Operatives of the NDLEA have arrested two fake policemen, who were conveying 50 bags of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 685 kilograms, along Okpella-Okene road.
The fake policemen who were arrested in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, operated with a black Toyota Hiace bus, marked Ondo AKR 392 LZ and labelled with stickers of the emblem of the Nigeria Police.
Speaking to newsmen on the arrest of the suspects, Edo State Commander of the agency, Mr. Buba Wakawa who identified the fake policemen as one Matthew Onumba and Ojukwu Henry, described them as members of a drug syndicate specialized in smuggling cannabis from the South to North-West region of the country.
According to NDLEA Boss, the bus had reportedly taken off from Uzebba, in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state, enroute to Kaduna State, when it was intercepted during a search operation by officers of the agency. It was gathered that the arrested suspects, also attached a siren to the vehicle in a bid to evade security checks by the police.
“The black bus (Toyota), with tainted glass, had a siren and police stickers both at the front and rear to deceive unsuspecting members of the public as well as security personnel. It has all the paraphernalia of an official police vehicle but all is a ruse.
“So much has been invested into this operation and I am glad that our efforts have been rewarded” he said.