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NDLEA invades ‘drug party’ in Abuja, arrests 60 suspects


NDLEA invades ‘drug party’ in Abuja, arrests 60 suspects

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has interrupted a ‘drug party’ in Abuja, arresting 60 suspects at the venue.

NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday said that the Friday party was dubbed: “Go hard or Go Home, Pick Your Poison”, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“The suspects comprised of 25 males and 35 females; they were arrested at an apartment in Sun City estate in the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.

He said that the raid followed credible intelligence about the drug party organised by one Stanley Ikechukwu, who was arrested at the venue.

“Six of the suspects – Victoria Adoga, Hamza Yari, Joanne Essein, Socchima Valentine Jago Imole and Charles Indobuibisi – were arrested with different quantities of ecstasy and cannabis.

“The NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, has directed that 20 of the suspects, who tested negative to drugs, be released unconditionally.

“Thirty-three others, who tested positive to illicit drugs, were to be released on bail and will report at the FCT Command of the agency on Monday, to begin treatment and counselling,” he said.

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In another development, four suspects – Endurance Okon, 24, Joseph Michael, 23, Ovoco Bright, 43, and Goday Abanum, 23, have been arrested in a forest at Ugun, Igueben Local Government in Edo State.

“They were arrested on Saturday, June 29, when NDLEA operatives raided and destroyed 18,632.22 kilograms of cannabis on a 7.452 hectares of farmland,” he explained.

Babafemi said that no less than 40.32kg of Loud, an imported strong strain of cannabis was, on Friday, June 28, recovered in a vehicle along Lekki-Ikoyi road.

This, he said, was when the driver jumped off the vehicle after noticing that NDLEA operatives were on his trail.

He said that commands and formations of the agency across the country had continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), sensitisation activities to schools, worship centres, work places and communities in the past week.

Among areas visited for the WADA enlightenment are First Technical University, Ibadan, Government Day Secondary School, Yola, and Ezeike High School, Nibo, in Anambra, among others.

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