In response to an intelligence-driven operation, soldiers from the 81st Division have prevented an effort to smuggle 792 packages of illegal substances into Ogun State that were thought to contain Cannabis sativa (marijuana).
According to a statement released on Friday, September 2, and signed by Major Olaniyi Osoba, acting deputy director of the division, the Indian hemp bundles were hidden in a truck leaving the Volta Region of Ghana.
The statement reads:
“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.”