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Don’t show my face on TV screen, suspect plead with journalists

There was a mild drama at Ja’en quarters in Kano State last week, when a middle-aged suspected drugs dealer, Friday Anthony broke into tears while…

There was a mild drama at Ja’en quarters in Kano State last week, when a middle-aged suspected drugs dealer, Friday Anthony broke into tears while pleading with journalists not to show his face on the screen of television as drugs dealer.
A business education graduate, Anthony, pleaded with pressmen that “it is a shameful thing for me to be seen on the screen of TV as a dealer of ‘suck and die’. I was into the business just to avoid stealing other people’s belongings.”
Anthony explained that if he was shown on TV his family members will hate him for causing serious damage to the family, adding that “I don’t want to tarnish the image of my family. Please NTA and Channels TV officials don’t show my face on the screen.”
The 23-year- old Anthony was among the suspected drug dealers paraded by the police at Ja’en quarters, Kano where consignment of Indian hemp worth N60m was impounded by the police.
He said he sold ‘suck and die’ syrup to youths in the state to earn a living, noting that, “I don’t have any business that can sustain me, hence, engage into drug business about two weeks ago.
“I am an NCE holder and I have been looking for a job for many years but I could not get any. I was introduced into the business by a friend, but from now on I will never involve myself in this kind of business again,” he said.
Anthony therefore, appealed to the government to create more jobs opportunities for people like him, noting that if there are jobs, many people will not involve into crimes.
He regretted his involvement in drugs dealing, saying, “I regretted my actions. I have promised that if I can get a chance, I will be an advocate for fight against drugs business. From the little experience I had, I will encourage the fight against drugs business.”
He said if given another chance, he will look for a genuine business that can sustain him and will never go back to any illegal business that can lead him into trouble.

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