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 Kano State Government has directed the immediate closure of Hassan Gwarzo Boarding Secondary School over allegations of sexual abuse on the male students.
The Deputy Governor, Professor Hafizu Abubakar, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Usman Bello, said that having received a report of homosexual abuse on some boys of the college, a 14-man committee has been set up to immediately investigate the situation and report back to government for appropriate actions.
“I was particularly concerned about this unfortunate incident and I want you within two weeks to critically investigate the case of sodomy at Hassan Gwarzo Collage,” he said
The committee’s terms of reference include identifying the culprit and recommending to the government, the appropriate actions to be taken on both the school and the proprietors of the college.
Hassan Gwarzo is a private boarding secondary school for both boys and girls in Kano, North West Nigeria, but the case of sodomy was reported at the boys’ hostel in Sallari Quaters, Kano.
It was alleged that some boys were sexually abused by some unknown men.