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16 arrested in Plateau for illicit drug biz 

From Christiana Gokyo, Jos 

The Operation Rainbow, a security outfit in Plateau State has arrested 16 persons in connection with an involvement in illicit drug business.


The notorious illicit drug peddling market is 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 following an information that them.

The illicit drug market operates daily within the facilities of the school and is attracting buyers and sellers from other parts of the city thereby posing threats to lives and property of the citizens around the area and its environs.

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

DSP Azi said, the operation was successful, adding that the team swooped in on them and arrested the 16 persons.

While parading the suspects at the headquarters of the Operation Rainbow in Jos, he disclosed that their details have been taken, adding that a liaison was ongoing to transfer them to relevant authorities who would carry on further investigations.

He said among those 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.

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

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

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

Out of the number, 15 of them have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, while the suspect arrested with military identity card has been handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

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