ALBON’s Taskforce Hands Over 26 Parcels Of Cannabis To NDLEA In Anambra
Oct. 07, 2019
NNEWI – Transport workers at the popular Izuchukwu Motor Park, Down Flyover, Upper Iweka of axis of Onitsha, Anambra State were jolted yesterday when a task force set up by Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) found about 26 parcels of Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp) inside a luxury bus that was preparing to take passengers to the northern part of the country.
Each of the parcels, according to the task force, was wrapped with polythene bags and concealed and dumped at a corner of the luxury bus by a drug trafficker.
Displaying the parcels and bags to newsmen shortly before handing them over to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA, Onitsha Zonal Command, Chairman of ALBON Task Force, Uchenna Joe Maduakor, said when they found the bags, none of the passengers on board the luxury bus agreed that they belonged to him or her.
According to Maduakor, who is also the proprietor of Uchenna Motors, the rate at which peddlers concealed hard drugs inside luxury buses and then inform NDLEA officials, who then arrest the drivers and conductors and clamp them into detention extort as much as N1 million, has become too rampant that the task force members have been compelled to search all bags belonging to passengers boarding luxury buses inside motor parks.
Maduakor, who lamented that under such circumstances, the NDLEA officials had detained luxury buses belonging to GUO Transport Limited, Ifesinachi Transport Limited, Osinachi Motors Limited, Uchenna Motors, Chukwudalu Motors, Goodluck Motors, among others in the recent past and extorted money in each case before releasing the vehicles, said whenever such a situation occurred, NDLEA did not listen to their explanations.
Vice President of ALBON, Nonso Ubajaka, who confirmed the recovery of the exhibits, told newsmen that the association decided to set up the task force to investigate all luggages coming into the buses as a result of incessant planting of such exhibits inside the buses.
Ubajaka, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Izuchukwu Transport Limited, declared: “We suspect conspiracy between the drug traffickers and law enforcement agencies to undermine the existence of ALBON but it is our sincere desire to work together with law enforcement agencies instead of working at cross-purposes.”
In their separate speeches, Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke of the GUO Motors Limited; Chief Sebastine Udemba of Chiemezie Motors Limited, a trustee of ALBON and Chief Joseph Ejiofor of God’s Time Transport Services, ALBON’s National Task Force Chairman, regretted that their businesses were going down as a result of the menace.