Nigerian Troops Intercepts ‘Large Quantity’ Of Illicit Drug In Ogun Village

By Damilare Adeleye

The Nigerian Army has said that troops of the 35 Artillery Brigade intercepted a Mazda vehicle with registration number NRK 622 SB conveying a large quantity of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.

The vehicle was intercepted at Mologbede village in the Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State on Friday, March 29, 2024.

A statement by the Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, 35 Artillery Brigade, Mohammed Goni, said the exhibits have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Goni said the Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Tajudeen Aminu commended the troops for their effort and urged them to remain vigilant in their various locations.

He said, "The handing over of the 441 wrapped pieces of Pawpaw-sized Cannabis Sativa weighing 223kg and the Mazda vehicle to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ogun State Command took place on Tuesday, 03 April 2024," the statement said.

"The Commander represented by the Officer Commanding 35 Provost Company Major Gadzama Abdullahi reiterated that the Brigade will continue to sustain all efforts in collaborating with other security agencies to get rid of crimes and other social vices in the state.

"The Commandant, NDLEA Ogun State Command, Commander of Narcotics, Jane Ibiba Odili in her remarks stated that she was highly excited over the synergy that exists between the military and other security agencies in the state.

"She said General Aminu has truly been very supportive of NDLEA operations which has led to significant successes achieved by the agency as this was not the first time such a large quantity of Cannabis Sativa was intercepted by the military and handed over to the agency.

"She further stated that with the support of the military, NDLEA was able to break boundaries, burst drug syndicates and achieve holistic outcomes in their overall drug-fighting efforts."