By Ikora Ayungbe,Uyo
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Akwa Ibom state command says it has arrested Mr. Okon Bassey, a suspected drug peddler/user and recovered 244 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) from him. Bassey, was arrested in Mbo local government area of the state on Friday, 25th January, along with 120 other hard drug dealers.
They were also found to be in possession variously kilograms weight of substance suspected to be unlawful. Also recovered during the operations included 51 kilograms of cannabis, 259grammes of heroin, 17grammes of cocaine and 500grammes of Tramadol diazepam and polypro.
A statement by the state commandant, Mohammed Sokoto, said all the suspects were arrested during the pre-election raid operations carried out by the operatives between September, last year and January, this year.
The statement added that one, Joy Adams, a notorious heroin dealer in the state was also arrested by the operatives for allegedly being in possession of 239 grammes of heroin.
The statement issued in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital further explained that the PVCs recovered from the suspects have been handed over to the Independent National Electoral Commission for further investigation.
“The national drug law enforcement agency Akwa Ibom state command embarked on Pre-election raid operations between September 2018 and January 2019 and within the period 120 suspects have been arrested with 51kg of cannabis, 259grammes of heroin and 17grammmes of cocaine, 500grammes of Tramadol diszepam and polypro.
“A suspect named Okon Bassey was arrested with 244 Permanent Voters Cards bearing different identities on Friday, January 25th 2019 in Mbo local government area of the state”, the statement said.
The statement further stated that Joy Adams, who is currently remanded in prison custody, would soon be charged to court while the total sum of N301, 000 has been recovered from all the suspects during the period.
When contacted on what the criminal intends to do with the PVCs,the command’s commander, Mohammed Sokoto said” This is to show that rigorous search and arrest of drug dealers could also yield to other sources of crimes and arrest of criminals.
He said the command could not determine exactly what he intend to do with 244 PVCs but added “whatever reason, I am sure resident electoral commissioner to whom I have transferred these PVCs to will definitely explain in due course.
Sokoto said other suspects that were arrested with drugs have been charged to court while some are still under investigation.