have arrested a 20-year-old Bidemi Timileyin with 6.12 grams of cocaine at a joint in Ajiboro community Ondo town, Ondo West local government area of the state, while other suspects escaped. Both seizures were made on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
According to the Commander, Imo state Command of NDLEA, Nse Jack, preliminary investigations revealed that the illicit substances were loaded into the truck in Benin, Edo state on its way from Idiroko, Ogun state heading to Aba in Abia state. Three suspects arrested in connection with the seizure include: the driver, Okeke Linus (34); the conductor, Bokwagh Tivfa (29) and the courier, Chidi Ofondu (60).
“On the 24th February, 2021, at about 1930hours, based on information, Imo state command intercepted a 40ft Fonton truck with registration number Lagos KJA 991 XZ, belonging to AG leventis, Aba, a transporter for Nigerian Breweries, Aba, suspected of conveying some quantities of cannabis sativa at the control bus stop, Owerri, Imo state. The truck, which had empty bottles in crates belonging to Nigerian Breweries, was taken to the command headquartres, Owerri for a thorough search. In the process, 13 big bags of dried weed suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 239kgs concealed in between the crates of empty bottles were recovered.
The truck was coming from Idiroko where they had gone to deliver products and thereafter carried empty bottles back to Aba. They stopped at Okada, Edo state on the 23rd February, 2021 where they slept over, and it was in Okada they met the courier, Chidi Ofondu, where a total of 26 bags of the suspected substance were loaded. The trio left Okada in the morning of 24th February, 2021 to Aba enroute Owerri. Thirteen (13) bags of the exhibit were dropped along the road in Imo state before they got to the control bus stop, Owerri same day where they were intercepted, the Commander explained.