The Imo Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confirmed the arrest of a Mr. Uzochi Agbakwuru, a suspected notorious drug dealer in the state.
A statement issued in Owerri on Wednesday by the command’s public relations officer, Mr. Uche Sampson, stated that Agbakwuru was arrested on October 18 and was in the custody of the agency.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He described the suspect, who comes from Umuemeri Ogwu, a local government area of Aboh Mbaise de Imo, as “a notorious drug salesman.”
He said the suspect had been on the NDLEA criminal watch list for more than 18 months before his arrest. Sampson also stated that previous attempts to arrest him were unsuccessful “because of his strong counterintelligence network.”
According to the statement, 150 grams of dried weeds confirmed as cannabis sativa were allegedly found in his possession. He described the crime as a violation of the provisions of the NDLEA Act, hence the agency’s decision to track it “through tactical decoy and subterfuge.”
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The NDLEA spokesman said the suspect was arrested at his residence, where he tried to escape. He alleged that the suspect raised a false alarm, calling his criminal partners and supporters, who then became violent to obstruct the legitimate duty of NDLEA.
Sampson alleged that supporters attacked agency agents and their operating vehicle with machetes, stones, iron and other dangerous objects.
He said the operatives suffered varying degrees of injuries, while the vehicle was severely destroyed. Sampson said the matter had been filed with the Federal Superior Court, Owerri.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said that after the suspect’s arrest, he received adequate first aid treatment. We wish to condemn the description of the arrest and detention of Agbakwuru, a well-known drug dealer, who has been on our watch list.”
“It is noteworthy that the suspect voluntarily offered his statement under precaution in which he claimed ownership of the 150 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession,” he said.