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NDLEA begins manhunt for Ariaria Market suspected drug kingpins



The suspect, Ogbonna

A MANHUNT by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for suspected drug kingpins at the Ariaria market in Aba, Abia State may have started yielding positive results as Emmanuel Ogbonna, a 32-year-old man alleged to be a major distributor of narcotics and a conspirator in the Ariaria market attacks on narcotic officers has been apprehended by the agency.

The Agency also declared another suspected drug kingpin identified as ‘Luther King’ wanted, promising a handsome reward for anyone with useful information on the suspect.

NDLEA Abia State Commander, Mr. Dele Akingbade, disclosed that one of the leading distributors has been caught. According to Akingbade: “The command traced and arrested one Emmanuel Ogbonna with 16 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 147kg.

The drug was concealed inside the boot of his Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. ATN 219 TP, meant for supply to his customers”. Preliminary investigation by the NDLEA, according to the spokesman of the agency, Mitchel Ofoyeju reveals that the drug dealers were in a hurry to resume illegal drug sales to make up for lost sales following the incident of mob attack on NDLEA officers at a notorious drug area called Black Kingdom.

A team of surveillance officers from the Abia Command, based on a tip-off, trailed the suspect to his hotel. After a long wait, the suspect was tracked down in his Toyota Camry.

Attempts by the suspect to raise a false alarm by driving recklessly within the hotel premises was foiled and 16 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 147kg were found in his car.

Chairman of the Agency, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, assured residents of Aba that the manhunt by NDLEA for drug dealers at the Ariaria market will continue until all culprits are brought to justice.

His words: “A comprehensive investigation into the Ariaria market drug incident has commenced. Our manhunt for drug barons involved in the incident is already yielding good result.

My promise is that all drug kingpins shall be arrested, prosecuted and the notorious area known as Black Kingdom dislodged. The NDLEA is deeply committed to the protection of lives and property”. The NDLEA boss added that the Agency would go the extra mile in protecting lives and property in Abia State.

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