Police in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria have arrested a suspected drug dealer, Nnamuka Uchenna, for allegedly supplying narcotics to members of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) in the state.
According to Michael Abattam, the state police spokesperson, Uchenna was arrested on Tuesday, July 8, 2021, at his residence at Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area of the state where substances suspected to be cocaine valued at about N150 million were seized alongside a measuring scale.
Two other persons arrested alongside Uchenna were Chinedu Ukaegbulam, and Augustine Ete.
A report by The Nation also quoted the police as attributing the arrest of another drug kingpin, Obinna Ohaji, to intelligence collections.
Police said Ohaji was disguised as a driver in search of passengers in a Nissan Caravan bus but a large quantity of narcotics was recovered from the bus.
The driver was said to have confessed after being interrogated by the police, that the substance was given to him to deliver to an unknown lady at Elele in Rivers State, South-south Nigeria.
The arrest of Obinna, further led to the apprehension of the receiver, a 17- year-old girl who confessed to being the group’s supplier in the border between Imo and Rivers states.
Abattam added that the suspects were possibly the ones who distributed drugs to different terror camps across the state. He said investigation was ongoing to trace the source of the drugs into the state and also to arrest other members of the syndicate in hiding.
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