Aug 23, 2011-The 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Yola, on Monday, handed over two suspected Indian hemp dealers to the Adamawa State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. N.J. Nwaoga, said the suspects, Emmanuel Otukpa and Aiden Bassey, were arrested in Michika Local Government Area of the state at an army check point, on their way from Otukpa in Benue State.
“Our officers on check point duty in Michika, noticed suspicious moves from one of the suspects who fully paraded himself as a captain of the Nigerian Army,” he said. “When they noticed irregularities in his fake identity card, the soldiers being professionals, asked him to come down and open his Mercedes 230 car booth for checking. And at that point, they noticed these substances suspected to be Indian hemp.”
He said that after prosecuting the suspects, NDLEA should hand them back to the brigade command for further interrogation for Nigerian Army impersonation, and advised all security agencies in the country to work hand in hand to make the nation better.
Responding, the NDLEA Commander, Abdullahi Zungeru, commended the efforts of the Nigerian Army. “I want to assure you that the command will not rest until this case is prosecuted,” he said. “After prosecution, they will be handed over back to you for additional interrogation.”