CHINEDU WOSU, YENAGOA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Bayelsa State Command has arrested two youths along the Mbiama Community, Rivers state, for illegal possession of arms.
The Command said one AK 47 automatic rifle and one English made double barreled pump action gun were recovered from the suspects during the arrest.
NDLEA said the suspects were nabbed last Friday while smuggling the arms from Ughelli, Delta state to Rivers state for a token of Fifty Thousand Naira only from the paymaster who is now at large.
Briefing Newsman in Yenagoa, State Commander, NDLEA, Abdullahi Abdul said, the suspects were arrested by its motorized patrol team on a routine duty on Tuesday.
He insisted that the suspects will be transferred to the appropriate agency for further action after preliminary investigations, as the suspects would be charged to court after interrogations.
Similarly, the command said it has arrested 77 illicit drugs suspects in Bayelsa state from the month of October to November 2017.
The state commander said amongst the suspects are 54 male adults and 23 female adults.
Abdullahi Abdul said, a total of 124.342kg of different types of illicit drugs were recovered from the suspects.
He decried the abuse of Psychotropic substances in the state such as Tramadol, Codeine, Diazepam among others, noting that they are in high intakes in Bayelsa communities.
The commander declared that the increases in crime in the state are caused by the abuse of illicit drugs by youths
The NDLEA boss called on the Bayelsa state government to assist the command with logistics such as vehicles and boats to enable them fight the war against illicit drugs in rural communities.
Abdul said the provision of logistics will reduce the spate of crimes, killings, armed robberies and other violent crimes across the state.
The Commander also appealed to parents in the state to always advise their children on the dangers of illicit drugs, even as he advised traditional rulers and churches to assist in preaching against the use of illegal drugs in their communities.