The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kaduna State has arrested two suspects, Basher Muhammad and Tukur Usaini, for allegedly being in possession of 1,760kg (1.8 tones) of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa, concealed in a truck.
The Kaduna state Commander of NDLEA, Mr. Bala Fagge made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday.
He said that the command intercepted an articulated vehicle transporting the illicit drug from Akure in Ondo state to Zaria, Kaduna state.
“The suspects were conveying the banned substance in a trailer from Ondo State through a hidden route and bursted out in Birnin Gwari enroute Funtua in Katsina state to their destination in Zaria, Kaduna state.
“Their illegal routes clearly show that they were distributing the drugs to bandits and criminals in the forest,”Fagge said.
He said that the two suspects, Muhammad, who is the driver of the vehicle and Usaini, the recipient of the drug have been arrested and investigations is ongoing to unravel other accomplices in the criminal act.
He commended the Kaduna State Government for providing the command with two new Peugeot Pick Up vehicles and their immense support and contributions towards making the state free from drugs.
He also appreciated the media, military, the police and other security agencies for their complementary roles in assisting them in carrying out their mandates.
The Kaduna state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that the vehicles provided by the state government was to support the agency discharge its duties effectively.
Aruwan expressed optimism that the gesture would spur the agency to rid the state of drug peddlers and other criminal elements.
“Criminality is connected to the intake of hard drugs and substances which the state government frowned at to have a peaceful environment,”Aruwan said. (NAN)