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Illicit Drugs: Plateau’s “Operation Rainbow” arrests 16 suspects

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau State “Operation Rainbow” security outfit has arrested not less than sixteen persons in connection with dealing in illicit drug business.

The suspects’ ‘rendezvous’ is a notorious illicit drug peddling market located within the premises of Government Secondary School Gangare in Jos North Local Government Area.

A team of security personnel, led by DSP Ajik Ezekiel Azi, said the operation was carried out at about 6pm, following information reaching security that, the illicit drug market operates daily within the facilities of GSS Gangare and is attracting buyers and sellers from other parts of the city; thereby posing threats to lives and property of innocent citizens around Gangare and environs.

According to him, Operation Rainbow led the successful operation with the support of the Neighborhood Watch and Vigilante Nigeria, and they acted on credible information that, “daily within the hours of 6-9pm, drug and other related activities take place within the GSS Gangare premises,” which has become a sort of a market patronized by those on foot, motorcycles and even cars.

While parading the suspect at the Headquarters of Operation Rainbow in Jos, DSP Ajik disclosed that, “Their details have been taken and liaison is ongoing to transfer them to relevant authorities, who will carry on further investigations.

“Among the sixteen arrested, one was  found with an ID Card belonging to the Nigerian Army, claiming he was a dismissed and now recalled soldier, who once served in Borno State,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary Cabinet and Special Services, Cornelius Shiolbial, who oversees Operation Rainbow, disclosed that, the outfit will continue to partner communities with its “community approach strategy” to rid the state of such acts.

While expressing regret that youths have taken to drug business, while it’s endangering their lives and that of others, he was but quick to say the outfit “has been repositioned in terms of collaboration with sister agencies for the overall safety of citizens” and called on all to avail the security outfit of information at all times.

At the time of filing this report, the suspects had been paraded with drugs seized and motorcycles used.

Fifteen of them have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), while the suspect arrested with a military identity card has been handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

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