Opinion

NDLEA Announces Arrest of Suspected Drug Kingpin

. . . Presents October Scorecard

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Anambra State Commander of National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Sule Momodu, has announced the arrest of another suspected illicit drug king pin whom, he said, has been on the wanted list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

Momodu stated this during the presentation of the command’s scorecard for the month of October at the Command’s headquarters, Awka, while briefing journalists on the activities of the Command in the month of October.

The State Commander gave the suspect’s name as Mr Ekene Okoye, alias Ezenwamadu. He said the suspect was one of the three major distributors of cannabis sativa otherwise called “Igbo” in Awka, adding that the suspect had been on the wanted lists of the Agency for years now.

He stated that with Mr Okoye’s arrest, they would be able to reduce the supply of the drugs within Awka and environs, noting that the second of the three drug lords died recently and the third, who for security reasons he did not disclose his name, would soon be in the net of the command.

On other activities of the agency in the month of October, the NDLEA boss announced that they arrested a total of twenty four suspects; all males, with well over forty-two-point-eight kilogrammes of drugs.

The NDLEA boss also disclosed that on the twenty-seventh of October, 2019, the State Command of the NDLEA had arrested a fifty-five year old suspected illicit drug trafficker from Nimo, Mr Charles Ajaoku, and several others.

He explained that out of the total quantities of illicit drugs recovered, Cannabis Sativa or “Igbo” comprised forty-two-point-seven-two-nine-five kilogrammes; while crystalline methamphetamine, popularly known in the local parlance as “mkpurumiri”, was zero-point-zero-seven-four-seven kilogrammes and heroin with about zero-point-zero-zero-one-one-kilogrammes.

Mr Momodu also revealed that NDLEA secured six convictions of different number of years for the month of October.

He warned all peddlers of hard drugs in the state to either retrace their steps, leave the state or face the wrath of the Law.

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