The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday said it had seized 5,000 kilogrammes of a substance suspected to be cannabis sativa.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Peter Adegbe, told newsmen in Abuja that the seizure was made in Abaji, near Abuja, adding that some traffickers and two trucks conveying the substance were also arrested.
He said that the arrests were made on Tuesday and that the trucks were heading to Kano and Jos through Abuja.
Adegbe said that one Ubale Hashim, driver of one of the trucks and Sanusi Ibrahim, his conductor were arrested with 80 bags of sativa cannabis popularly called Indian hemp, weighing about 734.7 kilogrammes.
He said the second truck laden with about 3,750 compressed sativa cannabis weighing about 3, 934 kilogrammes was impounded after the occupants abandoned on sighting the agency’s officials.
He said that about 872.7 kilogrammes of the substance were also been seized by the command’s team at Gwagwalada in October as part of the onslaught on drug traffickers, especially at this time of the year.
The spokesman said that the Commander of the agency in the territory, Mrs. Chinyere Obijuru, had ordered intensified patrols and stop-and-search operations along all routes to the FCT.
He called on FCT residents to be vigilant and report any drug activity in their neighbourhood to the nearest NDLEA office.
It will be recalled that over 2,000 kilogrammes of Indian hemp, cocaine and other illicit drugs were seized by the command in parts of the territory in October.