As many as five suspected criminals dealing in Indian hemp, have been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command.
The state Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ogundare, disclosed this on Sunday.
Ogundare said men of the police Rapid Response Squad, in conjunction with operatives of the state Amotekun Corps, arrested one man identified as Monday during a stop-and-search operation.
The police commissioner, in a statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said the suspect, who was arrested along Uso Road, Ise-Ekiti, had in his possession one locally-made pistol and two live cartridges.
He added, “During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he is an Indian hemp dealer who engages in the cultivation of the weeds at Ise-Ekiti Forest and other nefarious activities.
“He mentioned four others – ThankGod, Lucky, Wisdom and Samuel – as his criminal allies and led the police team to their hideouts in Ise-Ekiti Forest.”
The commissioner said items recovered from the suspects included “one locally-made single barrel gun, four cartridges, a large quantity of seeds and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.”