Police in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria on Wednesday said they have arrested a 21-year-old man identified as Kabiru Mahmud with about 50 packages of Indian hemp.
Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, said Mahmud was apprehended while taking the substance from his family house to a hiding place at Danbare Quarters in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.
Kiyawa said the Command had, some days ago, received an intelligent report that Mahmud was sighted with a lot of sacks believed to be Indian hemp.
“When we received an intelligent report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Habu Ahmad Sani mobilized operation Puff Adder headed by O/C Anti-Daba, Bashir Muhammad Gwadabe to seize the substance and apprehend the suspect,” the police spokesperson said.
He added that the police has also captured the suspect’s uncle and his mother who instructed him to transfer the substance from her home, Gadon Kaya Quarters in Gwale Local Government Area to Danbare Quarters.
The suspect told police that his mother called and informed him that the police has arrested his father with a bunch of Indian hemp and he should rush and get rid of exhibits already kept at home to prevent police investigation and arrest.
Mahmud confirmed to police that his father has been in Indian hemp business for over 20 years.
“I called my friend at Danbare that I will bring the substance to his residence. My uncle called a tricycle rider, we uploaded the substance and moved it to Danbare,” he confessed.
“Upon our arrival, the operatives of Anti Daba arrested all of us.”
The Police Spokesperson revealed that the Commissioner of Police has directed the matter to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a thorough investigation and find out how the substance was illegally imported to Kano.
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