NDLEA gives drivers ultimatum to produce suspects

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has given the operators of the Akure Motor Park in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti, 48 hours to produce three drug suspects some hoodlums at the park prevented its officials from arresting on Tuesday.

The Ekiti State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Bamidele Akingbade, gave the ultimatum in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.

The statement read, “At about 13:30 hours, some commercial drivers led by their officials moved against officers of the command after arresting three suspected hard drug dealers operating at the park and demanded their release.

“The drivers attacked the officers using dangerous weapons thereby damaging our two vehicles. Some of the officers sustained injuries in the process.

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“The command hereby debunks the rumour making the rounds that some persons were allegedly shot during the incident.

“The command is hereby giving the officials of the park a 48-hour ultimatum to produce the three suspects.”

When contacted on the phone, the state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Chief Julius Jegede, denied the allegation.

He said the union neither encourage use of hard drugs nor harbour those peddling them.

Meanwhile, the NDLEA on Wednesday said it had arrested 3,028 drug suspects between January and April this year.

The agency which had publicly destroyed a total of 20,204.477kgs of forfeited narcotics since January 2012 also stated that it had seized 66, 273.781kgs of illicit drugs from drug cartels.

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The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said this at a press conference to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The theme of the event was “Global action for Healthy Communities Without Drugs.”

He identified broken marriages, unemployment, and accidents as few of the effects of the illicit drugs and advised relevant stakeholders to partner with the agency in its campaign against the menace.

He warned that it would not be in the interest of the country if Nigerians did not support the campaign against drug trafficking.

Also speaking, the Country Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Mariam Sissoko, said the body would draft a framework that would further address drug trafficking among member nations.

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She called for a collective and balanced effort to address the crime, stressing that the fight against drugs could not be won by individual nations.

Sissoko said, “There is need for international collaboration to fight drug trafficking. The UN conventions of 61, 71 and 88 have tried different operations to address this menace but UNODC is planning to draft out a framework to further curb it.”

Source – Punch

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