By Daniel Njienue, February 22, 2022, News/Comments
LAGOS-The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Command, on Monday, paraded nine Ghanaians, which include, Victor Musa, Freeman Gasie, Adotete Joseph, Moses Sottie, Christian Tette, Kabu Okonipa, Stephen Sottie, Daniel Toyokpti and Kabu Natte for allegedly smuggling about 201 bags of Indian hemp (cannabis sativa) valued at N200m into Nigeria.
According to Vanguard News, the suspects were all fishermen. Meanwhile, the corps who Paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos, commandant, Edenabu Okoro Eweka, noted however that the suspects were arrested through the support of the Nigerian Navy. Okoro explained that the intelligence driven operation was done by the marine unit of NSCDC having monitored their activities. He stressed that the items were smuggled in through Ghana with the aid of some abettors but reiterated further how the suspects were apprehended. “The suspects loaded the products in a shop with the hope of smuggling them into the country but they didn’t know that our Ghanaian counterpart had informed us and we followed up. From our investigation, the hemp is worth ₦200m in the market.
“The suspects were traced with two of the 17 boats that were recently donated to us. They were apprehended when they ran out of fuel and one of them strolled into the country to get fuel. It was then our officers descended on them,” he said.
“Though it was not in the jurisdiction of the agency to delve into drug matters, but the interwoven connectivity between drug addiction and government’s critical infrastructures necessitated the arrest. Similarly, the agency also paraded three young men who specialise in vandalization of armored cables in Ikeja. The suspects; Abdul Rahman, Shina Taiwo and Sunday Amon who were residents of the area were said to have been terrorizing the state capital for over two years”.
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