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NDLEA, Onitsha Monarch Parley Against Illicit Drugs

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka


The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, has declared support and involvement in the war against illicit drugs and drug offenders in Anambra State.

Achebe stated his support on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at his palace when the state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Sule Momodu, and officials of the agency paid him a courtesy visit.

Obi Achebe said that Onitsha as a cosmopolitan city would need additional policing for more results to be achieved.

He said already the youth in his community had formed an anti- drug club, made up of graduates and others that crusade against illicit drug usage in his domain.

He maintained that the anti- drug youth club mostly used the long vacation to sensitize the younger ones on the danger of illegal drugs as well as teaching morals that would restore core values of the people.

The Obi, however, decried the situation where security operatives would leak the identity of informants to hoodlums who would turn round against such informants and their family members.

He said on one occasion, himself reported a certain hotelier who was into criminal activities in his kingdom to the security agencies only for the hoodlum to come to him some days after arrest and threatened to deal with him and members of his family if he(the monarch) would not stop such act.

He added: “Incidentally, the hotelier is from Okija and not from Onitsha. In his hotel you would see young girls under 15 years of age dancing naked and committing all manner of atrocities. Babies were even sold in the hotel. I had to mobilize my people and we went there and pulled down the hotel; and I asked them to come and kill me”.

He tasked security agencies to treat informers with utmost secrecy and good faith, stressing that would be one sure way to successfully accomplish the war against criminals, especially illicit drug peddlers in the state as he noted that “illicit drug usage can destroy a whole generation”.

He charged the NDLEA to try and arrest one particular drug baron in Onitsha (names withheld) in order to minimize cases of drug trafficking in the area; expressing disappointment that the notorious drug peddler was still moving about, freely.