As part of efforts to reduce crime rates in Lagos State, policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command, on Sunday, 6th December, 2015, on a tip off from the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, arrested a gang of narcotic specialists with 18 sacks full of substance alleged to be Indian-hemp.
According to a release from RRS, the gang has been terrorising Oyingbo-Otto and its environs.
The RRS team was alerted by Governor Ambode and operatives of the team swung into action arresting the gang members.
The operatives during the special operation, apprehended four suspects: Quadri Jimoh, 23; Tajudeen Busari, 33; Ukowa Udomma, 34; and Yakubu Mudashiru, 30, while the alleged leader of the gang named Olumide aka Aroso, was able to escape.
Upon their arrival at the squad’s headquarters in Alausa, two of the suspects: Quadri Jimoh and Tajudeen Busari, insisting that they are victims of circumstances as they know nothing about the Indian-hemp found in the building.
Jimoh who lives at 15, Atitebi Street, Oyingbo, said that he was on his way to buy medications for his pregnant wife.
“I am a bus conductor. My wife who is six-month pregnant called me to buy some prescribed medications for her. And on my way going to the pharmacy, I saw people running helter-skelter and I also ran with them. But unfortunately for me, I was caught by the policemen”, the suspect explained.
On his own, Tajudeen Busari, a native of Kwara State in Ilorin, said that he was just passing through around the area where the six full sacks of Indian-hemp were recovered.
“I was just a passer-by when I saw people running for their lives. And I also ran too before these policemen intercepted me”, he added.
However, the other two arrested suspects, confessed to the Police that they are not the actual dealers of the drug but they only smoke, identifying Olumide, who is now at large, as dealer of the recovered Indian-Hemp.
“I went there to buy Indian-hemp before I found myself inside the police net. As a fashion designer, I came to Lagos about two years ago to ekingout for livelihood”, Uduma said.
While Yakubu Mudashiru, whose house gutted fire some years ago, confessed that he is a regular visitor to the house where the drugs were found.
“I have nowhere to stay after my housewas razed down by fire. Since then I have been sleeping inside Motor Park in OyingboTruly, I went there to smoke on the fateful day”, he confessed.
The RRS Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olatunji Disu, advised the general public to always furnish the Police with timely and effective information.
“With information from members of public, the work of the Policemen will be made easy. We cannot do it all alone as we rely much on the hints from the people”, Disu appealed.
The suspects have been transferred to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further interrogation.