Troops of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army have foiled an attempt to smuggle 792 parcels of illicit drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) into Ogun State at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic Border following an intelligence-driven operation.
According to a statement issued by the Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, Major Olaniyi Osoba, on Friday, 2 September 2022, the parcels of Indian hemp were concealed in a truck coming from the Volta Region of Ghana.
“It was estimated that the suspected illicit drugs were worth about Ten Million Naira (#10,000,000.00) and were to be delivered to a drug syndicate based in Lagos that is presently on the run.
“A search on the truck conveying the suspected consignment indicated that it was designed specifically to convey illicit drugs as there was a special compartment welded to the base of the truck for concealment purposes but could be discovered on scrutiny.
“It took the vigilance of the troops at the checkpoint to detect the concealed drugs after resisting the bribe offered by the suspected drug syndicates.
“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to continue to provide useful information on criminal activities to security agencies for a prompt response.
“The suspected illicit drugs and suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Lagos Command for further action,” the 81 Division spokesman further stated.