A suspected drug baron, James Ameh (54), who was arrested by the Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has claimed that the Pump Action gun found on him was a collateral from a friend he loaned a sum of N80,000.
Ameh, who was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, was found in possession of a loaded Pump Action gun.
About 40 personnel of the NDLEA alongside officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) left Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, to arrest Ameh, who had been on the wanted list of the command for several months.
It was gathered that the suspect who was arrested in Igolijo, Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area, had 10 hectares of land where he cultivated cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).
Ameh who arrested alongside six other suspects, namely: Usman Bello, Eze Stanley, Innocent Ameh, Samuel Idoko, Ojima Ojo and Ekene Ukwueze.
The suspect who is also a native doctor denied ownership of the gun, saying that it served as collateral towards recovering his money.
“I am not the real owner of this Pump Action gun. It belongs to a friend who is owing me N80,000. I needed my money back urgently to do something with it. I am sorry, I never knew that having this in my house would put me into trouble. As for the issue of dealing on drugs and having hectares of land for cannabis, it is also not true”.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the arrest the head of the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA, Alhaji Idris Bello, said that the arrest of the suspect and his accomplices, was through information gathered by officers of the command.
He warned that anyone that is caught engaging in illegal drug business will be made to face the full wrath of the law, adding that the suspects will be charged to court at the end of investigation.