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Military Forces Successfully Smash International Drug Ring, Confiscating a Whopping 397 Bundles of Marijuana

Troops of the 192 Battalion Nigerian Army have made a significant breakthrough in their fight against drug smuggling. Acting on a tip-off, the troops conducted a stop and search operation along Ajilete Road in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. They successfully intercepted a suspected international drug syndicate smuggling a large quantity of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana).

In an official statement released on Wednesday, Army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed that the troops impounded a truck without a registration number during the operation. Inside the truck were 397 wraps of a substance suspected to be marijuana. Preliminary investigations revealed that the illicit substance was being transported from Ghana through Benin Republic, via Igholo-Idiroko, en route to Sango Otta.

The suspects involved in the transportation of the illegal drugs were identified as Mr. Matthew Edegbe, a Benin Republic national, and Mr. Joshua Dansu of Idiroko. Both individuals are currently assisting with ongoing investigations. Several items were recovered from the suspects, including phones, identity cards, a driver’s license, and a sum of N7000. The suspects, along with the vehicle and exhibits, have been taken into custody pending handover to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command.

This recent success comes on the heels of another interception by the battalion on Saturday, July 15, 2023. On that day, they seized a truck loaded with over 20,000 cartridges of ammunition, which was intended for Anambra State.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, commended the troops for their unwavering commitment and vigilance in carrying out their duties. He urged them to sustain their momentum in the fight against criminal activities, contributing to a safer and more secure Nigeria.

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