Alhaji Idris Bello, Commander of the agency in Kogi who addressed newsmen at the command’s office in Lokoja said 58.1 kg of weeds in 10 bags were concealed in two big bags of vegetable leaves en-route Abuja.
Bello said that men of the command on patrol at about 5am on Friday (today) on Jamata bridge intercepted a Volkswagen Sharon mini-bus marked ONDO: KAK 76 AE, over loaded with vegetable leaves including pumpkin, Ohazi and bitter leaf.
According to him, the driver said they were on their way to Abuja but the NDLEA officials got suspicious and decided to search the vehicle only to discover 10 bags of cannabis neatly concealed in two big bags of vegetables.
During interrogation, Bello said the driver, Musa Lawal who claimed ignorance of the content of the bags said the consignment belonged to one “Yello” in Isua who paid him N8,000 after negotiation to deliver the goods in Abuja.
Bello also paraded another suspect, 35-year-old Afolabi Razak who was arrested on November 30, with six bags of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa, weighing 44.4 kg by Kabba Area Command of the agency.
Razak who confessed to newsmen that he had been dealing in the illegal business said he was unemployed and needed to do the “business” to take care of himself adding that he usually purchase it from Ekiti for sale in Kabba.
Other suspects, in the mini-bus, Ugochukwu Jonathan, Amaka Ogueri and Attah Jacob all claimed ignorance of the concealed cannabis saying that they were business people engaged in sale of moi-moi leaves and vegetables to customers in Abuja.
Bello cautioned all those engaged in the illegal business to leave it and look for better and legal businesses to do and urged travelers in this yuletide period not to use the occasion to indulge in illegal activities.
“In this yuletide period, we don’t want to disturb travelers but they should not use the period to perpetrate evil thinking they can just pass with illegal drugs. Our officers will be more at alert”.