Two Nigerians have been arrested in Accra for allegedly attempting to transport parcels of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp to Cote d’Ivoire and an unknown location.
The police gave the names of the suspects as Chuku Nwube Ebuka, 34, a sales assistant and Keji Omotosho, 20, unemployed.
Briefing newsmen in Accra, the Deputy Accra Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Timothy Y. Bonga, said the police received information at midnight on October 28, about the attempt to transport substances suspected to be narcotics from Arena and Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
He said police personnel were quickly detailed to the scene and at Arena, Ebuka was arrested with a big black plastic bag which was packed with 17 compressed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
Ebuka claimed ownership of the content of the bag and told the police that he was sending them to Cote d’Ivoire.
Though Ebuku could not tell his source of the substance, the police said they would continue with their investigation and process the suspect for court.
In the case of Omotsoho, another Nigerian, Mr Bonga said a man who saw the suspect carrying two bags became suspicious after observing his demeanour while he(suspect) was trying to board a commercial vehicle, which was heading for Accra.
The suspect upon being approached by the complainant was not ready to disclose the content of the bag but he was forced to open one of them.
Bonga said the compressed slabs of the dried leaves started falling to the surprise of others who had been attracted to the scene.
The police were able to retrieve six slabs of the compressed dried leaves in the bag and the suspect was subsequently arrested and escorted to the Regional Police headquarters with the suspected narcotics.
Meanwhile at the police station, the other bag was opened and an additional eight slabs were retrieved.