By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Abia State command has arrested a notorious major supplier of illicit drugs in the state yesterday.
The 38-year-old supplier, Chibuike Apolos, was arrested during an early morning raid of his hideout at Mbausi in Isialangwa North area of the state.
According to a statement issued yesterday by Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Babafemi “Apolos has been on the wanted list of the Abia State Command of the NDLEA since February following the arrest of one Chima Ukeleonu, the suspect behind the video that went viral in January 2021, showing a young man hawking illicit drugs on the street.
“Following his arrest, the Abia State government has already marked his house that serves as his hideout for demolition.”
Meanwhile, the commander, Abia State command, NDLEA, Bamidele Akingbade said the command has been on Apolos’ trail since February this year.
“Fortunately we got a tip-off that he just received some quantities of cannabis from Edo state.
“Notwithstanding the tense security situation in the south east especially Abia State, the command embarked on the operations which culminated in the arrest of one Chibuike Apolos with ten (10) bags of cannabis weighing 100kg, 1.6 grammes of cocaine, 1 gramme of heroin and 5 grammes of methamphetamine.
“The suspect is one of the major suppliers of illicit drugs in Abia State especially in the Isialangwa communities. The State governor has been notified and his building has been marked for demolition,” Akingbade said.
In another development, the Taraba State command of the agency arrested 61-year-old Lawan Gambo Umar for trafficking 58.50kg of cannabis sativa.
According to the state commander, NDLEA, Suleiman Ajadi, “The suspect was taking the skunk concealed inside sacks of beans chaff used to feed animals to Fune in Yobe State when our men intercepted him.”
Reacting to these developments, the anti-narcotics agency boss, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the Abia and Taraba commands of the agency for the seizures and arrests while urging them to sustain the current tempo of offensive action to rid the country of illicit substances.
“No doubt, the volume that has been seized in these two operations is less the kilogramme meant for our towns and communities. I therefore urge our officers and men across all the commands all over the country to continue to smoke all the elements involved in this criminal trade out of their hiding places,” Marwa said.