The Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has apprehended one Ekennah Okechuku for allegedly transporting more than 60 cartons containing Indian Hemp into Kano State, Northwest Nigeria.
In a statement issued by Nabilusi Abubakar Kofar Na’isa, the KAROTA Spokesperson in Kano on Wednesday, Okechukwu upon arrest, was discovered to be on the wanted list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano State Command, for a similar offence.
While handing over the suspect to the Commander, NDLEA, Dr Ibrahim Abdul,
the Managing Director, KAROTA, Baffa Babba Dan’agundi, said his agency recently ordered the relocation of Sabon Gari Luxury Buses Park due to a report of such crimes committed using such vehicles.
He said the order was beginning to yield the intended results as some of the luxury bus companies were cooperating with KAROTA to expose persons or groups transporting prohibited items into Kano State using their services.
He warned that any company whose driver or his boys were found to be conniving with unscrupulous individuals to commit crime in the state, such vehicle would be seized and the company expelled from Kano State.
Reacting, the Commander, NDLEA, Kano Command, Abdul, expressed gratitude to KAROTA for the synergy between the two agencies which led to the arrest of the suspect.
He said NDLEA earlier intercepted two consignments belonging to the same person, who had employed the tactic of concealing exhibits in unsuspecting packs and moving them in a separate vehicle and so made it difficult to effect his arrest.
The suspect who hails from Imo State, Southeast Nigeria, has since confessed to the crime, the KAROTA spokesman said, adding that he was transporting the drugs from Lagos to Kano to supply customers.