The 2 Division of Nigerian Army, Ibadan has recovered 868 kilogrammes of Indian hemp in Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State.
These were concealed in 86 bags according to the Garrison Commander for the division, Brigadier General Usman Yusuf.
He made the disclosure in Ibadan, noted that the consignment was intercepted at General area of Eruwa.
Yusuf handed over the consignment to the state Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs. Omolade Faboyede, for further actions.
The NDLEA commander, Mrs. Omolade, who thanked the 2 Division Garrison for the seizure and transfer of the recovered Indian hemp to the agency, said the feat was achieved based on the existing synergy among security agencies in the state.
According to Yusuf, the troops of 2 Division Garrison seized the 86 bags of the cannabis sativa at Nigerian border with the Republic of Benin on June 24, 2017.
The seizure, he stated, was made possible following tip-off of the troops of the 2 Division Garrison that were on patrol in General area of Eruwa, which is in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State, specifically in the town called Alawode.
According to him, “The troops were informed of statches of cannabis sativa that were kept at a location. We mounted surveillance in that area for about three days to see if we could get the people, who kept the cannabis sativa there, so that we will make arrest.
“Unfortunately, they stayed away completely from the area. So, after three or four days of surveillance, we decided we could not stay in the area for much longer because of logistic reasons. So, we decided to pack the entire consignment.
“But our operatives are still on ground at General area of Eruwa, still sniffing around, hoping we’ll make arrest or make more seizures”, he stressed.