…Two NDLEA officers have been arrested in connection with the death of an alleged drug dealer.
…senior NDLEA officer, confirmed Christine’s death but denied the story that the alleged drug dealer was battered to death.
Two National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers on special duty from the Delta state command headquarters in Ogwashi Uku were arrested and detained at the Sapele Police Station yesterday over the sudden death of a 50-year-old alleged drug dealer, Ilaya Christine.
Christine, who is said to be dealing in marijuana and other hard drugs, was reportedly arrested by Drug Enforcement officers from Ogwashi Uku Command around 9 a.m. today for being in possession of hard drugs.
Christine was arrested by NDLEA officers numbering about 14 in two vehicles around 9 a.m. and taken away, only to be returned half dead after torturing him, according to the deceased’s friend, Friday Akpotor. “They killed him, took him to St James hospital, then from there he was taken to hospital when the doctor confirmed him dead,” he cried.
“Another source close to the Ilaya family told Vanguard that Christine was raided this morning by NDLEA men over drug possession, and they took him away. 30 minutes later, they brought him back feeling unwell, and it was the wife and the officers who took him to the clinic, and then they left for the Central Hospital, where he died.”
According to Vanguard, when asked if he thought the Drug officers who took him away had battered Christine, he replied, “yes, obviously, they beat him to death and as I speak to you, his corpse has been deposited at the Sapele General Hospital mortuary by the police and the NDLEA officers without even contacting the family.”
Anietie Inam, a senior NDLEA officer, confirmed Christine’s death but denied the story that the alleged drug dealer was battered to death, saying, “that’s not the truth, you see, our men went to raid a drug dealer in Sapele and after taking him away, we found out that he was breathing difficultly, on enquiry, he told the officers that he was hypertensive, so they took him away.”
“The story that the Agency officers beat the drug dealer to death was not true, he has this health problem, and even his wife told us, the man was a hypertensive patient,” she added.
A call to Delta State Police Public Relations Officer Edafe Bright went unanswered, but a source who requested anonymity told newsmen that “two officers who led the NDLEA team from the command headquarter in Ogwashi Uku to Sapele on an arrest have been detained over the death of one Christine, a drug dealer, who developed an unknown illness moments after he was arrested wit
“Investigation is ongoing, and we will almost certainly conduct an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.”
However, a group of youths who gathered in the Tropical area of Amukpe, where the deceased was arrested, accused the agency of brutally killing their brother, saying, “we will not accept this and soon you will know what we can do.”