Troops of 192 Battalion Nigerian Army operating in 81 Division Area of Responsibility have intercepted a suspected international drug syndicate smuggling a truckload of illicit drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana, en route to Sango Otta in Ogun State.
On Tuesday, troops intercepted the truck without a registration number, loaded with 397 wraps of illicit drugs during a stop and search operation along Ajilete Road in Yewa South Local Government Area of the State.
The duo, identified as Mr Matthew Edegbe, a Benin Republic national and Mr Joshua Dansu of Idiroko, arrested in connection with the drug, are currently assisting in ongoing investigations.
Items recovered from the suspects 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, and the sum of Seven Thousand Naira (N7000) only.
“In the preliminary investigations that followed, it was revealed that the illicit substance concealed in the truck was transported from Ghana through Benin Republic via Igholo-Idiroko en route Sango Otta. The suspects, vehicle, and exhibits have been taken into custody, pending handing over to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command,” Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said.
Meanwhile, 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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