The long arms of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have nabbed Taraba state drug kingpin, Micha Godwin.
Although, this is not the first time the narcotic merchant will be arrested, some thugs in the environment, seeing what has happened, decided to attack the Agency officials with about 7 (seven) of them sustaining various degree of injuries.
Save for the NDLEA officers prompt call to the state command for reinforcements, the situation would have gone worse as the Agency’s official vehicles were also damaged.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, confirmed how operatives of the NDLEA succeeded in arresting Micha Godwin at Nukai market, along Jalingo-Wukari road in the Taraba state capital, Jalingo.
Babafemi said, despite the attack, the officers managed to arrest their prime target – Micha Godwin, even after recovering some quantities of illicit drugs from the suspect.
Spokesman Babafemi also revealed that, soon after the successful raid, the wounded officers were promptly taken to the hospital for treatment.
Babafemi again attested to the fact that, the last Tuesday operation, was followed by an intelligence report, alerting the NDLEA authorities for action.
He further stated that, Nukai market, the hideout of the narcotics dealer’s warehouse, was stormed at about 2.30pm during when illicit substances were evacuated from the warehouse; adding that, soon after the arrest of the kingpin, some miscreants mobilised themselves from the community, attacking NDLEA officers and damaging their vehicles with dangerous weapons.
Babafemi also testified that, save for the swift reinforcement from the Agency’s state command, and from other security agencies, the situation would have gone out of control. He said, it was the reinforcement exercise that helped rescue the wounded operatives from being killed at the scene of the attack.
Kingpin Godwin, in his reaction, frowned at what had happened saying he doesn’t “know who invited the boys who attacked the NDLEA officers.”
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, in his reaction, “condemned the attack, and directed 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”, with a stern warning that, going forward, “any obstruction or attack on NDLEA operatives in line of duty by suspects, or their supporters, would receive commensurate response.”