*Suspected drug lords in territorial war, one hospitalised
By Susan Edeh
BAUCHI â€” The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Bauchi State Command, has arrested 10 suspects with substances suspected to be Indian hemp, weighingÂ 226.410kg which amounts to over N100 million.
Meanwhile, three major dealers of the banned drug have now engaged each other in territorial supremacy battle which has landed one of them, Ibrahim Umar in the hospital with serious cuts on his body.
Parading the suspects and their substances before newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Bauchi Wednesday, the State Commander, Sule Momodu, said that the suspects were arrested at various points in the state while trying to sell the dangerous drugs to users who were mostly youths.
He said the situation wasÂ now becoming alarming, considering that political activities are gradually heating up. Sule Momodu also said that the State Police Command had been of great assistance to his agency as some of the suspects were arrested by men of the Police Force and were handed over to the NDLEA for prosecution.
According to him, it is only the Agency that has the legal backing to go to court over hard drugs related issues in the country.
He explained that the development in the state had taken a new dimension as three major dealers of the substance are now engaged in a running battle in their bid to stamp their authority in Bauchi metropolis lamenting that unless something urgent was done, the new dimension will not augur well for the youth.
He said, â€œalready Bauchi metropolis has been divided into three, ruled by each of Ibrahim Umar, Sirajo Yakubu and Dan Bagobira. Only last weekend, they engaged each other in a war of who is in control which has led to serious machete injuries inflicted on Ibrahim Umar who is presently receiving treatment at the Bauchi Specialist Hospital.â€
The NDLEA boss said that his men were on the trail of the other two dealers, assuring that very soon they will be apprehended as according to him, â€œwe are closing in on them. You can see the critical condition of Ibrahim Umar. They are trying to turn Bauchi into another Mexico, and we will not allow that here.â€
He then called on parents to closely monitor their wards and children so that they will not fall into the hands of overzealous politicians who normally buy the hard drugs and give them to the youths during political rallies so they can use the youths for selfish ambitions.
Some of the suspects, who spoke to journalists, regretted their actions and promised that as soon as they got out of their present predicament they will not go back to the hard drug business.