Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested one Nnamuka Uchenna, 32, said to be a drug baron that coordinates the supply of drugs to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its militant arm Eastern Security Network.
Also arrested are Obinna Ohaji, 28; one Princess Samuel, 17; Chinedu Ukaegbulam, 20 and Augustine Ete, 39.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Michael Abatam who disclosed this in a statement informed that the suspects were arrested at different locations in the state.
According to him, while Ohaji was arrested while camouflaging as a commuter driver in search of passengers along Warehouse Bus Stop Owerri, Princess Samuel was nabbed at the border between Imo and Rivers states.
Abatam said the police recovered substances suspected to be cocaine in the bus which Ohaji drove on the fateful day.
He further disclosed that the operatives who were led to the residence of Nnamuka Uchenna by Princess Samuel at Umuaka, Njaba LGA of the state also recovered some quantities of substances suspected to be cocaine and a scale used in measuring the hard drug before distribution.
Abatam said the police believe the suspects supply hard drugs to members of IPOB and ESN.
He added that efforts are being made to unravel the source of the hard drugs and to arrest other members of the syndicate who are in hiding at present.
Abatam said; “Arising from the ceaseless raids on IPOB/ESN camps all over the state and its environs and the successful neutralisation of the terror principals by the Imo State Police Command, the remnants of the drug suppliers/distribution syndicate were on 7/7/2021 at about 1130 hours smashed by the ever active tactical teams operators of Imo State Police command, following a diligent technical intelligence gathering that led to the arrested of one Obinna Ohaji ” M ” age 28 years, who disguised as a driver in search of passengers in a Nissan Caravan bus with the inscription “ENDLESS GOD” and registration number ABUJA, KUJ 88 XC and in company of one Samuel Egwi “M” age 36 years along Warehouse bus stop Owerri, Imo State.
“On searching the bus, a large quantity of white substance suspected to be cocaine neatly concealed in the bus was recovered.
“On interrogation, the bus driver stated, that the white substance suspected to be cocaine was given to him to deliver to a lady name unknown at Elele in Rivers State.
“He then voluntarily led the command’s tactical teams to the border between Imo State and Rivers State where the receiver, one Princess Samuel “F” age 17 years was arrested.
“She confessed to be the one who supplies the Rivers State axis of the terror group and led the tactical teams to the house of the drug baron at Umuaka in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, where one Nnamuka Uchenna “M” age 32 years was arrested.
“On searching his premises more quantities of the white substance suspected to be cocaine and the scale for measuring the quantity to be sold were recovered to the station.
“Also arrested in his residence are Chinedu Ukaegbulam “M” age 20 years and Augustine Ete “M” age 39 years, in charge of a Nissan Caravan bus with the inscription “ENDLESS GOD” with registration number IMO, EBM 297 XA .
“They are believed to be the ones who distribute the drugs to the various terror camps in the state.
“Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing to trace the source of the hard drugs into the state and to arrest other members of the syndicate in hiding.”