We’ll Smoke You Out, Marwa Tells Drug Barons


Chairman/chief executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) has again warned drug barons and traffickers still unrelenting in their illicit trade that his agency is equally poised to smoke them out of their hiding places and make them face the consequences of their crime.

Marwa issued the warning yesterday while reacting to the arrest of seven drug barons operating four large warehouses in Ukpuje forest, Owan West local government area of Edo State, where a total of 16, 344 bags of cannabis and seeds, weighing 233, 778kg were seized, in addition to two pump action and one double barrel guns.

The estimated street value of the seized illicit drug is put at over N1.4billion. The suspects now in NDLEA custody include; Emmanuel Oki, 62, who is the chairman of the vigilante group in Ukpuje; Chief Odi Sabato, 42, and Bright Inemi Edegbe, 53. Others are Gowon Ehimigbai, 53; Enodi Ode, 37; Ayo Oni, 30 and Akhime Benjamin, 43.

According to the Edo State commander of the anti-drug agency, Buba Wakawa, this is the largest single concentration of cannabis discovered by the command. He gave the breakdown of the drugs as follows: 318 bags of 80kg each weighing 25,440kg; 15,853 bags of 13kg weighing 206,089kg.

However, while the total quantity seized is 2,249kg, others weighing 231,529kg were destroyed inside the warehouses. Wakawa ascribed the success of the operation to the enabling environment created by the new chairman/chief executive of the agency, General Buba Marwa.

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