Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have intercepted a pump action fire arm, 64,000 pump action gun cartridges at a store in Marine modern market, Onitsha, Anambra State.

The burst led to the arrest of a 34-year-old suspected drug baron and gun runner, Donatus Onyemachi Igwebudu. He was arrested by a team of NDLEA Operatives and Soldiers on Wednesday and subsequently moved to the Agency holding facility in Awka. 

In a separate but related development, NDLEA Operatives, in a major feat, intercepted 34 children, who are between the ages of 8 and 14, who were being trafficked from Ijebu Ode, Ogun state to Abuja. This arrest was made along the Okene-Lokoja Expressway in the early hours of Thursady morning.

The minors were said to be inhumanly loaded in two commercial buses. The bus drivers confirmed that the kids were handed over to them by a certain woman at Ijebu Ode to be conveyed to Abuja. They also said upon arriving in Abuja, the woman was suppose to call another bus driver who would have conveyed them to Riyom in Plateau State.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the children were initially trafficked from Plateau to Ogun State. They were allegedly distributed to various places to work as domestic servants. Investigations are ongoing in a bid to arrest the major culprits. 

Chairman, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. M.B Marwa (Rtd) has officially commended the men for their gallantry and intelligence. He encouraged them to sustain the tempo. 

He also directed that the arm and ammunition, along with the suspect arrested in Anambra be transferred to the Police immediately, while the 34 trafficked children are to be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), for further investigation.

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