Press statement from Lagos state Rapid Response
Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad
(RRS) acted on a tip-off from Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode and arrested a gang of
narcotic specialist with eighteen sacks full
Indian-hemp. The four suspects that were
apprehended were Quadri Jimoh, 23,
Tajudeen Busari, 33, Ukowa Udomma, 34, and
Yakubu Mudashiru, 30. One man later
identified as Olumide (a.k.a. Aroso), the gang
leader, who also deals in various drug
According to the memo, the gang has been
terrorizing Oyingbo-Otto and its environs. Two of
the suspects, Quadri Jimoh and Tajudeen Busari,
insisting that they are victims of circumstances as
they know nothing about the Indian-hemp found
in the building.
Jimoh who lives at 15, Atitebi Street, Oyingbo, said
that he was on his way to buy medications for his
pregnant wife. “I am a bus conductor. My wife
who is six-month pregnant called me to buy some
prescribed medications for her. And on my way
going to the pharmacy, I saw people running
helter-skelter and I also ran with them. But
unfortunately for me, I was caught by the
policemen,” the suspect explained.
On his own, Tajudeen Busari, a native of Kwara
State in Ilorin, said that he was just passing
through around the area where the eighteen
sacks of Indian-hemp were recovered. “I was just
a passer-by when I saw people running for their
lives. And I also ran too before these policemen
intercepted me,” he added.
However, the other two arrested
suspects,confessed to the Police that they are not
the actual dealers of the drug, but they only
smoke. They identified Olumide, who is now at
large, as dealer of the recovered Indian-Hemp.
According to Uduma, “I went there to buy Indian-
hemp before I found myself inside the police net.
As a fashion designer, I came to Lagos about two
years ago to eking out for livelihood.”
While Yakubu Mudashiru, whose house gutted
fire some years ago, confessed that he is a regular
visitor to the house where the drugs were found.
“I have nowhere to stay after my house was razed
down by fire. Since then, I have been sleeping
inside Motor Park in Oyingbo. Truly, I went there
to smoke on the fateful day,” he confessed.
The general public are hereby advised to always
furnish Police with timely and effective
information. The suspects have been transferred
to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) For Fürther interrogation.
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