By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A group under the auspices of Itsekiri, Ijaw, Urhobo, (IIU) Community Chairmen with the combined efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, Delta State Command have arrested seven suspected illegal drug dealers as well as consumers in Warri South Local Government Area.
The suspects were arrested with cocaine, tramadol, cannabis and other hard drugs by the group.
They were arrested with the backing of the Delta State Commissioner of Police CP Muhammad Mustafa during the group’s raiding of bad spots and hideouts where the illicit drugs were sold and consumed in Okere, McDermott, Esisi roads, Hausa Quarters, McCaiver and Iyara areas in Warri.
The group also destroyed the bad spots and hideouts in the area visited.
The suspects which comprises of males and females are currently Cooling off their heels at the “A” Division Police Station, Warri.
AUTHENTIC News Daily learnt that the police is still investigating the matter.
The group’s spokesman, Amb. Ogheneovo Pius Oyiboaga in a chat with newsmen confirmed the report.
Oyiboaga frowned at the manner in which the illicit drug business thrives in the area.
He said the raiding is to tell residents of the area that the group is against the illegal business, smoking and consumption of the illicit drugs.
Oyiboaga adviced landlords in the area to be ready to give out places where the illicit drug business takes place.
Oyiboaga noted that efforts are being made by the chairmen to bring down any place found to be spots for the illicit business as long as Warri will have its peace.
He also adviced the people of the areas to join the group in rebuilding the future of their children and society in general.
Contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Mustafa also confirmed the report.
CP Mustafa said, “The report is confirmed. We are working with the Community Chairmen, Itsekiri, Ijaw, Urhobo, Hausa in dismantling some the hide outs where these illegal drugs are sold and consumed in Warri.
“The group is doing a great job. You know, these illegal drug dealers and the consumers constitute some of the criminal problems we have in the area. It is confirmed.”