The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has commended the Abia State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for successfully combating a gang of criminals and illegal drug peddlers around the Ngwa Road by Mosque Street area, especially within the premises of College Primary School.
Following repeated complaints by the members of the public over the activities of some criminals around that area ranging from sexual assaults, sale and use of illicit drugs, snatching of bags and armed robberies, the Governor challenged security agencies, especially the NDLEA to move into the area and take all lawful and necessary steps to rid the place of the criminal elements.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu saluted the gallantry of the officers of the State Command of the NDLEA led by the State Commander, Mr. Akingbade Bamidele and urged them to sustain the tempo and ensure that illicit drug peddlers were chased away from all corners of the State.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onyebuchi Ememanka, Governor Ikpeazu also directed the Deputy General Manager of ASEPA, Aba Zone to, as a matter of urgency, mobilize his men and equipment into that area ensure that a thorough cleaning exercise is carried out there while the State Government will take further steps to help make the area uncomfortable for criminals to operate.
Recall that the State Command of the NDLEA conducted a successful operation there on Wednesday, leading to the arrest of four of the suspected criminals, seizure of some illicit substances and destruction of the hideout used by the criminals as a haven for their operations.