National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kogi State command, said it seized a total of 3,249.3 kg of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) and arrested 106 suspects between January and October.
Commander of the agency in the state, Alhaji Idris Bello, disclosed this in Lokoja on Monday while parading seven suspects arrested between September and October. He said the arrests were in connection with the illegal possession of cannabis sativa and other prohibited drugs.
He added that 3,113.1kg of Indian hemp were seized between January and August, while 136.2 kg were intercepted and seized from September till date.
According to him, among the seven suspects paraded was 20-year-old Lucky Ekeinde from Uzeba in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State that was arrested with 189 packages of cannabis weighing 126 kg neatly concealed in the boot of a Honda Accord car marked Lagos: AAA 845 CL.
Ekeinde claimed to be an errand boy for the owner of the car and the consignment, saying the driver and the ‘Oga’ escaped when they ran into the NDLEA, even as he was caught in the process.
Also paraded was 35-year old Timothy Wada from Ogane-Enugu in Dekina Local Government who was arrested with two wraps of cannabis and a pistol, while Danladi Ibrahim, 30, a suspected cannabis seller, was also arrested in Idah.
Abdulazeez Kassim, 22, from Kumbotso in Kano State was also paraded with eight kg of cannabis, while Moses Maiyaki, 35, from Oguma in Bassa Local Government was also arrested with one kg of the substance.
A self-confessed cannabis farmer, Hassan Musa, from Ogane-Igah, Olamaboro Local Government was also arrested for his six plots of Indian hemp plantation at Iloko village in Ankpa Local Government.
Bello said some of the arrested suspects between January and August were prosecuted upon completion of investigation, while others were counseled and released, adding that those still in the custody of the agency would be prosecuted.
He noted that the fight against drugs was an onerous one which requires the cooperation and support of individuals, families and government, just as he appealed to the state government to come to the rescue of the command, particularly in the area of logistics.

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