Anambra task force arrests 35 drug suspects, others

The Anambra State Special Joint Task Force on Security has arrested about 35 persons suspected to be engaging in various crimes such as illegal drug peddling and other criminalities in the state.

The suspects were arrested at different locations by the task force led by men of Operation Clean and Health Anambra (OCHA Brigade) in collaboration with the Anambra Vigilance Group.

They were arrested in connection with drug peddling and Indian hemp smoking, extortion of money from motorists, picking pockets, and engaging in “one chance” activities, among others.

Speaking on the arrest, the Public Relations Officer of OCHA Brigade, Mr Anthony Agbafune, said the agency carried out the exercise in order to keep the state healthy and clean for the residents to live.

He said, “We have the mandate of Governor Charles Soludo to sanitise the state and make it habitable. The suspects will be transferred to the appropriate authority for arraignment.

“We will soon move those suspects involved in drugs to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Police, and the Ministry of Justice for necessary actions. Our job is to pick the defaulters, document them, and move them to the appropriate agency for necessary action.

“The agency is determined and committed to eradicating the state of all nuisance in line with the governor’s dream of a clean and healthy Anambra State. A lot of positive things have happened in clearing Anambra of bad eggs.”

Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects, identified as Mike Agara, said he smoked Indian hemp but did not sell it, adding that the substance was found in his room.

According to him, the Indian hemp found in his room did not belong to him but to his brother who sells them.

Another suspect, Ikene Eze, admitted that he deals with mkpurumiri (crystal meth) the supply of which he said he received from Imo State.

According to Eze, he became involved in the drug business due to unemployment and confessed to selling the drug to truck drivers who used it when driving at night to avoid sleeping.

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