Peter Dada, Akure
The Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a 95-year-old man, James Salihu for dealing in cannabis sativa popularly known as Indian hemp.
Salihu was arrested on Wednesday by NDLEA detectives at Supare Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the
A source in the NDLEA command stated that the suspect was apprehended following a tip-off from the community.
He said “Salihu is a notorious drug addict and he has been operating in that community for many years without being caught but this time around, he could not escape arrest of the NDLEA officers.”
The source however disclosed that the nonagenarian was not in good health condition, which made the command to grant him an administrative bail with a doctor detailed to monitor and attend to him. He insisted that the suspect would be prosecuted in line with the law.
“He would be transferred to Akure as soon as his health condition is stable for onward prosecution at the court of law. Nobody is above the law, irrespective of age, sex or social class. He has been arrested for a criminal offence and it is only the court that could prove him guilty or otherwise,” the source noted.
In his reaction, the State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Haruna Gagara, who confirmed the development, described the suspect as an irresponsible old man who failed to live an exemplary life worthy of emulation of the young ones.
The commander stated that the suspect would face prosecution as soon as he was confirmed fit by the medical doctor.