CITY NEWS NDLEA in­ter­cepts bus car­ry­ing In­dian hemp Stake­hold­ers tackle Can­dido on AMAC mar­shals

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Abaji Com­mand of the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) on Satur­day morn­ing in­ter­cepted a lux­ury bus car­ry­ing a bag con­tain­ing sub­stance sus­pected to be In­dian hemp near the Army check­point at Abaji, on the Abuja-Lokoja road.

A source with the NDLEA who pre­ferred anonymity con­fided in our re­porter yes­ter­day that the Marco Polo bus was in­ter­cepted dur­ing a stop and search op­er­a­tion.

He said the of­fi­cials were on pa­trol and de­cided to stop the bus, on which they found the sub­stance in a black poly­thene bag and con­cealed in­side a car­ton.

“So it was in the process of bring­ing out some of the load in­side the bus that one of the car­tons sealed with cel­lotape was opened and In­dian hemp was dis­cov­ered sealed in a black poly­thene bag,” he said.

He said af­ter the dis­cov­ery, the bus driver was asked to drive to the com­mand of­fice in the area, where the bus was im­pounded, while pas­sen­gers on board alighted and looked for al­ter­na­tive means of trans­porta­tion to their des­ti­na­tions.

He said the sub­stance had been taken to the FCT com­mand, while the bus was still at the Abaji unit com­mand.

When con­tacted, the Abaji com­man­dant of the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA), Ahmed Abubakar Wali, could not be reached for com­ment, as his phone was not con­nect­ing at the time of fil­ing this re­port yes­ter­day. Leader of the FCT Stake­hold­ers’ Fo­rum, Am­bas­sador Ayuba Ja­cob Ng­bako, has chal­lenged the chair­man of the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) to make the roles of the newly con­sti­tuted AMAC Mar­shals pub­lic to avoid mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

Ng­bako, a for­mer Nige­rian en­voy to the Gam­bia and cur­rently the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Man­age­ment Ser­vices, in­sisted that the for­ma­tion of the newly cre­ated force did not pass through the leg­isla­tive process of the coun­cil.

He fur­ther warned the chair­man of what he called the at­ten­dant dan­ger the force would in­stil in the lives of al­ready suf­fer­ing res­i­dents of the coun­cil, adding that the chair­man should have con­sulted widely, es­pe­cially with the stake­hold­ers, who have ma­jor roles to play in terms of pol­icy for­ma­tion of the coun­cil.

“I am much aware that the cre­ation of such force did not pass through leg­isla­tive process and stake­hold­ers were not in­vited to air their opin­ions on the cre­ation of such body.

“We are also not com­fort­able with such de­ci­sions be­cause it will tell on our peo­ple, so we want the chair­man to ex­plain rea­son be­hind the body with­out leg­isla­tive back­ing,’’ he said.

He then called on the chair­man to al­ways re­late with the leg­isla­tive arm of the coun­cil be­fore cre­at­ing any or­gan of the govern­ment and also seek the opin­ions of the stake­hold­ers be­fore com­ing up with pol­icy that would have di­rect im­pact on the peo­ple of the coun­cil.

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