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Edo Police Parade 18 Suspected Drug Addicts Arrested During Raid


The Edo State Police Command has paraded 18 suspected drug addicts arrested at a drug hideout in the state.

The suspects made up of 12 males and six females were arrested by the surveillance unit of the command following a raid on a drug hideout within Benin City.

The state Commissioner of Police, Funsho Adeboye, while parading the suspected addicts on Wednesday, said they were arrested on February 27, following credible intelligence.

He said the police received information that a particular house located on Ogbelaka Street had become a den for criminal elements, illicit drugs, arms and ammunition.

He said the suspects also use the place to make plans before carrying out criminal activities within the Benin metropolis.

He said, “The police stormed the place and arrested 18 persons including 12 males and six females between the ages of 17 and 39 years. A substance suspected to be Indian hemp was recovered from them.

“The suspects were brought to the command for profiling, interrogation and investigation. The effect of their drug intake is telling on the suspects as some of them are no longer useful to society.

“We are going to hand them over to police medical doctors for treatment and rehabilitation. But those whose condition is above us would be sent to the appropriate place they need to be for treatment.”

While calling on the people not to harbour drug users but report to the appropriate quarters, he said the police are on the trail of dealers who sell the drugs to youths.