Nigeria: Beninese are detained by soldiers, one of whom is carrying a truckload of cannabis
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Troops of the Nigerian Armed force have captured a Beninese, Matthew Edegbe, and a Nigerian, Joshua Dansu while attempting to pirate into the country a load of a substance suspected to be cannabis.
The soldiers captured the suspects during a pause and-search activity along Ajilete Street in the Yewa South Nearby Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, released a statement on Wednesday stating that the suspects transported the drug in a truck without a number plate.
Nwachukwu said that the troops’ investigation showed that the marijuana came from Ghana.
The assertion read, “Troops of 192 Regiment Nigerian Armed force working in the 81 Division Area of Obligation have again on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, blocked a thought global medication organization carrying a load of substance thought to be weed sativa (maryjane) in transit Sango Ota in Ogun State.
“Answering noteworthy knowledge, troops led pause and-search tasks along Ajilete Street in the Yewa South Neighborhood Government Area of Ogun State during which they captured and seized the thought truck without a number plate stacked with 397 wraps of the substance thought to be cannabis.
“In the starter examinations that followed, it was uncovered that the illegal substance hid in the truck was moved from Ghana through the Benin Republic by means of Igholo-Idiroko on the way to Sango Ota.
Matthew Edegbe, a Benin Republic national, and Joshua Dansu, a resident of Idiroko, have been identified as the suspects who were transporting the illegal drugs and are currently assisting in ongoing investigations.
Nwachukwu noticed that a Benin Republic’s public ID card and a driver’s permit having a place with one George Benyagbe among others were recuperated from the suspects.
“Things recuperated from the suspects incorporate the truck’s number plate distinguished as (T 1826 LA Lagos), which was disengaged and hidden in the vehicle to forestall recognizable proof, an Infinix and Itel telephone, one iPhone, a Benin Republic public ID card, and a driver’s permit having a place with one George Benyagbe, as well as the amount of N7,000 just,” he added.
Nwachukwu stated that the suspects, vehicle, and evidence had been taken into custody until the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency could receive them.
He said the Head of Armed force Staff, Significant General Taoreed Lagbaja, praised the soldiers for their responsibility and cautiousness, asking them to support the energy.