An army personnel, Yusuf Adams, attached to the Nigerian Army 145 Battalion, Abia State has been arrested by the Bauchi State Police Command for possessing 81 parcels of cannabis.
It was learnt that the soldier was arrested during a stop-and-search operation in Bauchi.
Parading the suspect on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Bauchi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Sanda, said his men intercepted a Toyota Highlander vehicle driven by the suspect who was presently on Development course at the Nigerian Army School of Environmental and Science Technology, Benue State.
He said: “Upon my assumption of office as the Commissioner of Police, the command’s efforts in curbing the tides of crimes and criminality in the state have remained unwavering.
“Through professionalism and credible intelligence gathering, we have continued to execute our statutory mandate and have recorded remarkable successes in policing Bauchi State for our common good.
“On 06/02/2022 at about 1200hrs, our Safer Highway Patrol along Bauchi-Darazo road, Bauchi State while on routine Stop and Search intercepted a Toyota Highlander vehicle driven by one Yusuf Gongpolai Adams.
“He said that he is attached to Nigerian Army 145 Battalion, Abia State and is presently on Development course at the Nigerian Army School of Environmental and Science Technology Benue State. A thorough search was conducted and eighty-one (81) parcels of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis were found in his possession.
“During the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime. Exhibits recovered from the suspect include; eighty-one (81) parcels of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis, one pair of army uniforms, two Michelin tyres, one Army helmet, one bag containing some clothes and some charms.
“Meanwhile investigation is ongoing after which suspect will be handed over to NDLEA,” he added.
Meanwhile, the suspect said he was unaware that he was carrying the contraband in his vehicle at the time of the arrest.