Pubdate: Mon, 25 May 2009
Source: Leadership Nigeria (Nigeria)
Copyright: 2009 Leadership Newspapers Group Limited
Author: Joshua Uma


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) were 
reportedly attacked by suspected drug barons in Abbi town, Ukwuani 
Local Government Area of Delta State during an official assignment.

The attack, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday May 21, 
2009 as contained in a signed document made available to LEADERSHIP 
yesterday, left two of the officers dead while three others who 
sustained varying degree of bullet wounds were hospitalised.

Four of the officers that were abducted have also been released.

This is the first major incident since 2004 when five officers of the 
anti-narcotic agency were killed in Kano by drug dealers.

Reacting, the chairman/chief executive of the agency, Ahmadu Giade, 
described the attack as callous and unfortunate.

While commending the officers for their patriotism and loyalty to 
their country, Giade warned that drug barons must be prepared to pay 
for their cruel action.

"The officers have shown a rare sense of bravery and gallantry. 
People must understand the forces that we confront on daily basis. 
Those responsible for this gruesome act have murdered sleep.
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