Officers of the Kuje Medium Security Prison in the Federal Capital Territory have arrested two sisters for attempting to smuggle substances suspected to be cannabis and Tramadol into the prison premises. The prime suspect, identified as Miss Blessing Chinwuba, allegedly concealed the prohibited items in a carton of neatly packed noodles, which she wanted to take into the prison.
She was arrested by vigilant officers at the prison’s gate before she could pass the items to an inmate, John Ifeanyichukwu. This was contained in a statement by the FCT Prisons Service Command spokesman, Humphrey Chukwuedo, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the prime suspect, who feigned ignorance of the contents of her illegal cargo during interrogation, claimed that the consignment was given to her by her younger sister, Victoria. Victoria, while corroborating her sibling’s claims, also said she was unaware of the contents of the consignment, which she said she merely collected from a courier service provider. The two suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Recall that according to a report by Punch Metro, a woman, Miss Ijeoma Franca, has been caught trying to smuggle substance suspected to be Indian hemp into the Medium Security Prisons, Kuje, Abuja. The substance concealed in a carton of biscuit was discovered during a routine search on visitors by the prison officers. The Federal Capital Territory Prison Command spokesman, Humphrey Chukwuedo, in a statement on Wednesday, stated that the suspect claimed during interrogation that one Daniel engaged her to deliver the package to his brother, Miracle Amechi, an inmate in Kuje prisons.
“During the interrogation, she claimed that one Mr Daniel had engaged her to take some package to his brother, Mr Miracle Amechi, who is an inmate in Kuje prisons and the package includes a carton of spicy biscuit, rolls of milk and milo, shirts and N2,500 and that she was ignorant of the real content of the carton of spicy biscuit,” Chukwuedo stated.
He added that Franca had been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further action. Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons, FCT Command, Sylvester Nwakuche, has warned visitors to the prison to shun smuggling of hard drugs to prison inmates and encouraging its use in whatever manner. He noted that the use of hard drugs not only compromised reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners but also had a debilitating effect on their health.
He further appealed to the general public to support “the doggedness of the prison authority headed by the Controller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Jafaru in ensuring that the aims of imprisonment is achieved in order to have a safe and sound society.”