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NDLEA goes tough on drug barons

By Ifeanyi Okolie
Vows to fish out killers of their operative
Recently, drug barons ambushed security operatives, including NDLEA officers in their hideout at Owo, Ondo State.  Reports said eight of the operatives were sprayed with bullets and were rushed to a private hospital at the State Capital.

They included six policemen and two officials of NDLEA.  Those that went for the four hour -operation were 20 officials of NDLEA and 40 policemen and they were led by NDLEA officer, Polycap Dugba.

NDLEA boss: Ahmadu Gaide

The combined team of security operatives who were acting on a tip-off stormed the hideout of drug barons in Ehinogbe, only to be ambushed by gun-wielding youths hired by drug barons to keep vigil at the warehouse used to stockpile Indian hemp of over 2-3 tonnes worth N3 million.

During the encounter, over 1000ammunition were expended while the suspects barricaded all the routes leading to the hideout.  NDLEA Commander in Ondo State, Mr. Walter Nicholas, said five police officers and an operative of the NDLEA sustained gun shot injuries during the attack but were immediately rushed to the hospital for intensive care.

“In all, five police officers and one NDLEA officer sustained gunshot injuries during the attack. They were immediately rushed to the hospital for intensive care, and most of them recovered except Abdullahi, the Superintendent of Narcotics, whom we lost. It is very sad but we are not giving up,” Walter stated.

The Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, who spoke on the sad development, vowed to fight back the drug barons who masterminded the killing of the operative.

He stressed that his agency is currently re-strategizing and are fully prepared to launch a major onslaught on these drug barons, stressing that NDLEA will fish them out, no matter where they run to,  insisting that there is no hiding place for them in the country.

The late officer who was said to have sustained a fracture during the operation and died in a hospital where he was receiving treatment.

His death brings the number of officers that have died this year to 31.
The NDLEA boss who described the death of the officer as painful noted that those responsible for the attack shall be brought to book. “The death of my officer is painful but those that perpetrated the heinous act must be brought to book. Drug barons and their cohorts shall know no peace,” Giade promised.

The deceased officer, Abdullahi was born on March 27, 1969 in his home town, Potiskum, Yobe State. He attended Kara Primary School between 1975 and 1981 before proceeding to Government Commercial Secondary School, Nguru, Yobe State, where he graduated in 1986.  Late Abdullahi also obtained a National Diploma in Business Administration from Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri.

Before he enlisted into the NDLEA in 1994,  he worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, Department of National and Civic Registration, Maiduguri. He is survived by a pregnant wife.


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