The suspects

Paul Iyoghojie

Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS at Adeniji Adele in Lagos have swooped on an Indian Hemp distribution depot at Iperu Remo area of Ogun State and arrested nine suspected dealers.

Their leader, identified simply as Lukman a.k.a ‘Ijalo’ managed to escape.

The operation was led by DSP Olaniyi Festus in charge of Strike Unit 1 at the FSARS, Lagos.

Police identified the arrested suspects as Oluwasegun Babatunde 39, a resident of Onigbogbo, Maryland; Odeku Ogundipe, Abiodun Oluwole, Samson Haruna all from Iperu Remo and Ogere in Ogun State and Abdulahhi Abubakar from Niger State.

Others include Ibrahim Saheed, Abayomi Babatunde, Sarafa Ogunjimi all from Iperu Remo and Ogere, Ogun State and Nasiru Bashiru from Kano State.

Nemesis caught up with the arrested suspects when some concerned residents of Iperu Remo sent a distress call to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP in charge of Federal SARS, Lagos, Mr. Ibrahim Kaoje, that Indian Hemp dealer led by one Lukman were given them sleepless night in the area.

They also alleged that apart from using a vast land in the community for the distribution and sales of Indian Hemp, Lukman was equally using the base as a criminal hideout.

Following the report, DCP Kaoje dispatched a team led by DSP Olaniyi Festus to the place to arrest the suspects. The team swooped on the suspected criminal base and arrested nine suspects while their leader Lukman and a.k.a Ijalo managed to escape.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the police, included four medium size and 20 small bags of weeds suspected to the Indian Hemp with a street value of N1.4 million.

During investigation by the police, all the arrested suspects allegedly confessed to the crime that they sold and distribute Indian Hemp for their leader Lukman a.k.a Ijalo.

A police source said that the police had launched a manhunt for the arrest of Lukman and that after investigation, all the arrested suspects would be charged to court.