Troops smash a drug ring in Plateau, arresting a retired police officer and another person in possession of 320 blocks of Indian hemp worth N9.5 million.
Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) troops uncovered a drug ring in Plateau state, arresting two individuals, including Patrick Kalu, a retired police sergeant.
Maj. Ishaku Takwa, the taskforce’s media officer, said in a statement on Saturday, September 4, that the suspects were found with 320 blocks of Indian hemp valued 9.5 million naira.
He said the suspects, Kalu, 60, and Friday Kalu, 40, were apprehended on Saturday along the Manchok-Von route.
“This afternoon, our troops arrested two suspected drug dealers and recovered 320 blocks of Indian hemp worth N9.5 million concealed in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Abuja ABC 214 HV,” he stated.
“The suspects Patrick Kalu, a retired police officer and Mr Friday Kalu were nabbed by the troops during a stop and search operation on Manchok-Vom road
“They told our personnel that they were contracted to convey the illicit substance from Ondo state to Yola in Adamawa State,” he added.
A police identity card, two Nokia phones, and two wallets, one containing N16,100 and the other N2,900, 40, were also found on the accused.
The suspects and objects collected, according to Takwa, have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s Plateau headquarters for further investigation.
The commander of the task force, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, praised the troops on the arrest, emphasizing that the military would not rest on its oars until criminals and their collaborators were expelled from the country, according to the media officer.
Takwa said Ali also urged law abiding citizens to continue to support security agencies with credible information on criminal activities for their response.