The Kebbi State Police Command has intercepted two articulated vehicles conveying 7,500 live cartridges and parcels of Indian hemp worth over N600 million.
TheNews Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the trucks was coming from Ghana through Togo and Benin Republic to Nigeria, while the second vehicle took off from Benin Republic to Nigeria, beating different security checkpoints.
Briefing journalists on the development, the spokesperson of the command, SP Nafi’u Abubakar, described the arrest as “huge.”
He said that on September 10 at 7:30 pm, a police border patrol team on Saransa-Maje Road, Bagudo Local Government Area, intercepted a container truck with Lagos registration number IT 21520 LA, conveying 4,927 parcels suspected of being Indian hemp, valued at over N300 million.
Abubakar said three suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuma from Abia State, Kanta Bisa from Ghana, and Shola Adeyemi from Ondo State, were arrested while others escaped.
Two days later, on September 12, at about 9:30 pm, the same border patrol team intercepted another container truck with registration number IT 21608 LA, conveying 7,500 live cartridges and 4,106 parcels of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
“The substance is valued at over N300 million, and one AbdurRasaq Agbola of Iyana Ajiya area in Ibadan, Oyo State, was arrested,” the Kebbi Police spokesman added.