The combined troops of 4 Brigade and 32 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army Exercise Crocodile Smile IV have recovered eight guns and 725 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis.
The operation was in a joint operation with personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
This information was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, December 15th by Maj. Ojo Adenegan, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Benin.
Maj. Ojo Adenegan said that the recovery was made during a raid at Ivbiodohen Forest, in Ivibiodohen Village, 5 Kilometers from Uzebba community in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. He further explained that during the operation, the troops ransacked three different camps with warehouses at several points for storing marijuana.
He also added that in camp one, the combined troops recovered 19 jumbo bags, containing 32 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis, and 22 bags containing 10 blocks of same substance, eight locally made guns and another 18 bags containing the same substance, which are yet to be parked.
He then proceeded to review that in camp two, the troops recovered eight bags of substance suspected to be cannabis and discovered a suspected cannabis plantation. Maj. Ojo Adenegan also said that in camp three, the troops recovered 545 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis, arrested one suspect in connection with the crime and 113 jumbo bags of the substance suspected to be cannabis seeds.
He added that at the end of the operation, the camps were burnt, while the suspect, the eight locally made guns and samples of the substance suspected to be cannabis were handed over to the NDLEA for further action.
“We are once again using this medium to solicit for the general public cooperation in the area of information sharing on criminal activities within the State and its environs. The Nigerian Army will not relent on its effort at ensuring a peaceful Edo and environs,” he said.