The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested eight suspected bandits in Ala Forest, Akure North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State.
NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, gave the names of the arrested suspects as Austin Dickson (47), who is the gang leader; Sunday Adekunle (31); Kayode Oluwaseun (29); Kolawole Kazeem (33); Oladimeji Makinde (37); Emeka Charles (46); Ojo Oluwadare (40) and Lanre Oluwajana (44).
He said, “The suspected bandits were nabbed on Friday, September 2, 2022.
“Recovered from them include 25 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 296kgs, six explosive devices, six cartridges, four motorcycles and assorted charms used in terrorising farmers in the forest.”
Babafemi said the NDLEA operatives also discovered 5.5kg of cannabis concealed in CD players in a commercial bus on Sokoto-Bodinga road on Saturday.
He explained that, “Upon search, 5.5kgs of cannabis was discovered inside the CD players, and the owner, Nasiru Ibrahim, was arrested.
“While in another bus, a suspected bandit, Sani Ibrahim (37), was arrested with some ammunition and cannabis sativa on Kware Road in Sokoto State.”
Meanwhile, an Abuja businesswoman, Onyinye Nwoke (38), has been arrested following an intelligence-led raid at her residence in Galadimawa.
He said operatives uprooted fresh stems of cannabis grown at the backyard of Ms Nwoke’s house, which measured 18.4kg, while 800g of cannabis seeds were also recovered from the house.