May 27, 2024

Army Troops Intercepts Drug Syndicate in Ogun

 

A suspected transnational drug syndicate have been intercepted by troops from the 192 Battalion, 81 Division, Nigerian Army along the Balogun border in Ogun State.

 

The troops, who acted on credible intelligence, discovered 296 wraps of illicit substances, believed to be cannabis sativa, concealed in a Sienna 2001 Model Space Bus with registration number: Lagos APP 129 EF.

 

Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the operation in a statement, said two suspects were arrested.

 

The suspects are: Adigun Olatunji, 54, and Michael Atanda, 18, both indigenes of Ilara Imeko, in Afun Local Council of Ogun State but living in Benin Republic.

 

According to the Army spokesperson, they were taken into custody after attempting to bribe the troops with N12 million.

 

He said investigation revealed that the illicit substance had been transported from Benin Republic through Ilara border communities, en route Ifo, Ogun State.

 

He said: “The traffickers whose stock-in-trade is moving drugs from one country to another had spent five months concealing the marijuana for delivery to their clients.

 

“Recovered items, including a Benin Republic national identity card, a Nigerian national ID card, two small Itel mobile phones, a Benin Republic driver’s licence, a Benin Republic international passport, six Benin Republic Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) packs, two Benin Republic SIM cards, a Nigerian driver’s licence, and N52,700, are now in safe custody.

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