Thursday, 13 April 2017

NDLEA parades 64 suspected drug dealers in Bayelsa


The Bayelsa State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has paraded 64 suspected illegal drug dealers. The suspects, 45 males and 19 females, were arrested between January and April, for dealing on cocaine, heroin, cannabis and other psychotropic drugs. The command also recovered one locally-made pistol, a revolver pistol, one hand grenade, five rounds of ammunitions and a handcuff from one of the suspects. Parading the suspects on Thursday in Yenagoa, the state Commander, NDLEA, Mrs. Josephine Obi, said they were nabbed in Ogbia, Yenagoa, East/West road area and Kaiama. She said the command impounded a Toyota Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) used in conveying illicit drugs from one of the suspects. She said over 239 persons were counseled on the dangers of using hard drugs. She said: “Smoking or using drugs is not good for the body and the country, but rather influences and individual to commit crimes and we appeal to parents to warn their children and wards to desist from drugs. “Drugs are not alcohol. They have negative effects on the individuals, talk to your neighbors and friends to shun taking drugs. A drug user is not primarily a criminal, but using drugs can push one to commits crimes.” Obi lamented that the command had not been able to prosecute any case in court, following the closure of the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, adding that the command’s cell was congested with inmates.

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