By Eugene Agha, 05.22.2009
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) were yesterday morning attacked by suspected drug barons in Abbi town, Kwale Local Government Area of Delta State, during an official assignment.
The attack left two of the officers dead, while three others sustained varying degree of bullet wounds and were hospitalised. Four of the officers that were abducted have also been released.
The officers were said to have been ambushed by drug barons on their way to the office on the outskirts of Abbi town, after successfully apprehending their target.
It will be recalled that Abbi town had become notorious for cannabis cultivation, as well as attacks on drug law enforcement agents.
In the past, several seizures of cannabis were made in the area, while several cannabis plantations had also been destroyed by NDLEA, under a special operation code named “Operation Burn The Weed.”
Policemen from Delta State Police Command have commenced investigation into the attack.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade, has described the attack as callous and unfortunate.
While commending the officers for their patriotism and loyalty to their country, Giade warned that drug barons must be prepared to pay for their cruel action.
“The officers have shown a rare sense of bravery and gallantry. People must understand the forces of the dark that we confront on a daily basis. Those responsible for this gruesome act have murdered sleep. We will not be deterred,” he said.
In a statement signed by NDLEA Head, Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, he said the attack was the first major incident since 2004, when five officers of the agency were killed in Kano by drug dealers.