NDLEA arrests former lawmaker over Indian hemp

By The Citizen

The Adamawa Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday confirmed the arrest of an ex-lawmaker in possession of 81.9 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp).

Confirming the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, the state NDLEA Commander, Alhaji Hassan Zungeru, said the suspect was charged to court.

'The suspect, a former lawmaker is being prosecuted at the Federal High Court Yola,' Zungeru said.

Zungeru said the former Assemblyman, who was in the state assembly in 1992, was arrested with the exhibit in Jada town.

'Following intelligence report of  suspicious illicit activities by the ex-lawmaker, the agency  after  several months of monitoring, finally arrested him,'  Zungeru said.

The commander commended the courts in Yola for their demonstration of professionalism in the acceleration and prosecution of drug suspects.

He mentioned shortage of personnel and patrol vehicles as the major challenges facing the agency in Adamawa.

The NDLEA has nine area offices in Adamawa. (NAN)