A 53-year-old man, Vwang David, has been apprehended by the Niger State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency with 218 kilogram of weed suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.
David was arrested along the Mokwa-Jebba Road while attempting to escape in his Toyota Camry car in which bags of the suspected illicit drug were concealed.
According to officials of the NDLEA in Minna, the suspect had been parading himself as a soldier in order to beat security operatives.
Punch Metro reports that David refused to stop when flagged down at the Jebba control post, resulting in a t chase by the men of the NDLEA.
Northern City News gathered that the alleged fake soldier ran out of luck when his car crashed few kilometres to Mokwa, where he was eventually arrested.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the illicit drug, which was neatly loaded in the booth of the car.
The state Commander of the NDLEA, Mrs Ekaeke Egwunwoke, who paraded the suspect before journalists in Minna on Tuesday, said his arrest was as a result of intelligence at the disposal of the operatives.
Egwunwoke noted that it was discovered that the suspect had been using the route for the illegal activity for some time and that he was always dressed in a military uniform in order to evade arrest.
In an interview with Punch Metro, the suspect said, “I am not the owner of the car; my friend sent me to deliver the car to his wife in Minna.
“I did not know what was in the booth of the car; I have never seen Indian hemp in my life; this is my first time of seeing it. I regret my action; it is my friend that pushed me into this trouble.”
David further claimed that his friend, who was in another car, ran away when he was arrested.
The suspect said he took off from Lafenwa in Ogun State and was heading to Minna in Niger State.
The state NDLEA commander said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.