Anambra State Government Joint Taskforce (JTF) on security has arrested 35 persons suspected to engage in drug peddling and other crimes in the area.
They were arrested at different locations by the men of Special Joint Task Force ( JTF) led Operation Clean and Health Anambra (Ocha Brigade) in collaboration with the Anambra Vigilante Group AVG.
The suspects were arrested in connection with drugs peddling and indian hemp smoking, extortion of money from motorists, picking pocket, one chance and others.
Speaking on the arrest, the Public Relations Officer PRO of Ocha Brigade, Mr Anthony Agbafune said that the agency was determined to keep the state health and clean for the resident to live.
According to him, those arrested were people terrorising the state and environ.
He said they were involved in robbing innocent citizens, selling hard drugs, (mkpurumiri) to youths, stealing and extorting money from the motorists.
He said the governor had given them mandate to raid off Anambra state of the bad eggs polluting the environment.
“We have the mandate of the governor to sanitise the state and make it habitable” he said .
Agbafune also stated that the suspects will be transferred to appropriate authority for arraignment.
“We will soon move those suspects involved in drugs to National Drugs Law
Enforcement Agency( NDELA) ,Police and the Ministry of Justice for necessary actions. Our job is to pick the defaulters, document them and move them to the appropriate agency for necessary action” he stated.
He said the agency was determined and committed to eradicating the state off the nuisance inline with the governor’s dream of clean and healthy Anambra state.
According to him, the Managing Director of Ocha brigade Mr. Celestine Annere has been committed to keeping the mandate of the agency.
He said that in the one year he has been piloting the affairs of the agency , alot of positive things have happened interim of clearing Anambra off bad eggs.
Speaking to journalists, one of the suspects Mr. Mike Agara from Taraba state said he smokes indian hemp but does not sell them.
According to him , the indian hemp found in his room does not belong to him but his brother who sells them.
Ikene Eze, from Enugu state also admitted that he deals on mkpurumiri and others ,noting that he gets his supply from Imo State.
According to him, he is involved in the drugs business because he has no job and instead of becoming armed robber.
He said he sells to those big trucks drivers because they use them when driving at night to avoid sleeping.
Chima Abigwe from lmo State,said he was arrested where he was sleeping in open place because he does not have a home in Onitsha where he lives.
Chukwuemeka Chukwunoso from Anambra state,said he was arrested while walking to his house around 11pm because there were no vehicle at that time.
Onyekachi Atu, from Abia state said he was picked on the road while moving to his house at late hour.
On whether he was the only person on the road when he was arrested he said, he was arrested because he was not doing anything there.
Chukwurah Micheal, from Anambra state , who admitted of engaging in stealing people money and property in vehicles appeal forgiveness.
He said he was involved in the act because he has not been work doing .
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