Army impound illicit drugs, arrest suspects in Ogun
Troops of 192 Battalion Nigerian Army operating in 81 Division have busted a suspected international drug syndicate smuggling a truck load of substance suspected to be Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) en route Sango Ota in Ogun State.
The troops, while responding to actionable intelligence on Tuesday, July 18, conducted stop-and-search operations along Ajilete Road in Yewa South Local Council of Ogun State, during which they intercepted and impounded the suspected truck without Registration number, loaded with 397 wraps of substance suspected to be Cannabis sativa
Spokesperson for the army, Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this yesterday, said preliminary investigations revealed that the illicit substances concealed in the truck were transported from Ghana through Benin Republic via Igholo-Idiroko enroute Sango Ota.
He said: “The suspects conveying the illegal drugs have been identified as Matthew Edegbe, a Benin Republic national and Joshua Dansu of Idiroko, who are currently assisting in ongoing investigations.
“Items recovered from them, include: the truck’s Registration number identified as (T 1826 LA Lagos), which was detached and concealed in the vehicle to prevent identification, an Infinix and Itel phone, one iphone, a Benin Republic National Identification card and a Driver’s license belonging to one George Benyagbe, as well as N7,000 only.
“The suspects, vehicle and exhibits have been taken into custody, pending handing over to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has commended the troops for their commitment and vigilance. He has also urged them to sustain the momentum to rid the country of criminality.”
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