Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ondo State have intercepted a vehicle conveying over 3,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp along Akure-Owo Highway.
The State Commander of the Agency, Mohammed Sokoto, hinted reporters on Wednesday of the seizure in Akure, the state’s capital while parading the driver and the illicit substance.
Mr Sokoto said the substance was neatly concealed in 298 bags in a Mercedes Benz truck.
He added that the arrest was made possible through an intelligent report received by the command.
The NDLEA boss appealed to residents of Ondo State to be vigilant and report to the agency individuals suspected to be Indian hemp cultivators and drug barons.
Paraded with the seizure was the apprehended suspect who drove the vehicle, Usman Bello.
He claimed to be innocent.
Mr Bello told reporters in Yoruba Language that he was called upon to drive the vehicle by his friend who was the original driver but was sick.
Bello insisted that he didn’t know the vehicle contained the illicit drug.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized over 113,000 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa between January and December, 2015.
Ondo State Command of the NDLEA in southwest Nigeria, which made the feat said it also confiscated 500 grammes of cocaine within the stated period.
The Ondo State Commandant, Mohammed Sokoto, who gave the report at the agency’s Headquarters, told reporters that 21 cannabis farmlands covering 323 acres were destroyed during the period.
He added that a total of 210 suspects were arrested out of which 35 were convicted.
Reacting to rumours that some NDLEA officials in Ondo State were conniving with drug dealers, Mr Sokoto maintained that they were untrue allegations.
He said: “Anyone with a valid proof should present it for such officers to be prosecuted”.
The Ondo State Commandant urged Ondo State residents to be courteous in merry making during the yuletide, cautioning that the command was monitoring all the towns and villages to ensure they were free of criminals.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in has seized over 61kg of Cannabis Sativa, destroyed 342 tonnes and arrested 75 drug suspects in Ondo State between January and June 2015.
The Ondo State Command of the NDLEA gave the figure while reeling out its achievement in the period under review.
The State Commander of the agency, Mohammed Sokoto, told a gathering in Ondo on Friday in an occasion to mark this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse, Illicit Cultivation and Trafficking that the anti-drug agency would continue to do its best to bring an end to the activities of drug peddlers.
He commended the State Government for assisting in the efforts aimed at eradicating drug abuse, cultivation and trafficking.
The NDLEA boss also advised those involved in the cultivation of hard drugs to key into the cocoa revolution drive introduced by the State Government.
The resource person at the event and Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Olabode Ogunjemiyo, expressed optimism that hard drug abuse, cultivation and trafficking could be eradicated from the country.
He advocated for more awareness on the detrimental effects of hard drugs.
Students, corps members, government officials among others were present at the commemoration, held at the NDLEA state headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, south-west Nigeria.