The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command in Gombe State has arrested a 28 -year old businessman, Ismail Yusuf for being in possession of 296.8 kilograms of cannabis.
Mr Aliyu Adole, the state’s NDLEA Commander disclosed this while speaking with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Gombe.
Adole said that the suspect was arrested on Thursday at about 4.00 a.m., with the substance in his house.
“Early this morning we went out for an operation and we successfully arrested a big drug dealer in town.
“We have been monitoring him for some time and thank God we were able to seize 296.8 kilograms of cannabis, about 341 blocks,” he said.
Adole said that the arrest was the second in three months.
“This is the second time in three months that we have arrested a suspected hard drug dealer with high quantity of drug.
“The last suspect was arrested with 321 kilograms of hard drugs which is about 401 blocks,” he said.
Adole called on residents of the state to assist the agency in the fight against drug abuse by giving useful information.
Speaking with newsmen, the suspect said he got the supply from his boss who resides in Abuja.
He said this was his first time in the business adding that he got involved in order to get money for taking care of his two pregnant wives and three children.(NAN)
Edited by Razak Owolabi/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Adamawa Govt approves appointment of 29th Hama Bachama
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has approved the appointment of Dr Daniel Ismaila Shagah as the 29th Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom.
The government announced this in a statement signed by Humwashi Wunosikou, Press Secretary to Fintiri, on Wednesday in Yola.
Shagah’s appointment followed the demise of Honest Irmiya Stephen, the 28th ruler of Bachama Kingdom in Numan/Lamurde local government areas of the state.
The late monarch, who succeeded late Asaph Zadok, the 27th Hama Bachama, had reigned for eight years before his death on June 28.
Wunosikou quoted the governor as congratulating the new Hama Bachama and the kingmakers for a peaceful process that informed the choice of Shagah.
He was the Founder and Coordinator, Volunteers for Sustainable Development Inc., an NGO, and member of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Training Academy, among others.
Fintiri said: “Shaga, a trained Narcotics Officer and technocrat, no doubt, has the capacity to lead his people right.
“I believe he will build on the legacies of late Honest Stephen, who stood tall during his reign in peace building initiatives.’’
The governor praised the peaceful disposition of the new ruler and urged him to bring his experience to bear in the development of Bachama Kingdom, and the state at large.
He further charged leaders of the kingdom The governor appealed to to maintain peace and ensure preservation of the cultural norms of their forefathers.
Edited By: Joe (NAN) Idika/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Interview: Global air passenger traffic to nosedive by 55 pct in 2020: IATA
by Martina Fuchs
GENEVA, July 28 (XINHUA) — Global airline body IATA released an updated global passenger forecast on Tuesday, warning that the recovery in air traffic has been slower than expected and that the storm facing the industry is far from over.
In its base case scenario, global passenger traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometers will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement.
In an interview with Xinhua, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said although there has been an improvement in short-haul travel, international markets still remain largely closed and consumer confidence is depressed.
“We have very weak passenger demand that is recovering only slowly, first in domestic markets but not in intercontinental travel due to the border closures and travel restrictions that have been imposed by governments,” he said.
Recovery of passenger numbers to pre-COVID-19 levels, however, will also slide by a year from 2022 to 2023, IATA data showed. For 2020, global passenger numbers are expected to decline by 55 percent compared with 2019, worsened from the April forecast of 46 percent.
In June, passenger traffic fell 86.5 percent compared with the year-ago period, according to IATA. That is only slightly improved from a 91 percent contraction in May.
De Juniac said this was driven by rising demand in domestic markets, particularly China.
“The Chinese airlines are recovering especially for domestic travel, but for international travel, as many countries have closed their borders or implemented very strict sanitary and health control measures, the international travel is very, very low,” he said.
“We expect the Chinese airlines to be in a better situation than their counterparts in other countries but still in a weaker position than they were last year,” he added.
“We also have concerns about employment related to the air travel industry, tourism, entertainment, all these industries which are severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, directly and indirectly, due to the air travel reduction,” de Juniac said.
“WORST YEAR IN HISTORY”
In June, IATA warned that 2020 would be “the worst year in the history of aviation” and that airlines are expected to lose 84.3 billion United States dollars this year alone.
“We are still asking governments to help us. The first set of measures that had been announced by governments had been significant,” de Juniac told Xinhua.
“But things should not stop, because the crisis is not over. So we are still asking governments to put money into the industry if they want to keep strong airlines and good connectivity for their country which is absolutely key for the economic recovery.”
The head of the body representing global airlines also said he was concerned about reduced corporate travel as companies continue to be under financial pressure even as the economy improves.
“We will recover. This is an industry that has already faced many shocks and crises, so we will recover,” de Juniac stressed. “Business travel is more at risk because people are now using virtual tools, computers, tablets and web-based technologies to organize meetings.”
De Juniac also said the sector was still committed to reaching its emission-reduction goals and prioritizing investment in sustainable aviation fuels despite the pandemic.
“The goals we have committed to, which are to be carbon neutral starting 2021 and to reduce our CO2 emissions by half in 2050, we are still committed to do that, and we will do it,” he told Xinhua.
“I am not worried about our environmental commitments. The industry is committed, we will do it,” he stressed.
The aviation industry has agreed to cap carbon emissions to half the 2005 levels by 2050.
Interior Minister wants security operatives to undergo drug tests
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbeshola has called on all security agencies in Nigeria to undergo drug tests to ensure only drug-free operatives bear arms.
Aregbeshola made the call during the flag-off ceremony of substance abuse test tagged, “The test begins with me” by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that that the test was important as NIS was an arms bearing agency that could not afford to have anybody under the influence of drugs constituting dangers to themselves and to the public.
According to him, there should be zero drug abuse in all security agencies as nothing could be more dangerous than to have an addict and a substance abuser holding gun.
“And of course, an abuser of drugs can not be in full control of his or her senses.
“To that extent, he is capable of endangering the lives of the citizens besides the dangers that the abusers is already exposed to, by himself and for himself.
“The test begins with me initiative, is commendable and a welcome development that would help all our security agencies free from drug abuse.
“I therefore, recommend this initiative to all security agencies in Nigeria, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and generally to the public.
“Let us all employers of labour outside government emulate the immigration service and embark on drug integrity test.
“When we all do this, we would have laid a gap of sensitisation and enforcement of the fact to have a drug free society which is compulsory for a sane order and a sane society, ” he said..
Aregbeshola said that the essence of the flag-off was to ensure that all security agencies should be able to beat their chests and tell the whole world that the agencies have drug free operatives in the service.
According to him, this is not to prosecute anybody.
“We are here to ensure that officers represent Nigeria appropriately.
“This is necessary for personnel to be competent and ready for their services and that their personality profile fit the responsibility we assigned them.
“The drug integrity test is compulsory and a must and that is why everyone must undergo the test . The defender must not be defenseless.
“We support rehabilitation and thanks to our Partners, the NDLEA, who have assured us of their support towards rehabilitation of officers that test positive to drug and substance abuse, ” he said
The Minister called on Comptrollers of immigration across the country to ensure that the drug tests was carried out efficiently, effectively and properly.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede noted that the service would henceforth, subject the cadet officers and recruits to substance abuse tests before they conclude the recruitment process and sent for basic training.
Babandede added that anyone who tested positive during recruitment would immediately be dropped, adding that nobody that was a drug abuser would be taken into the service.
“I wish to inform everyone here present that to drive the process and show that the test begins with me, I, the Comptroller General will be the first to take this test today.
“Afterwards, priority will be given to our personnel who bear arms and constantly interface with our esteemed public, ” he said.
Edited By: Francis Onyeuku/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Immigration partners NDLEA on drug test, rehabilitation for personnel
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is partnering with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the rehabilitation of its officers and men who might test positive to drug integrity tests.
Speaking at the inauguration of the substance abuse test exercise for officers and men of the service on Thursday in Abuja, the Comptroller General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede said that the test would began with him.
Babandede said that the choice of the theme, “the test begins with me” was strategic towards the participation of every officer in the testing and remaining committed to the idea.
He said that the exercise was not aimed at witch hunting anybody neither would anyone found positive be subjected to disciplinary procedures.
The Comptroller General said that it was to bring to light the negative effect of drug abuse while fashioning out ways to rehabilitate anyone who may test positive.
“So, if the test begins with me, the healing should also begin with me.
“We are hoping to partner with NDLEA especially in terms of rehabilitation for anyone who may test positive to the use of some of these substances.
“We will also be requesting that you help build the capacity of a pre-select team of officers and men who will be carrying out the duty of sensitisation and enlightenment as we progress with this exercise.
“We are committed to ensuring that every single personnel of the service undergo this process because we intend to achieve a substance abuse free service for our officers, men and indeed their families,” he said.
Babandede said that Immigration officers were saddled with the duty of bearing arms while playing vital roles in National Security within the framework of statutory duties of service.
“The aim of this exercise is to prohibit the possession, sale or use of harmful substances that can inhibit the capacity of the user to perform these statutory duties.
“Albeit, the service may have recorded cases of indiscipline resulting from substance abuse, we decided to be proactive by introducing this exercise.
“This is in order to checkmate the habit of substance abuse and the effect of intake of these substances may have on our role of service delivery to the civil populace,” he said.
Responding, Chiarman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) said that the agency would collaborate with not just NIS but any agency particularly, Federal Civil Service and all the other services in need of such test.
Abdallah, who was represented by the Secretary, NDLEA, Mr Shedrach Haruna, noted that what was starting with the immigration would extend to other agencies and all services which bear arms in the country.
“This is a way to bring about the issue of free society. A society that is free from drugs and this is starting with the service of the Federation and all other civil service.
“We are also working to collaborate with states to ensure that all the arm bearing agencies undergo this drug integrity test.
“This is part of NDLEA’s work. We are mandated to coordinate preventive measures against drug knowing that drug use in the country has increased.
“We have developed a procedure to ensure we curb the process and stem the trend of substance abuse in the country,” he said.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)