Police Foil Attempted Smuggling of 16 Bags of Suspected Indian Hemp, Arrest Two Suspects

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By Muhammadu Sabiu

The Niger State Police Command has successfully thwarted an attempt to smuggle sixteen bags of suspected Indian hemp to Ndayako village in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

Two individuals, Auta Umar Saidu (25) and Mohammed Bala (52), both residents of Mokwa, have been apprehended in connection with the operation, which came to light following diligent work by operatives attached to the Mokwa Division.

The incident occurred on September 6, 2023, when police officers acted upon credible intelligence.

According to the State Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who issued a statement on the matter, Auta Umar Saidu was intercepted and detained at Muwo village during his attempt to transport the 16 bags of suspected Indian hemp to Ndayako village.

Upon further investigation and questioning, Auta Umar Saidu admitted that he had been dispatched by Mohammed Bala to receive the bags from a certain Lawali, who had brought the contraband items from Ondo State.

Subsequent inquiries revealed that both Auta and Mohammed had been involved in this illicit trade for nearly eight months.

Following their apprehension, the suspects, Auta Umar Saidu and Mohammed Bala, were transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Minna. They have since been arraigned in court to face prosecution for their involvement in the illegal trafficking of narcotics.

This successful operation by the Niger State Police Command has been met with relief and approval from the local community as the police continue to combat drug-related crimes in the region.

The authorities remain committed to maintaining peace and security in Niger State, and this latest arrest reflects their determination to curtail the flow of illegal substances within the state.

The investigation into the origin and distribution network of the suspected Indian hemp is ongoing, as law enforcement agencies work to dismantle such criminal operations.

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