Taraba Drug Lords Attack NDLEA Agents, Injure 7, Damage Vehicle

*Kingpin Arrested As Marwa Okays New Safety Operational Guidelines for On-Duty Operatives

ANTI-NARCOTIC agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, came under fire along Jalingo-Wukari road in the Taraba state capital, Jalingo, on Tuesday, March 8.

The attack which left seven officers injured and one of their vehicles damaged, followed an attempt by the agents to arrest a notorious drug dealer, Micha Godwin, at Nukai market.

Despite the attack, the officers successfully arrest the targeted drug lord and recovered some quantities of illicit drugs from the suspect before retreating to take their injured colleagues to the hospital for treatment.

Acting on credible intelligence, the agents stormed the market at about 2:30pm on the said date to arrest the drug dealer and evacuate illicit substances in his warehouse. But soon after effecting his arrest, miscreants mobilised from the community to attack the officers and vehicles with dangerous weapons.

A reinforcement from the state Command of the Agency and other security agencies was able to move in to rescue the operatives from the scene of attack.

“…what happened today is bad because this is the second time I have been arrested and brought here but the first arrest was not like this. I don’t know who invited the boys who attacked the NDLEA officers,” Micha said in custody.

Reacting to the incident, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, condemned the attack and directed an immediate switch to new operational guidelines that will make officers and men well positioned to defend themselves adequately in the course of carrying out their duties. He again warned that henceforth any obstruction or attack on NDLEA operatives in line of duty by suspects or their supporters would receive commensurate response.

The attack is coming a few weeks after another similar incident took place in Lagos state.

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