Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, says the agency will smoke-out drug barons and traffickers and make them face the consequences of their crime.
Marwa said this on Sunday while reacting to the arrest of seven drug barons operating four large warehouses in Ukpuje forest in Owan West local government area of Edo State.
The suspects in NDLEA custody include: Emmanuel Oki, 62, who is the chairman of the vigilante group in Ukpuje; Chief Odi Sabato, 42, and Bright Inemi Edegbe, 53, Gowon Ehimigbai, 53; Enodi Ode, 37; Ayo Oni, 30 and Akhime Benjamin, 43.
A total of 16, 344 bags of cannabis and seeds, weighing 233, 778kg, valued at N1.4 billion, were seized in addition to two pump action rifles and one double barrel gun.
The Edo State Commander of the anti-drug agency, Buba Wakawa, said it was the largest single concentration of cannabis discovered by the command.
Marwa commended the Edo State Command and Nigeria Army in Benin City, for their support to ensure the success of the operation, stressing that such offensive action will be sustained across the country.