Hoodlums raze NDLEA facility in Abia


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abia State has confirmed that part of its office at Amaekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state has been set ablaze.

The attack came barely 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the same location was razed by yet-to-be identified persons.

A source said the attackers went straight to the agency’s detention facility after gaining entry into the property.

He said they probably wanted to set free detainees but saw empty cells, adding that the agency had evacuated all suspects in its custody following the attack on the INEC office.

Meanwhile, the State Commandant of the agency, Bamidele Akingbade, told newsmen in Umuahia that the attack took place at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

“However, the suspects were relocated out of the facility, in the wake of Monday’s attack on the nearby office of the Independent National Electoral Commission,” he said.

He said the agency recorded no casualties and that their weapons were intact, adding that important official documents were stored in a fire-proof safe.

The Abia State Government, in its reaction to the incident, vowed that it would spare no efforts to get the masterminds of the attack.

According to the Commissioner for Information, Okiyi Kalu, the government will get the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Facilities belonging to state institutions, including police formations and an INEC office, have come under attack by gunmen in the last few days.


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