The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Chibuike Apolos, a notorious major supplier of illicit drugs in Abia State, during an early morning raid on his hideout at Mbawsi in Isialangwa North area of the state.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Wednesday in Abuja that Apolos has been on the wanted list of the Abia State Command of the NDLEA since February following the arrest of one Chima Ukeleonu, the suspect behind the video that went viral in January 2021, showing a young man hawking illicit drugs on the street.
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According to him, it was due to the development that the 38-year-old Apolos was put on the wanted list.
“Following his arrest in the early hours of Wednesday, the Abia State government has already marked his house which serves as his hideout for demolition,” Babafemi said.
He also quoted the Commander Abia State Command of the NDLEA, Bamidele Akingbade, as saying that “The command has been on his trail since February this year.
“Fortunately, we got a tip-off that he just received some quantities of cannabis from Edo State.
“Notwithstanding the tense security situation in the South East, especially Abia State, the command still embarked on the operation which culminated in the arrest of one Chibuike Apolos with 10 bags of cannabis weighing 100kg, 1.6 grammes of cocaine, one gramme of heroin and five grammes of methamphetamine.”
In a similar development, the Taraba State Command of the Agency has arrested 61-year-old Lawan Gambo Umar for trafficking 58.50kg of Cannabis Sativa.
According to the state Commander of NDLEA, Suleiman Ajadi, “The suspect was taking the skunk concealed inside sacks of beans chaff used to feed animals to Fune in Yobe State when our men intercepted him.”