Olasupo Olabode, a 31-year old driver with the Ondo State Government and two women, 39-year old Rose Ossai and Grace Adejo are currently cooling off in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly using a Hilux pick-up belonging to the government of Ondo State to convey 316.65 kg of cannabis.
Street Journal gathered that the arrest of the trio was effected on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. They were transporting the illegal weed from Owo in Ondo State and their destination was Lagos.
The NDLEA Lagos State Commander, Aliyu Sule, disclosed that the group is made up of specialists in inter-state distribution of cannabis. He said “they operate cleverly and smoothly using official vehicles as a cover. We got the information and have been working hard to arrest them. We must work hard in making Lagos drug free.”
In the course of the interrogation of the suspects, it was found out that Olabode was not the official driver assigned to drive the vehicle involved. In the suspect’s confession, he stated that Ogidan Kayode, the official driver of that particular vehicle was the one that got him involved. Olabode alleged that his daughter was ill and he needed six thousand naira for her treatment. He said when he approached Ogidan for financial assistance, he agreed to help.
The help turned out to be that Olabode would drive the cannabis laden vehicle to Lagos for a fee. Narrating how he came about the vehicle, Olabode said “Ogidan drove his official vehicle to my house in Akure and told me to convey cannabis from Owo to Lagos. That was how I got involved. All I wanted was to take care of my sick child but unfortunately, we got arrested.”
Rose Ossai claimed to be a divorcee with four children while Grace Adejo said she is a widow with two children. Both reside in Lagos.
The NDLEA has disclosed that the the suspects will be charged to court soon.