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Nigeria: NDLEA Arrests Two For Smuggling 66 Kilos Of Cannabis

Jacob Redmond

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Kano State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two ex-convicts for allegedly smuggling substances that tested positive to cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp).

The ex-cons, Ejike Martins, 53, and ThankGod Obums, 35, were caught along Emir Road, Sabon Gari, in a dark green Mercedes Benz Car with registration number AA809AJG containing compressed 104 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 66 kilogrammes.

"We responded swiftly to an intelligence report on the duo and when we got to their location at Emir Road, they were found to be in possession of compressed cannabis with a total weight of 66kg," Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA Kano Commander said in a statement Thursday.

"They have claimed ownership of the drugs stating that it was a joint business. They both contributed the start-up capital with which they invested in cannabis smuggling".

Kano State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two ex-convicts for allegedly smuggling substances that tested positive to cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp).

The ex-cons, Ejike Martins, 53, and ThankGod Obums, 35, were caught along Emir Road, Sabon Gari, in a dark green Mercedes Benz Car with registration number AA809AJG containing compressed 104 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 66 kilogrammes.

"We responded swiftly to an intelligence report on the duo and when we got to their location at Emir Road, they were found to be in possession of compressed cannabis with a total weight of 66kg," Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA Kano Commander said in a statement Thursday.

"They have claimed ownership of the drugs stating that it was a joint business. They both contributed the start-up capital with which they invested in cannabis smuggling".

According to its preliminary investigation, the NDLEA said both suspects had been convicted in the past for drug-related offences.

In his reaction, the Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said no drug trafficker would go unpunished in the country.

"The case history of Ejike Martins is a reflection of the rising capacity of the NDLEA as a strong institution", he said.

"The data management system in the agency has significantly improved. Our transition from a short term to a long term undercover operations is yielding very positive results. The foundation for effective policing is strongly established and I can reassure Nigerians that no drug dealer shall go unpunished in the country.

"Unless drug traffickers quit the criminal act, we shall continue to bring them to book".

The agency said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.

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