The Niger State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, on Saturday, said it had arrested a 15-year-old boy, identified as Umar Alhassan, for allegedly supplying cannabis (otherwise known as Indian hemp) to residents close to Minna, the state capital.
Alhassan was said to have been arrested along Gidan Mongoro Bida Road with fake N1,000 and N500 bills amounting to N3,500, in addition to the drugs and a matchbox.
The minor told SUNDAY PUNCH that he had been using the currency and that he was not aware the money was fake.
He further claimed that the money was given to him as payment for his services and that the drugs found on him were not his because, according to him, he had stopped smoking.
The suspect pleaded for clemency, saying he had just been released from the remand home in Minna.
The State Commandant, NSCDC, Philip Ayuba, said the suspect would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further investigation.
Ayuba advised parents to always monitor their children’s activities and whereabouts and to ensure that they were not engaged in “evil things” that would destroy their future.