Nigerian Prisons Services officials, NPS, have foiled an attempt by a woman to smuggle cannabis sativa, popularly called Indian hemp into Ikoyi Prisons.
The woman whose husband is detained at the facility, was said to have attempted to capitalise on humanitarian service providers and inmates’ relations’ visit to bring in the illicit drug.
The woman allegedly concealed the illicit drug, which weighed about 930 grammes, in four big tomato tins. She was caught when officials at the gate insisted on a thorough check of every item brought into the prison. When the tomato tins were opened, Indian hemp, a phone, and a sim card were discovered.
The Deputy Controller of Prisons (DCP), Ikoyi Prisons, Tolu Ogunsakin, has begun an investigation to determine if the woman’s husband was involved in the matter.
Lagos State Controller of Prisons (CP) Tunde Ladipo told The Nation that the suspect would not escape justice. He expressed surprise that a woman, under the guise of humanitarian service, could attempt to smuggle Indian hemp into the prison.
Ladipo said the prison was not taking the matter lightly, adding that those found culpable will not be spared. He also revealed that the woman has been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).