The Nigerian Army Troops of 81 Division at Ilaro-Benin Republic Border has intercepted 792 parcels suspected to be India hemp aka marijuana concealed in a truck coming from Volta region in Ghana.
According to a statement by the Nigerian Army through the Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, Major Olaniyi Osoba the parcels were intercepted on Friday, 2nd October, 2022.
He said the carefully packed Indian Hemp was intercepted while being smuggled into Ogun State at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic Border following an intelligence-driven operation.
Major Osoba said the parcels of Indian hemp were concealed in a truck coming from the Volta Region of Ghana.
The statement reads further;
“It was estimated that the suspected illicit drugs were worth about Ten Million Naira (#10,000,000.00) and were to be delivered to a drug syndicate based in Lagos that is presently on the run.
“A search on the truck conveying the suspected consignment indicated that it was designed specifically to convey illicit drugs as there was a special compartment welded to the base of the truck for concealment purposes but could be discovered on scrutiny.
“It took the vigilance of the troops at the checkpoint to detect the concealed drugs after resisting the bribe offered by the suspected drug syndicates.”
Osoba in the statement enjoined members of the public to continue to provide useful information on criminal activities to security agencies for a prompt response.
He said the suspected illicit drugs and suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Lagos Command for further action.