By Anayo Okoli & Chinonso Alozie
UMUAHIA—THE Nigerian Army said its troops on Operation Python Dance 2, in conjunction with operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, raided what it called a “notorious drug baron’s house” in Achara Ihechiowa community, Arochukwu Council of Abia State.
According to the army, during the raid, arms and substances suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the house.
Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement said the raid was carried in the home of the suspect (names withheld) in Amirima, Achara Ihechiowa.
He said: “Following a tip off, troops of Section 1, sub-section 4, in conjunction with some operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, at about 1. 45 am on September 23, 2017, raided a house of (alleged) notorious drug baron, now at large.
“During the raid, four suspected accomplices to the wanted (alleged) drug baron were apprehended from the compound.
“The following items were also recovered from the house: One shot single barrel gun; one long single barrel gun, one automatic pump action rifle, one locally made double barrel pistol, one binocular and two phones of Intel and Kismo brands.
“Others were some substances suspected to be Indian hemp. The suspects and the substance have been handed over to the NDLEA for further action.”
Reactions trail Operation Python Dance 2 in Imo
Meantime, following the launch of Operation Python Dance in the South-East region, citizens of Imo State, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to demilitarize the state.
Vanguard spoke to some stakeholders in Owerri,who described the operation as causing the citizens avoidable hardship.
According to the chairman Owerri branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Lawrence Nwankiti, “they have instilled fear in the minds of our people by creating road blocks where innocent motorists have been subjected to extortion and embarrassment.”
But Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Lugard Osuji, was of the opinion that the state is peaceful before and after the declaration of Operation Python Dance 11.
In his words: “Imo is relatively peaceful. The military do not have much to do because the state government has been able to provide the peaceful atmosphere for us.”
“For us in Imo, the operation python dance, we have not seen much difference. Imo is very peaceful and secured.”