Aba (Abia) -Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Aba on Tuesday, arrested one Emmanuel Ogbonna with 135 kg of Indian Hemp, which he claimed he brought from Benin.
NDLEA Commander in Abia, Mr Bamidele Akingbade, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Aba while parading the suspect before newsmen.
He said the suspected drug courier, who was arrested in a hotel where he lodged on the outskirts of Aba-Owerri road, is linked to Aba’s newest drug spot – the Black Kingdom.
He said the suspect evaded arrest on his way from Benin to Aba by pasting police emblem on the windscreen of his car and hanging a pair of police uniform by the side of the passenger’s seat.
He said the drug was meant to be delivered at the `Black Kingdom’ around Ariaria International market.
Akingbade said that when operatives of the NDLEA accosted the suspect, he used the central lock of his car to lock the booth to prevent his men from seizing the drugs.
“When my men eventually overpowered him, he started shouting to make it look as if he was being kidnapped.
“But when the crowd that gathered learnt he was trying to resist arrest, they assisted operatives of the NDLEA,’’ he said.
The commander said Ogbonna onfessed that somebody whose name he could not remember, asked him to transport the drugs to Aba.
Akingbade added that Ogbonna told his men that it was his first time of being involved in drug trafficking.
According to the commander, Ogbonna confessed that he used the police emblem and uniform to deceive security agents on the highway into believing he was a security agent.
Akingbade promised that operatives of the agency would intensify their efforts to arrest and prosecute hard drug couriers and consumers of hard drugs in Aba. (NAN)