Gombe NDLEA Parades 65 year old man with 150 blocks of cannabis weighing 119kg
Chima Azubuike, Gombe
Gombe state command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Friday, paraded a 65 year old suspect, Anayo Ojegbe arrested for being in possession of 150 blocks of cannabis sativa, with estimated weight at 119 kg.
Gombe NDLEA, Acting Commander, Mrs. Rosanna Nnodim, disclosed at the suspect was intercepted by the NDLEA after trailing him for two weeks based on information.
Nnodim said his arrest was the outcome of painstaking efforts of the agency who have been on his trail for such a long time till he was arrested in Gombe.
“He was arrested based on information and we have been on his trail for the past two weeks and we eventually arrested him at a suburb in Gombe. As you can see he is 65 years old. He was arrested with 150 blocks of cannabis sativa with estimated weight at 119 kg,” the acting commander said.
She added that from January to December 2020, the command has secured 32 convictions, with 13 pending cases.
Nnodim said, “407.711 Kg of drugs, out of this 99.516Kg of psychotropic substances the controlled drugs which includes; Tramadal, Exzol. For cannabis sativa we have 38.195 kg, as well as arrest of 146 persons. For December alone, we have 121.108kg of cannabis sativa and for psychotropic substances we have 292gms, totalling 121.400gms of drugs.We have care and treatment services, families should bring victims of drug or substance abuse to access recovery.”
Also speaking, The suspect, Anayo Ojegbe, said he was involved in the business for the first time.
He stated that a friend promised to help him out of poverty, adding that his own duty was just to deliver the cannabis and pharmaceutical drugs to users.
Ojegbe further blamed his predicament on poverty saying for a long time he find it difficult to find something to eat and even feed his family.
He said, “I was just looking for a way to make ends meet. I need to feed myself and my family but things have been very difficult for me. I find it very difficult to eat and even drink water, it was that bad.
According to Ojegbe, he joined the business in February this year but this was his first time of having to courier such a huge amount of drugs which he was sent from Ekiti state to Gombe.
He said he was only dealing in small packs of the substance buying and selling until he was invited by a friend who promised to help him.