Nigerian military officers on operation Safe Haven have arrested a two-man drug syndicate transporting illicit drugs worth N7. 5million, the men were caught with 248 wraps of weed suspected to be cannabis which they were conveying in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Lagos, KJA 150 EG along Manchok- Jos road on Tuesday.
According to a report by Channels News, the two men are Ex-army Corporal Essien Friday who is 60 years old, and his partner, a 50 years old Ibrahim Ali, the suspects said that they were contracted to transport the illegal consignment to contact in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.
According to a statement made available by Major Ishaku Takwa, the Military Information Officer for Operation Safe Haven, He stated that other items recovered from the group include 18 ready smoke wraps of India hemp, 3 mobile phones, and some cash.
He noted that the suspects and the items recovered from them have been handed over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Plateau State for investigation and prosecution.
Part of the statement reads, ” Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) today Tuesday 14 September 2021 burst a drug syndicate and recovered 248 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis estimated to be about 7. 5 million nairas. The substance was concealed in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Lagos, KJA 150 EG.
” The suspect’s Ex- Corporal Essien Friday, 60-year-old retired Army personnel, and 50-year-old Ibrahim Ali were arrested by the troops during stop and search operation along road Manchok– Jos in Kaura LGA of Kaduna state. The suspects claimed that they were contracted to convey the illicit substance to Yola, Adamawa State from Ondo State.
Other items recovered from the suspects include 18 wraps of Indian hemp ready for smoking, 2 smartphones, 3 traveling bags, one lighter, and 2 wallets containing Five Hundred and Seventy Naira (N570) only.
” The Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali has commended the troops for their vigilance doggedness towards preventing criminals from carrying out their heinous acts. He reiterated the determination of his command to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.
He said OPSH will continue to collaborate with law-abiding citizens to ensure a crime-free society and enjoin members of the public to continue to support security agencies with credible information on criminal activities.