In a successful operation, personnel from the Nigerian Navy Ship Lugard (NNSL), Lokoja, intercepted and arrested two individuals on Tuesday, confiscating over 400 kilograms of a substance believed to be cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) along the Ajaokuta – Lokoja road in Kogi State.
The suspects, identified as Denis Foukorighe, a retired Corporal in the Army, and Paul Obor, were paraded before the public by Commander Ugochukwu Ajulu of NNS Lugard Lokoja on Friday. The arrests were made during a routine snap check operation conducted by the Navy along the Ajaokuta – Lokoja road. The illicit substance, along with a Honda Accord saloon car used for transportation, was destined for Area 1 in Abuja, having originated from Edo state.
Commander Ajulu handed over the apprehended individuals and the seized illicit substance to officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation and eventual prosecution in a court of law.
Emphasizing the commitment of the Navy to their mandate, Commander Ajulu urged all security checkpoints in the state to remain vigilant against the transportation of illicit substances. He highlighted the effectiveness of Navy checkpoints in Kogi, citing the recent success in intercepting the illegal drug shipment.
Taking the opportunity to address Nigerian youth, Ajulu called for engagement in lawful businesses that offer legitimate livelihoods, discouraging involvement in unlawful activities that could lead to imprisonment. He suggested that young people explore trades such as carpentry, auto-mechanics, tailoring, and masonry as legitimate sources of livelihood.
Supretendent of Narcotics Olorunfemi Abolarinwa, the Officer in charge of the Strike Force of NDLEA, Kogi State Command, received the suspects on behalf of the agency. He assured a thorough investigation before prosecution, emphasizing the correlation between illicit drugs and various criminal activities. Abolarinwa reiterated the agency’s commitment to educating citizens on the dangers of dealing in prohibited drugs and the adverse effects on society.