A driver of a truck loaded with 30 cartons of tramadol dissembled in vehicle’s spare parts, accosted by policemen attached to Trade-Fair Division, Lagos State Police Command, said he was paid N70,000 to transport the drugs.
The driver and his conductor were arrested with the drug during a stop-and-search operation on the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway.
Conversing with journalists during their parade, yesterday, by the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, the driver, Ekwe Ejike, said the shipment was set up by a client named Ejike, who wanted them transported to their customers here in Lagos.
The driver said he travels to different parts of the country to load goods for clients, which he delivers to the designated locations. According to him, clients engage his service to deliver their goods to Lagos and have given the Police all the details of Mr. Ejike, who paid him to make the delivery.
The number of the owner of the goods is boldly written on the bag which contained the drugs. The driver said he is unaware his client hid tramadol inside the bag, the rest goods are spare parts. Other goods inside the truck belong to other clients, his client Mr Ejike told him it is motor spare parts he packed inside the bags.
Speaking on how they were arrested, the Commissioner of Police said, June 29, a team of policemen attached to Trade-fair Division while on a stop-and-search operation, intercepted a Scania 220 truck with number plates ‘FST-450-OD’, loaded with 30 cartons of tramadol 100mg capsules, neatly concealed under motor spare parts.
In spite of the fact that the drugs were carefully concealed, the eagle-eyed Police operatives were able to detect the illegal consignment. The driver of the truck and his conductor were arrested and the truck recovered for further investigation.
The Commissioner of Police reiterated that the Command will not rest on its oars until the streets are rid of hard drugs.
The reward for hard work is hard work. Our children must be saved from the evil effects of illicit drugs and suspects will definitely be taken to court.