By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
A suspect teenager, Joel Olubare aged 17, who was nabbed with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian Hemp has said that the bag of weed was given to him by his grandfather.
Joel who claimed to be in SS3 said he was sent away from school because of his inability to pay school fees.
He was among some suspects paraded by the Edo State Police Command.
Joel who was arrested at a brothel at Lampese where he apparently went to sell the drug said his grandfather rather gave him the drugs to sell.
According to him, “I am not a cultist. I am in SS3 and I also do aluminum work. I was driven from school because of school fees. I went to ask my grandfather for school fees and he gave him the Indian Hemp to hold.
“It is my grandfather that is into the business. I went to see him for my school fees and he asked me to wait and that I should leave for school tomorrow. They called him for a meeting and gave me the Indian Hemp. My grand father knows how much he makes from the business.”
The police also paraded a dreaded suspected cultist, Emmanuel Ogbemudia, who the police said has engaged in series of cult related killings within Third East Circular and Ogie areas in Benin City.
Emmanuel was arrested while on a revenge mission to kill rival cultist and items recovered from him included two locally made guns, two live cartridges and one battle axe.
Edo Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, said the suspects would soon be charged to court.