The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday intercepted a bus belonging to the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta (FUNAAB) for allegedly conveying Indian hemp (cannabis sativa) through the border.
The command said its operatives also arrested the driver of the bus. The state’s NCS Comptroller Sani Madugu said NCS operatives intercepted the coaster bus, marked FUNAAB 50 B-100 FG, with 211 parcels of cannabis made into book sizes and concealed in rice bags.
Madugu said the driver, Abolade Bolaji, was caught at Imeko border town of Ogun State while allegedly smuggling the illegal drugs into the country. The Comptroller handed the suspect and exhibits to the state command of NDLEA for further investigation.
NDLEA State Commander Bala Fagge hailed the NCS for the feat, saying the cannabis recovered from the suspect weighed 295.4kg. But FUNAAB, through the Head of the Directorate of Public Relations, Mrs Emi’ Alawode, said it remained a law-abiding institution.
The university pledged to carry out a thorough investigation on the incident to ascertain what happened.