By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has apprehend three persons connected to an illegal laboratory where a banned substance, methamphetamine, were being produced in Enugu.
Enugu state commander of NDLEA, Mr. Adeyemi Adeofe said their arrests were based on credible intelligence which led to initial arrest of the first two suspects with 100 kilograms of Ephedrine.
Adeofe stated that due to the hazardous nature of the chemicals involved, the agency dismantled the clandestine laboratory, while the precursor chemicals and paraphernalia and other equipment for production were seized by the agency.
He said that investigation was ongoing to unravel the other members of the syndicate.
Adeofe said there is urgent need to decontaminate the area as waste products of the illicit substance in the course of production have seeped into Wells of neighbouring compounds, thus poisoning their source of water supply.
“This is a very serious implication because time will come the effects of these chemicals will result to deadly health challenges like cancer, birth deformity, kidney problems, etc.
“We call on government to come to the rescue of residents within the neighbourhood and to also appeal to the general public to come up with useful information whenever they notice or perceive strange activities or unusual smells within their environment,” Adeofe said.
Those arrested gave their names as Christopher Eze, Ikechukwu Umah and Paul Eze. One of the principal suspects, Christian Chibuzor said to be residing in South Africa is yet to be arrested.