Some groups under the auspices of Ijaw Itsekiri Urhobo youth chairmen, IIU, have apprehended a suspected drug peddler, Abubakar Audu as one other escaped at Hausa quarters in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The youths also recovered two brief cases containing codeine, tramadol and other hard drugs from the suspects. They also arrested a suspected cultist, Kadiri Maliki in the area.
The group, which is out against drug abuse, cultism and other social vices, caught the suspects during its routine raid on hideouts where unapproved drugs are sold and consumed.
The two suspects, it was learnt, have been handed over to the “A” Division Police Station in Warri for investigation and possible prosecution by the group.
In a chat with newsmen, the IIU led by Gen Lucky Pessu, Cyril Eboh and Amb. Pius Ogheneovo Oyiboaga, president, secretary and spokesman respectively, vowed to destroy every spots where drugs are abused, and youths were being initiation into occultism.
Spokesman of the group, Oyiboaga said the intake of illicit drugs has damaged the future of so many youths in the area.
Oyiboaga urged parents to call their children to order, saying, “it is no longer business as usual.”
“Help this group to build a new Warri, a new future for our children,” he begged.
A police source, who craved anonymity, said the suspected drug dealer allegedly admitted to the crime, insisting that, “only one of the brief cases containing the illicit hard drugs belong to him while the other one is for the fleeing suspect.”
The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO DSP Andrew Aniamaka confirmed the report in a telephone chat with newsmen.
He said, “Yes, your information is right. They were arrested by the community with codeine and a few other substance. Off course, we need the legal position and the right thing will be done.”
DSP Aniamaka added that the suspects are cooperating with the police.