Men of Ogun state police command have arrested a 19-year-old boy, James Tiva and three others; Anayor Okechukwu, John Chid and Felix Tehemeh, for allegedly trafficking 42 bags of weed, suspected to be Indian hemp.
The suspects, according to a statement by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were arrested in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state while transporting the weed to a neighbouring state.
Oyeyemi in the statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta on Sunday said the police arrested the suspects, following a tip off.
According to Oyeyemi, the command on receiving the information, placed its men from the Ijebu Igbo police division on alert.
“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ijebu Igbo Police Division (DPO), Kaseem Solotan, quickly mobilised his men and headed straight to the forest where the suspects were said to be coming from,” Oyeyemi said.
He added that, “The suspects were accosted on the road and four of them were apprehended with 42 bags containing weeds suspected to be Indian hemp”.
Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the suspects had a large expanse of land inside the forest which they used for the cultivation of cannabis on a yearly basis.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation.
Makama, who praised members of the public for their alertness and provision of necessary information that led to the arrest of the suspects, also directed that a comprehensive investigation, that would lead security agencies to the farm where the cannabis is being planted be carried out without delay.