arrested two suspected cannabis barons while also seizing 18,294kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of N183m. One of the suspects, a Bauchi-based suspected cannabis dealer, Mohammed Mustapha was apprehended at Uzebba, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State where he was facilitating the shipment of 7,272kg of cannabis to Bauchi State.
According to the spokesperson for the agency,
another 3,072kg of cannabis was traced to the warehouse of another
suspected dealer, Lucky Akele at Uzebba. About 7,950kg of cannabis with
few bags of cement used as cover inside a Dangote cement truck were
intercepted at Enweh area of the state. The truck driver, Zegiru Amadu,
said the shipment was destined for Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Edo State commander of the NDLEA, Wakawa Buba, said that the 18,294kg of cannabis were seized in three operations.
the cases are under investigation and the suspects will soon be charged
to court for unlawful possession and dealing in cannabis. They risk a
minimum of fifteen years sentence if found guilty,” Wakawa said.
The Dangote trailer driver in his statement said he was given N1.3m to transport the cannabis to Maiduguri, Borno State.
Amadu claimed that poverty pushed him to take the money and agree to the deal.
the officers involved in the operations, NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad
Abdallah (retd.) described the seizure as a necessary step in reducing
drugs from circulation.
Abdallah said, “The NDLEA will continue
to work assiduously by consolidating on the gains recorded in the fight
“Over 15 tons of cannabis would have been
taken to the North East if not for the timely interception. Several
crimes are perpetrated under the influence of drugs like cannabis and
the agency will not rest until the problem of cannabis cultivation,
trafficking and use is drastically reduced.”