Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a bus belonging to the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), loaded with Indian hemp, at Imeko border town, in Yewa axis of Ogun State.
The State Customs Comptroller, Sani Madugu, who made this known at a news conference at the Command’s headquarters in Abeokuta, said the patrol team of Customs intercepted the vehicle and apprehended the driver of the coaster bus with registration number FUNAAB 50B-100 FG, alongside 211 parcels of cannabis which was made to fit bible size.
Madugu, accompanied by the state commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Bala Fagge, said the suspect, Abolade Bolaji, was caught at the border town, while conveying the illegal drugs into the country.
He said, “The suspect, Abolade Bolaji, was caught in the Imeko border town while conveying the illegal drug into the country.
“He concealed parcels of Indian hemp (cannabis) under the bags of rice he was conveying with the vehicle to Abeokuta, when nemesis caught up with him.
“Our operatives on patrol stopped the vehicle and searched it, only to discover the illicit drug.”
The intercepted drug according to the Customs controller was concealed inside bags of rice.
The Customs authorities at the briefing handed over the suspect and exhibits to the NDLEA for further investigation.
Reacting to the development, the institution management had vowed not to interfere in the investigation against its staff as a responsible and law abiding organisation.
In a statement issued by the Head of Directorate of Public Relations, Mrs Emi Alawode, described the incident as unfortunate.
The statement reads in part, “As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, is committed to upholding all statutory enactments guiding its establishment, subsisting legislation in Ogun State and the nation in general. This uncompromising and non-negotiable stance had always and severally been hammered to bonafide members of staff and students of the University.
”However, the attention of the University has been drawn to an unfortunate incidence that was said to have occurred on Saturday, August 12, 2017, in which one of its drivers, using the University official vehicle in his possession, was said to have been apprehended along Olorunda, Ogun State by law enforcement agents, for allegedly being in possession of substances suspected to have been smuggled,” Alawode pointed out.
“Already, the university has put the necessary machinery in place to carry out proper investigations to ascertain what actually transpired on the said date on one hand, while law enforcement agents on the other hand would be allowed and supported to perform their statutory duties in the overall interest of all citizens.”