NDLEA bursts Abuja drug party

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has raided a “drug party” in Abuja and arrested 60 suspects.

NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement that the Friday party was dubbed “Go Hard or Go Home, Pick Your Poison.”

“The suspects comprised 25 males and 35 females; they were arrested at an apartment in Sun City estate in the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.

Babafemi said that the raid followed credible intelligence about the drug party organised by one Stanley Ikechukwu, who was arrested at the venue.

“Six of the suspects – Victoria Adoga, Hamza Yari, Joanne Essein, Socchima Valentine, Jago Imole and Charles Indobuisi – were arrested with different quantities of ecstasy and cannabis.

“The NDLEA chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa has directed that 20 of the suspects who tested negative for drugs be released unconditionally.

“Thirty-three others, who tested positive to illicit drugs, were to be released on bail and will report at the FCT Command of the agency on Monday to begin treatment and counselling,” he said.

Four suspects – Endurance Okon, 24, Joseph Michael, 23, Ovoco Bright, 43, and Goday Abanum, 23 – have been arrested in a forest at Ugun, Igueben local government in Edo.

“They were arrested on Saturday, June 29, when NDLEA operatives raided and destroyed 18,632.22 kilograms of cannabis on 7.452 hectares of farmland,” he explained.

Babafemi said no less than 40.32kg of Loud, an imported strong strain of cannabis, was, on Friday, June 28, recovered in a vehicle along Lekki-Ikoyi road.

He said this was when the driver jumped out of the vehicle after noticing that NDLEA operatives were on his trail.

He said agency commands and formations across the country had continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitisation activities in schools, worship centres, workplaces, and communities in the past week.

Among areas visited for the WADA enlightenment are First Technical University, Ibadan, Government Day Secondary School, Yola, and Ezeike High School, Nibo, in Anambra, among others.