NDLEA battles unrepentant suspect
THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that 24 year-old re-arrested drug accused and armed robbery suspect, Ibik Emmanuel, is simply unrepentant. The agency described his re-arrest as a clear manifestation of the link between drugs and crime.
Ibik Emmanuel is on bail on a pending drug case at the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State. According to NDLEA spokesman, Mitchel Ofoyeju, officials of the NDLEA apprehended Ibik Emmanuel in 2013 during raid operation at Enugu Ukwu, Anambra State.
He was found with dried weeds of cannabis weighing 300 grammes and was immediately arraigned at the Federal High Court, Awka, with charge no is FHC/AWK/97C/2013. Ofoyeju said though Emmanuel is currently on bail, the matter is ongoing, as the Agency had presented two out of three witnesses.
“The re-arrest of Ibik Emmanuel on an alleged robbery case by the operatives of the Lagos State Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a validation of the link between drugs and crime. Drug is inextricably connected to crime because drug addicts commit crime in order to get money to sustain their drug habit.
In addition, criminal acts are perpetrated under the influence of drugs. “Emmanuel was arrested on February 23 at Lekki, where himself and one other at large allegedly snatched one Honda Accord car with registration no. EK 804 LSD, belonging to one Mrs. Dupe Agonoma at gunpoint. “Unfortunately for him, operatives from Maroko Police Station arrested him while his partner in crime escaped with the car,” he said.
He said the Agency would liaise with the Police authority to ensure that his pending drug case is pursued to logical conclusion. The prosecution has one witness left to close the case.
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