The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Osun State command, has arrested a 45-year-old woman, Mrs. Ikeade Esan, with 59 bags of Indian hemp at Ikeji Arakeji.
Commander of the NDLEA in Osun, Mrs. Sylvia Ekaete-Egwunwoke, in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, explained that Ikeade was arrested last Thursday through an intelligent report.
She further disclosed that about 100 unrepentant drug barons were prosecuted by the NDLEA in Osun in 2015, and that all of them were convicted.
The suspect, Ikeade, said one Moses kept the Indian hemp with her, and regretted accepting to keep the illicit drug in her house. She, however, said she kept the consignment because of the money the owner promised to give her after the transaction.
Ikeade said: “I have known Moses for two years. He had earlier kept 20 bags of Indian hemp with me, but some people stole it. I told him that thieves had stolen the hemp and he said I should not worry about it. He later brought another 59 bags, and I told him I could not keep them, but he pleaded with me. I told him that I didn’t want to get into trouble with the NDLEA because I know that having Indian hemp in my possession is a crime; but he assured me that there would be no problem.
“Eventually, I agreed to help Moses keep the 59 bags of hemp. And I stayed at home so that thieves would not steal them again. I didn’t know how the NDLEA operatives knew about it. They came to my house and discovered the bags of hemp. I tried to escape, but they got me. I called Moses and told him that I have been arrested but I have not heard from him,” she narrated.
The NDLEA commander told our correspondent that after thorough investigation, the suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.