By Albert Akpor
LAGOS â€” THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)Â Seme border yesterday intercepted a truck load of weeds suspected to be cannabis otherwise known as Indian hemp. No arrest was made.
The weeds, sources said, were carefully stocked in 45 bags and loaded in the truck with number plate XR 893 EPE.Â The consignment which was being transported outside the country via the Seme border weighed 386.6kg.
According to sources,Â the bags of weeds were covered with vegetables to outwitÂ security operatives.Â Vanguard gathered that the driver who is presently on the run reportedly abandoned the truck and fled during a search conducted at a checkpoint close to Ijanikin police station.
Commander of the Seme border of the anti-drug agency, Mr. Nicholas Ajaduruonye, said the interception followed a tip-off, adding that the command received intelligence report on the movement of the drug and consequently moved in with some police officers and commenced searching of suspected vehicles.
According to him, â€œit took the eyes of a detective to be able to detect the drugs because the bags were carefully arranged and vegetable leaves were placed on the surface so much so that at the first sight, one would think the vehicles carried only vegetables.â€
Continuing, Mr. Ajaduruonye who has just resumed duty at the command said though the border is to some extent porous, his tenure would be hard for drug peddles and barons alike.Â â€œOur security network now is tight with all the strategies we have worked out.
We are sure of making more arrest even though the birder is to some extent porous because of settlements.Â Â But with God by our side, we will make this place hot for drug peddlers and barons.Â And we hope that they will learn from this even though they are smart, they cannot be that lucky all of the time,â€ he said.