DPO, 60 others bag jail terms for drug trafficking in Niger

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From John Adams, Minna

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Eniola Emmanuel, who was dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force a few years ago is among 61 suspected drug traffickers convicted and sentenced to various jail terms in Niger State between January and July this year.

The former DPO was convicted alongside his accomplice, one Monday George Chika, for being in possession 168 kilograms of cannabis, popularly referred to as Indian hemp, and they are to spend 24 months each in the Minna Correctional Centre.

The duo and 59 others were sentenced to prison terms by a Federal High Court Judge, Justice Aminu Garba, in Minna.

The dismissed DPO, it was learnt, was sacked from the Ondo state police command for gross misdemeanour and was arrested for drug trafficking by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Niger state Command, early this year.

Also, Justice Aminu Garba convicted the duo of Sani Sule and Yussuf Shehu for trafficking in hard drugs weighing 226kg, while Eze John was sentenced to 30 months prison term for similar offence.

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Eze John, in addition to his conviction, has forfeited his vehicle, a Volkswagon Sharon, with registration number ABJ897AL to the Federal Government.

State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Haruna Kwetishe, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Minna, as part of the activities of the command in the last six months, said the other convicts are to spend between six and 30 months each in Correctional Centres, for being in possession of substances suspected to be hard drugs.

The commandant said all the accused persons pleaded guilty to the charges filed against them, adding that between January and July this year, a total of 78 arrests were made by the Command.

Kwetishe, however, hinted that the operatives of the Command had begun raiding black spots in Minna, the state capital, with a view to arresting miscreants who have been making life unbearable for the people.

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