LOKOJA – Abdullahi Sheidu an Alleged cannabis sativa (indian hemp ) baron who was paraded on Thursday by the kogi state command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said he has to join the hard drug business to keep both body and soul together due to hardship.
Sheidu who admitted to have engaged in the illicit drugs business said it was the present hardship which has enveloped the state pushed him into the trade.
The suspect who is a native of Okehi Local Government Area of the State was caught selling Cannabis Sativa weighing 1.4kg and Tramadol 50g to workers of a Chinese Company located along Okene Lokoja Abuja road at Kabba junction near lokoja, kogi state capital.
A father of two who is in his 40s said he finds it difficult to feed his family which led him with no other option than to sell hard drugs.
He however maintained that, the authority of the Chinese company was not aware of his illegal business.
According to him, ” I have been in this business for over four months. Hardship led me into this. There is no job any where so i discovered that, some workers in this Chinese Company likes taking indian herm and tramadol so I decided to opt into the business. From this business, i usually gather little money on daily basis to feed my family”.
Meanwhile, the state commander of Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Idris Bello said the suspects; Okoye Daniel, and Maxwell Egbo alonside four others Mohammed Sanni Danlami, Mona Mathew, Ejima Sunday and Gambo Adamu were caught for trafficking in psychotropic susstances suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, Codeine and Rophynol.
Bello added that Okoye Daniel and Maxwell were arrested along Okene Lokoja road by his men after concealing 66 bottles Codeine and 40g of Rohypnol inside a Luxurious bus on their way to Abuja from Enugu State.
He said others were arrested in some flash points within Lokoja metropolis.
While warning those who are that the command will go all out to arrest drug peddlers within the State, he urged residents to always provide useful information to the command that will help towards achieving a drug free society.
According to him, when illegal use of drugs is curtailed in the society, crime will be reduced.
However, Alhaji Bello said all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.