Troops of 192 Battalion, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, intercepted a suspected transnational drug syndicate with 296 warps of illicit substances, along Balogun border in Ogun State on Sunday.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement posted on the official X handle of the Nigerian Army on Sunday.
The statement read, “Troops of 192 Battalion, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, acting on credible intelligence, intercepted a suspected transnational drug syndicate operating with a Sienna 2001 Model Space Bus, with registration number Lagos APP 129 EF, loaded with illicit substances, suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.
“The suspects were intercepted on Sunday, January 14, 2024, along Balogun border in Ogun State.
“Vigilant troops conducted a thorough search on the vehicle and detected layers of compartments packed with 296 wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana.”
The statement also disclosed that investigation revealed that the wraps of illicit substance were transported from Benin Republic through Ilara border communities en route Ifo, Ogun State.
It further revealed that it took the transnational drug traffickers five months to conceal the substance for delivery to their clients and two suspects were arrested in connection to the crime.
The statement added that the suspects, Adigun Olatunji, 54 years, and Michael Atanda, 18 years, both from Ilara Imeko in Afun Local Government Area of Ogun…