By Suzan Edeh
The office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Bauchi State have arrested seven suspected drug dealers.
The state commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu who disclosed to news men on Tuesday, said a total of 89 kilogramme of Indian hemp was seized from the suspects and that they were arrested in different parts of the state between 6th and 13th of January this year.
Momodu lamented a sharp increase in circulation of illicit drug in the state this year attributing it to the forthcoming elections.
While a total of 17 kg of Indian hemp was seized in January 2009, and a total of nine kilogrammes was seized in 2010, a total of 89 kilogrammes was seized in January 2011.
Momodu who accused politicians of increasing the trafficking in illicit drugs, warned: “Politicians have started on a wrong note, if you buy drugs for youths, you are fomenting trouble.”
The NDLEA commander called on the members of the public and all stakeholders to join hands together with the agency to arrest the development.
“This is just the primaries that are being conducted by the political parties that we have witnessed this dangerous trend, what will happen when the general election starts,” he queried.
Momodu disclosed that two of the suspects-Adamu Shuaibu alias ‘Bobby’, a notorious drug dealer arrested on January 8 at Magama Gumau with 39 kg of Indian hemp and Usman Habu, an indigene of Jigawa arrested in Zaki with 26 kg of the substance -were youth leaders of political parties.
He said that investigation was still to the ascertain the political parties that the suspects belong assuring that any politician apprehended or linked with the problem would be prosecuted no matter how highly placed.
“Citizens should give the NDLEA information and we promise that we will protect the identity of anyone supplying us with information and treat such confidential. I want to salute the courage of my officers who braced the cold to travel to parts of the state to arrest the suspects.”