The suspects paraded by police.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, says it has arrested three suspected drug dealers in the state.

The suspects were also involved in causing mayhem in communities around Dadin Kowa, Kurkyo Road and GSS Bukan Sidi in Lafia, the state capital.

This is contained in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Lafia on Monday by the command’s Public Relation Officer, DSC Jerry Victor.

The suspects who had illicit drugs in their possession at the time of the arrest are; Ovey Stephen, a 24-years -old man, Yusuf Auwal, 21 years old, and Musa Ismaila, 17 years old respectively.

According to the statement, all the suspects were nabbed in Dadin Kowa in Lafia local government area of the state while on their way to sell the drugs and other illicit substances within the state.

The statement added that the leader of the group, Ovey Stephen, who hails from Nasarawa Eggon Local government of the State but resides in Bukan Sidi, Lafia confessed to the crime and pleaded for mercy.

Items recovered from the suspects includes over seven bundles of wrapped Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp), nine sticks of Golden Seal Cigarettes, one hand made shisha pot, made with a rubber container.

Others are one Sharp single edge knife, three cigar lighter, one dark eye glass and unidentified drugs and substances.

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The Nasarawa NSCDC PRO explained that the arrest of all the suspects was made possible by an intel provided by the members of the public, within the vicinity of the suspects, following the increase of crimes and criminality in the areas.

“The suspects and their gang members have been terrorizing communities around Dadin Kowa, Kurkyo Road and GSS Bukan Sidi areas for quite some time now, this prompted the State Commandant to swiftly place an intelligence around the aforementioned areas for real-time information gathering.”

“The suspects have been helpful, and are very cooperative in dishing out more information to our officers, after investigation is concluded they will be charge to court of competent jurisdiction for proper prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others,” the statement read in part.