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Heroin, Cocaine Stash Found At Palace Of Anambra Monarch




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A monarch in Anambra State has been arrested after a stash of cocaine and heroin were found in his palace by NDLEA operatives.

In a statement released on Monday by its Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives at the Anambra command recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin.

Babafemi, however, failed to reveal the identity of the traditional ruler. He added that its operatives are at the monarch’s palace helping to trace the owner of the consignment.

He said: “Operatives of the Anambra State Command of the Agency have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.

“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.”

Meanwhile, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has stated that bandits who carry AK-47 and killing farmers are foreigners and not Nigerians.

In a statement by his media aide Abdullahi Kabiru, Baraje called on security agencies to investigate infiltration by foreign criminal elements who “masquerade as Fulani herders”.

He said: “I know some mischievous elements who probably have political points to score have been spreading false versions of my statements to the journalists during the chat I had on my 70th birthday.

“All these false claims would not change my original position that the government and our security agencies must investigate the infiltration of our country by foreign criminal elements who masquerade as Fulani herders.”

“The Fulanis involved in criminal activities are not Nigerians. The Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria do not carry guns. They only have matchete used to clear the bush as they progress with their cows and a stick to direct the animals.

“Those who carry arms are mere criminals who exploited the porosity of our borders and came in without cattle,” the ex-PDP boss added.

According to Kawu Baraje, foreign herdsmen tried to mask their identities by engaging in cattle rustling in the North-west.

The former PDP chairman added that the foreign herdsmen have now spread their nefarious activities to the South.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.