Police in Abia said it had apprehended a 27-year old man suspected to be trafficking in illicit drugs.
Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Onyeke Udeviotu, said the suspect was nabbed by the Anti-Robbery Squad of Aba Area Command, with substance suspected to Indian hemp and weighing 50 kilograms.
He said that the man was caught on Saturday in Aba on his way to deliver the substance to a yet-to-be-identified receiver in Umuobiakwa Village in Obingwa Local Government Area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the Aba area command got information that the substance was being ferried from Benin, Edo, and quickly took measures to track down the suspect said to hail from Isiala Mbano in Imo.
It was learnt that the anti-robbery squad chased the tricycle conveying the suspect and the consignment to a bush where he tried to hide the drug when the tricycle developed problem.
A police source told NAN that the operator of the tricycle escaped on sighting policemen, leaving the suspect who was therefore arrested and taken to the area command office in Aba.
The source said that the suspect confessed to have started trafficking in Indian hemp after he lost his father in 2015.
Udeviotu said that the suspect had been handed to the Abia Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).