By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief/Defence Correspondent)
Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH), on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, burst a drug syndicate and recovered 248 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis estimated to be about 7.5 million nairas. The substance was concealed in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Lagos, KJA 150 EG.
The suspects, Ex-Corporal Essien Friday, 60-year-old retired Army personnel, and 50-year-old Ibrahim Ali, were arrested by the troops during stop and search operation along road Manchok – Jos in Kaura LGA of Kaduna state. The suspects claimed that they were contracted to convey the illicit substance to Yola, Adamawa State from Ondo State.
Other items recovered from the suspects, according to a statement on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, by Major Ishaku Takwa, an Information Officer of the military, include 18 wraps of Indian hemp ready for smoking, 2 smartphones, 3 traveling bags, one lighter, and 2 wallets containing Five Hundred and Seventy Naira (N570) only.
The suspects and items recovered have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Plateau State Command for further investigation.
The Commander OPSH, Major General Ibrahim Ali, has commended the troops for their vigilance doggedness towards preventing criminals from carrying out their heinous acts. He reiterated the determination of his command to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.
He stated OPSH will continue to collaborate with law-abiding citizens to ensure crime-free society and enjoin members of the public to continue to support security agencies with credible information on criminal activities.
You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation. NNL.