Two bullion vans containing large quantities of Indian hemp (Cannabis Sativa) concealed in bags and parcels were abandoned by fleeing drug traffickers who were caught by officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The NDLEA officials impounded the vans, marked FKJ 7318 XQ and LSR 837 XR, at Ijebu-Igbo area of Ogun State.
However, the owner of another van, a Ford bus marked SMK 707 XF, 38-year-old Ismail Adeeyo, from Ibadan, was not so lucky as he was arrested at Ilara in Imekon Afon Local Government Area with a brand of Indian hemp classified as “skunk”.
Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, the NDLEA state Commander, Bala Fagge, said it was baffling that drug traffickers had become more innovative to the extent of transporting the illegal substance with bullion vans.
He said: “One would have waved on such bullion vans if one had seen them on the road. No one would have thought that bags of Cannabis Sativa(Indian hemp) could be hidden inside the vans.
“The vans were abandoned by drug dealers at Ijebu-Igbo. And in the border area at Ilara, Imeko Afon, we had made about five arrests in one month.”
According to Fagge, the arrested suspect in a confessional statement, revealed that the Indian hemp was being conveyed from Republic of Benin.
Fagge further stated that Adeeyo would be charged to court soon.