The Federal Capital Territory police command has arrested a 20-year-old man identified as Abubakar Ishiaku with 20 bags of leaves suspected to be hemp.
He was said to have been spotted by a team of police during stop and search duty and fled.
A statement by the FCT Police Spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, said the man, who had been on the wanted list of the command, ran upon sighting policemen but was rearrested after investigation.
“A team of policemen attached to Dutse Alhaji Divisional Police Headquarters on an intelligence stop and search intercepted a vehicle driven by one Abubakar ishiaku, a 20-year-old male indigene of Kankara Local Government of Katsina State who has since been on the Command’s wanted list of drug peddlers,” the statement reads.
“The suspect who took to his heels upon sighting the policemen on duty on the said date was re-arrested on July 14, 2022, following painstaking investigation while 20 bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered. The suspects will be handed over to the NDLEA for prosecution.”
She also dispelled reports that terrorists had infiltrated the Federal Capital Territory and had their camps on the mountains.
Adeh said, “The command has also caught the wave of unofficial reports emanating from malicious or attention-seeking individuals, targeted at promoting fear and apprehension in the mind of residents, suggesting that the trerritory is under a high infiltration of terrorists who are hibernating on mountain tops and hills.
“While the police and their sister agencies are working relentlessly to rid the FCT of criminal elements, and to sustain the relative peace enjoined in the territory, members of the public are strongly urged to eschew the circulation of any message not from an official stable and to go about their lawful business without the fear of harassment or molestation of any kind.”