Army stops N10 million worth of drugs in Ogun, rejects bribe


Along the border between Ilaro and the Benin Republic, soldiers from the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army seized 792 packages of drugs believed to be Cannabis sativa worth N10 million.

Major Olaniyi Osoba, the Army division's acting deputy director, revealed this in a statement on Friday.

To be delivered to a drug syndicate based in Lagos that was currently on the run, Osoba claimed that the packages of illegal drugs were hidden in a truck coming from Ghana's Volta Region. He added that the troops turned down the bribe that the suspected drug syndicates offered.

He stated, "Following an intelligence-driven operation, troops of the 81 Division have prevented an effort to smuggle 792 packets of illegal substances believed to be Cannabis sativa into Ogun State at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic border.

"The packages containing illegal substances were hidden in a truck leaving Ghana's Volta Region. The alleged illicit drugs, which were expected to be delivered to a drug syndicate located in Lagos that is currently on the run, were believed to be worth roughly N10m.

A search of the truck carrying the suspected shipment revealed that it was built particularly to transport illegal substances since it had a separate compartment welded to its base for concealment, which could be seen upon closer inspection. After refusing the bribe from the alleged drug syndicates, it took the soldiers at the checkpoint's alertness to find the hidden drugs.

Osoba advised the public to keep informing security services about criminal activity while noting that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency had been given the suspected narcotics and individuals for further investigation.

Accordingly, the general people is urged to keep giving helpful information on illegal activity to security services so that they can respond quickly, he said. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency's Lagos Command has been given the suspected illicit narcotics and the suspects for further investigation.


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