The royal cabinet of Obosi community in Idemili North local government area of Anambra state has demanded an unreserved apology from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over the recent news reports that its operatives found a cache of hard drugs at the palace of Igwe Chidubem Iweka III of Obosi during a raid at the palace.
It also demanded a retraction of the said publication in a press conference encompassing the major print and electric media in the country, insisting only such wide scope of publicity on the matter would be acceptable them and the people of Obosi.
In a press statement signed by the palace secretary, Chief Igwebuike Shedrack Okenwa, the royal cabinet described “the totally false and misleading articles as embarrassing.
It regretted that efforts of the Obosi monarch and its people to assist the agency in tackling crime in the kingdom had been turned into a show of shame.
The statement read in part, “The controversial incident started on February 17, 2021, when Obosi Vigilante operatives arrested a man with a substance suspected to be hard drugs at Ojunoh area of the town during a routine patrol in the hard drug-infested area.
“The vigilantes chased and arrested him and found substances suspected to be hard drugs in his bag.” It said the man was taken to the Igwe’s palace and interrogated
“Eze Iweka personally contacted the Anambra state commander of NDLEA, Mr. Musbahu Idris who promised to send NDLEA operatives.”
“Idris, who was ill at the time, eventually sent a team headed by an officer named Mr. Erhi who picked up the said hard drug, signed a receipt and left. A video was shot of his visit with cabinet chiefs present.
“We’re embarrassed by the totally false and misleading articles in diverse print and electronic media, erroneously stating that the said cache of hard drugs was uncovered as a result of a raid on the palace of His Majesty by NDLEA officers.”
When contacted, the State NDLEA boss however he declined comment, saying further comment might aggravate the tension already on ground since the press release was issued from the agency’s national headquarters.