An AAU graduate identified as Iredia Austine has confessed to being a drug dealer. According to the geophysics Masters degree student, he bought 82 bags of hemp to resell so as to generate enough funds for his degree programme. Iredia continued saying he began the illicit trade back in 2011 when he had no financial support for his dreams. In his words;
“I studied Geophysics at Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma and completed my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in January 2018. I started selling cannabis in 2011 when I gained admission into the university because I have no one to help me financially. “After my graduation, I stopped selling cannabis but the temptation arose when I purchased form for my master’s degree programme at the University of Port Harcourt. This is the largest quantity of cannabis I have bought,” Austine said. Buba Wakama, state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), while speaking on the arrest said Iredia was nabbed with 82 bags of cannabis weighing 762 kilograms. Wakama continued saying the bags were found inside the ceiling in the suspect’s house which is located at Ohiomah Street, Iyeu Otuo,Edo State. The NDLEA boss also revealed that the drugs were purchased during the harvest season and stored for sale in the peak season. The suspect according to Wakama will soon be charged to court.
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