Man arrested for using sandals to smuggle cannabis into Abuja prison

Man smuggles cannabis into Abuja prison

Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), FCT Command, has arrested a visitor to the Kuje Prison, Clement Jacob, for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal substance into the prison’s premises.

Spokesman of the command, Chukwuedo Humphrey, in a statement on Tuesday said the substance was suspected to be sativa cannabis (Indian hemp).

Mr Chukwuedo said the substance was concealed in sandals that were to be delivered to an inmate of Kuje Medium Security Prison, Emeka Onyejikacki.

The inmate, Chukwuedo said, was in prison custody over possession of hard drugs.

“Inspector Hussain Ibrahim, the officer in charge of the visit area, noticed the quick exchange of footwear and requested for another search after the visiting session was over.

“It was during the search that Ibrahim carefully tore open the foot of the sandals thereby exposing the illegal transaction,” he said.

The spokesman said that upon interrogation, the suspect pleaded ignorance and claimed that a woman named Mrs Emeka called him to assist her in paying Onyejikacki a visit.

He also said that Jacob told officers that he was instructed to exchange his footwear with the inmate before leaving the premises.