The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a truck driver with 1,126.9 kg of Indian hemp with a street value of N5m.
The truck driver, Ismaila Abdulahi, was arrested on Wednesday with the illicit drugs concealed in 100 bags.
The commander of the agency, Alhaji Idris Bello, who paraded the suspects yesterday said Abdullahi who claimed to be conveying 100 bags of the illicit drug from Uromi in Edo State to Kaduna for one Ibrahim, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday near Kabba-Junction on Lokoja-Abuja highway.
The driver, according to Bello, attracted the attention of an NDLEA patrol team when he took a U-Turn on the highway in a bid to escape with the drugs having been tipped off by a Volkswagen Sharon space bus driver ahead of him.
The NDLEA commander said Abdullahi and his passenger later abandoned the vehicle and ran into the bush when they could no longer cope with the hot pursuit from the NDLEA operatives but he (the driver) was caught while the passenger escaped.
Speaking with journalists, the suspect (Abdullahi) said he had been doing business with Ibrahim for long but regretted that (Ibrahim) played a fast one on him this time around.
He added that Ibrahim promised to pay him N250,000 on the successful delivery of the “weeds” to its destination in Kaduna and gave him an advance payment of N20,000 for fuelling.
Also paraded was Saidu Mohammed Bello alias “Wazobia”, a drug seller at Koton-Karfe market, arrested with 9kg of cannabis on August 4.
He said he was into the cannabis business to raise money for his ambition to contest the governorship seat of Kogi State.
On what would become of his ambition now that he had been caught, Wazobia, said he was not happy that it turned out this way but was still hopeful adding, “If it is the will of God, I will still make it.”
Also paraded was Osuporu Wale from Offa in Kwara State, arrested with 200 grams of cannabis on July 31, at Zango-Ofere and Wale Adebisi, an apprentice tailor, arrested with 7 kg of cannabis on August 7, at Akutupa all in the Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state.
The NDLEA commander appealed to the state government to assist the command with logistics especially vehicles to carry out the task of ridding the society free of illicit drugs while urging community vigilance groups to assist the agency with information.