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NDLEA debunks video claim of drug, arm seizure in Benin

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo has described as unfounded the claim of large supplies of arms, ammunition, and cannabis seized by Edo youths in a video trending in the social media.

The state commander, Mr Buba Wakawa while briefing newsmen in Benin on Thursday said that the video was a mischievous attempt by some criminal minded individuals to heighten tensions in the state.

According to him, “I am shocked by the deceit and false claim because the video being circulated was the seizure of a truck containing Cannabis Sativa that was intercepted by the Edo command in November 2016.

“The case was charged to court and the perpetrators duly convicted. Unfortunately, the same video is being used to spread rumours aimed at creating fear and insecurity in the state. It is completely spurious and should be ignored.

“The false video urged Nigerians especially Southerners to be vigilant because supplies of ammunitions to Benin City have been intercepted by Benin youths at Aduwawa area of the state capital, meant for Hausa community. This is seriously misleading,” he said.

Wakawa explained that in November 2016, the Command intercepted a Dangote Truck at Enweh with 7,950 kilograms of dried substance, suspected to be cannabis concealed in bags of cement.

He said investigation revealed that the driver, Segiru Amadu collected N1.3 million to transport the drugs to Maiduguri.

“The Agency got excellent cooperation from Dangote Cement Company in the said case.

“The driver who fled the scene of seizure was arrested by Dangote Cement Company and charged for breach of contract before a Kogi State Magistrate Court.

“After serving his jail term in Kogi, he was brought to Edo for the criminal trial of unlawful transportation of cannabis for which he was also convicted.

“Subsequently, Dangote Cement Company was given a clean bill of non-complicity in the case and equally commended for its high level of cooperation,’’ Wakawa said.

The commander further clarified that the cannabis seizure in 2016 has nothing to do with firearms or the management of Dangote Company, stressing that the good reputation of Dangote Group of Companies should not be smeared.

“The Agency maintained that investigation will be conducted to uncover those behind the calumny and punish them accordingly,’’ Wakawa said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NDLEA destroys hashish laboratory, recovers 13 live ammunition

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has destroyed a clandestine laboratory for production of Hashish Oil and recovered 13 rounds of live ammunition with other drugs and substances in Lagos.

Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

Hashish is a drug made from the resin of the cannabis plant and it is consumed by inhaling from a small piece, typically in a pipe, bong, vaporizer or joint, or via oral ingestion.

Achema noted that the hashish clandestine laboratory was the first ever to be discovered by the agency as it had always uncover other drugs and substances.

Achema, who noted that the laboratory was located in an apartment on No. 7, Imam Augusto Close, Victoria Island, Lagos was dismantled by the Serious Enforcement Team of NDLEA.

According to him, the investigation started before the COVID-19 and NDLEA had only uncovered methamphetamine, adding that it is shocking to discover such laboratory in the centre of Lagos.

He noted that the agency arrested one suspect (name withheld) in the course of the operation code-named Hash-Caste.

He said that the suspected owner of the laboratory engaged in indoor growing of cannabis sativa and processing same into hashish oil through extraction.

“The suspect is a graduate of University of Southern Denmark with a degree in Electronic Engineering.

“Aged 42, the suspect claimed to have been pushed into the hydroponic cannabis growing and Hashish Oil extraction following the collapse of his Inverter, Metering and Solar Installation Company in 2019.

“He said he noticed that there is so much money to be made in view of the high demand for Hashish oil in the international market as a curative medicine for cancer,” he said.

Achema said that the suspect expansive premise was well fortified with protective dogs and himself well armed, ostensibly to put up resistance from the suspected onslaught of law enforcement agencies.

He added that several drug exhibits were recovered which include 911 grams of Cannabis seeds, 21 Kilograms of Cannabis infused Ethanol, 83 grams of Hashish Oil 123mg THC-70 CBD.

“1.127 Kilograms of Cannabis Cream, 80 grams of fresh Cannabis plant and 25 grams of dried Cannabis plant were also recovered.

“Other items found in the active laboratory are: 500 grams of Potassium Hydroxide Pellets, Propyl Alcohol.

“500 grams of Sodium Hydroxide Pellets, Distilled water, Water Aspirator Vacuum Pump, Round bottom Flasks, Citric Acid, PH Meter, Retort Stands, Distillation Flasks, Printer, Spectronet wireless wifi, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).

“Two vehicles belonging to the suspect were seized as they were suspected to have been acquired from the proceeds of illicit drug trade.

“Also detected are two bank accounts belonging to the suspect and one jointly operated by the suspect and his mother,” he said.

The Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd.) noted that the drug trade was “assuming a hitherto unthinkable dimension for somebody to turn his premises into a cannabis farm”.

He added that it was unimaginable for someone to establish in the same premises a laboratory to process the proceeds into bye products such as Hashish.

He urged all stakeholders to deploy all means to contain this act because Nigeria could not afford a dangerous brew of Hashish Oil.

He added that the agency had been working assiduously to put an end to methamphetamine local production.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NDLEA vows to nab suspected gunmen who killed its officer in Imo

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The National  Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo command, said it would ensure it brought to justice suspected gunmen who killed its officer on duty.

NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Nse Inam, said this in a statement signed by Mr Kayode Raji, Assistant Commander in charge of operations and intelligence in Owerri on Tuesday.

Inam in the statement regretted the death of the officer and described the incident as “unfortunate”.

 He said that manhunt for the killer gunmen had commenced with  investigation of the incident being handled by appropriate law enforcement agencies.

According to him, the deceased was one of five officers of the command drafted into the drugs component of the ‘operation search and flush’, a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints of criminal activities in Imo.

He added that the officers ran into gunmen who opened fire at them upon noticing that they were law enforcement agents at Ohi junction, Mbaitoli Local Government Area, on May 5, with one officer losing his life in the process.

The commander said that two injured officers were already responding positively to treatment at a hospital in Owerri while expressing optimism that manhunt for the gunmen would yield the desired result.

He commiserated with the family and loved ones of the deceased officer and called on members of the public to avail the police and other law enforcement agencies of any information that might lead to the arrest of criminals.

 “Five officers of the command who are part of the state’s operation search and flush ran into gunmen later identified as kidnap suspects with the latter opening fire at close range resulting in the death of an officer.

 “Two other officers were injured and are currently responding well to treatment. Relevant security agencies are investigating the incident and we assure the general public that the culprits will be brought to book very soon.

 The NDLEA boss however, frowned at social media publications which presented falsehood of the incident and called on Nigerians to embrace confirmed  facts rather than hearsay.

 “It is rather unfortunate that various social media publications on this incident have presented a different picture of what actually happened to the reading public.

 “This is regrettable and we call on Nigerians to look out for confirmed facts as against mere hearsay and casual assumptions ,” he said. 

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NDLEA seizes 619.08kg of illicit drugs in Adamawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Adamawa, has announced the seizure of 619.08kg of psychotropics and other illicit drugs between January and May 2020.

Mohammed Idris, NDLEA’s Commander in Adamawa, said at a press briefing in Yola on Monday that the breakthrough followed the agency’s synergy with other security outfits.

He said that the command also arrested 166 drug suspects during the period under review, saying, “158 of them were male while eight were female”.

According to him, the NDLEA had been working in partnership with Operation Farauta, a Joint Security task Force in the state.

Idris also stated that the agency had renewed its vigour and strategies towards tackling drug challenges in all parts of the state.

“I told you earlier this year that we would employ a new strategy to tackle the drug challenges in the state; our searchlights have been on the various drug black spots,” he said.

The commander said that the agency had strategically tackled illegal drug activities in abattoirs and motor parks across the state.

“With our new strategies and cordial working relationship with other sister security operatives, a total of 619.08kg of illicit drugs and substances were seized between January and May,” he said.

He said the agency equally seized abandoned drugs in Jambutu Central Motor Park Jimeta, Fufore, Gombi and Mubi.

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NDLEA seizes Indian Hemp worth N7.7m in Oyo, amidst COVID-19

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, said, on Wednesday, that it seized 856.7kg of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Indian Hemp, in the month of April in the state.
The Spokesperson of the command, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.
Okuwobi put the value of the psychotropic substance at N7,710,300.
“In spite of the lockdown order in some parts of the country, NDLEA, Oyo State command, recorded a seizure of 856.7kg of Cannabis Sativa in the month of April.
“We should all be watchful before the dealers start bringing illicit drugs/substance abuse to our doorsteps.
“To slow the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation recommends physical distancing as a protective measure.
“Physical distancing will, therefore, reduce the availability of alcohol and other drugs of abuse, and it is a great opportunity to reduce drug intake and become healthier persons,” she said.
Okuwobi urged parents to be vigilant in order to protect their children against drug abuse.
According to her, substance abuse increases the risk of coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms of COVID-19 in them.
“Those struggling with addiction, particularly from opioid and methamphetamine use, including codeine, rohpnol, alcohol, and those who smoke or take nicotine or marijuana are more vulnerable to COVID– 19 than others.
“We have been made to understand that COVID-19 attacks the respiratory tract and can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, respiratory failure and death.
“Therefore, parents and guardians should be aware of this and take precautions to protect their children and wards during this pandemic.
“Also, parents should monitor the exposure of their children to media outlets to counter negative contents, as some media are flooded with harmful information that may stimulate early invitation and increased consumption of illicit drugs,’’ she said.
Okuwobi also warned the public to shun misinformation, particularly such myths that alcohol could kill the coronavirus in the throat.
She said that the command, under the leadership of Mrs Josephine Obi, would continue to raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse.

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NDLEA nabs suspected cannabis trafficker in Benin

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A 46-year-old suspected drug trafficker has been arrested in Edo by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday in Benin.

The suspect claimed that he sustained his family with illicit drug proceeds even during the COVID-19 lockdown order and inter-state boundary closure.

The suspect and another 33-year-old suspect were caught with 17 bags of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa.

According to Mr Buba Wakawa, the Edo Commander of the NDLEA, the substance weighed about 198 kilo grammes.

Wakawa also disclosed that a Toyota Previa bus with registration number, Lagos AKD 118 AX conveying the illicit drugs was also impounded by officers of the Okada Area Command.

He said that the detection and arrest took place at Egbeta-Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the State following a tip-off.

The suspect, who lives in Okada with his wife and four children, claimed that although he was a farmer, proceeds from cannabis was his other source of income.

NAN also reports that the suspect hails from Abi, in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.

“I am a farmer, but I also deal in cannabis to make ends meet.

“I am an intermediary between the seller and buyer. My commission is two thousand Naira per bag amounting to thirty-four thousand Naira.

“This is how I have been surviving this season. Though there is a lockdown, the drug business is still going on because customers keep coming to buy cannabis,” he said.

However the second suspect, said that he was contacted to convey the drug.

“I am an artist by profession and I also use my bus for hire services. (The first suspect) called me that he has some goods to convey.

“While on our way, we were arrested by NDLEA officers,” he said.

The 33-year-old suspect hails from Yache in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State and married with four children.

The NDLEA Commander expressed satisfaction with the arrest, adding that those who engage in drug trafficking will be apprehended.

“The laws of the country are still in operation, therefore those who traffic illicit drugs should expect the law to take its course,” he said.

The commander said that the suspects would be charged to court soon.

NAN reports that during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, drug traffickers continued to smuggle drugs in spite of the lockdown.

NAN also recalls that six vehicles containing 1,687 kgs of cannabis were also impounded at Agenebode in Etsako Local Government Area of the state.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NDLEA arrests suspect with 247kg cannabis in Imo

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The Imo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 48 year-old-man with substance suspected to be cannabis sativa weighing over 247kilograms.

Mr Nse Inam, the Imo NDLEA commander said this while parading the suspect at the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Tuesday.

Inam, who was represented by the Assistant State Commander in charge of Operations and intelligence, Mr Kayode Raji, said that the substance was found in the home of the suspect by officers of the command at 2a.m on Monday.

He added that the suspect, whom  the agency had been trailing for about four months, was arrested based on intelligence reports from monitoring and surveillance.

He further alleged that the suspect was a notorious dealer and major supplier of the exhibit to most outlets in the state, adding that his arrest would go a long way in reducing the spate of circulation of illicit drugs in Imo.

The Imo NDLEA boss also said that all facts of the arrest were ready for the prosecution of the suspect.

He assured that necessary mechanism had already been put in place by the agency to forestall any possible attempt by sympathisers of the suspect to frustrate his prosecution.

“In the last four months, our men have worked very hard to achieve this result and we believe that the arrest of this major notorious drug dealer will sound a note of warning to other peddlers in Imo to desist forthwith.

“We respect fundamental human rights of everyone and that is why we have thoroughly prepared the facts of this arrest for prosecution,’’ he said.

He, however, called on members of the public to report suspected drug peddlers to the NDLEA while thanking officers of the command for a job well done.

On his part, the suspect, a father of five said that he usually bought the exhibits from a supplier in Edo and sold them in Imo, adding that he had been in the business for five years.

He also claimed that farming was his major occupation, saying that he was in business of cannabis sativa to make additional income.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu and Isaac Ukpoju
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Customs hands over N.84m hemp to NDLEA in Bauchi

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in Bauchi on Thursday handed over 40 bags of Indian hemp it confiscated from fleeing suspects  to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), for custody and investigation.

Speaking at the hand over ceremony in Bauchi, Mr Adesanmi Omiye, the Comptroller of the Federal Operations’ Unit of the service, said the duty paid value of the hemp was worth N840,000.

Omiye said the customs’ operatives made the seizure within Awala area of the Bauchi metropolis.

“The illicit drugs were concealed in foot wears classified under heading 1211 with duty paid value (DPV) of N840,000 only.

“We are handing the seized items to you (NDLEA) for proper investigation and necessary action,” he said

Omiye assured the NDLEA of the service’s continued support, cooperation and synergy to rid the country of illicit drugs.

Mr Shehu Lawal, NDLEA’s head of Narcotics Unit, said the seizure showed the existing synergy between the two agencies.

According to Lawal, security agencies in the state were united in the fight against crime.

He assured the Comptroller that the NDLEA would ensure the culprits were arrested and brought to book.

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Drug: NDLEA secures conviction of 28, screens 38 title holders in Kano

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has secured the conviction of 28 drug peddlers in Kano state from January to date.

The Commander of the agency in the state, Abdul Ibrahim disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Kano.

Ibrahim also said that during the period, no fewer than 38 traditional title holders from the Kano Emirate Council were screened to ensure that they were not drug addicts.

Giving the breakdown of arrests during the period under review, he said the command nabbed 203 suspects – 178 males and 25 females.

He explained that out of the number, 25 persons were standing trial in the Federal High Court.

“During the period, we also seized over two tons of exhibits which include 1,801kg of Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

“Following relentless efforts by our men, we also succeeded in seizing 200kg of psychotropic substances during the period.’’

He added that the agency had provided a brief intervention for 209 drug users in the state and another eight brought by their parents and guardians.

The NDLEA commander said that as part of the command’s efforts to reduce drug abuse in Kano, it had conducted an awareness campaign across 12 schools in the state.

On the issue of COVID-19, he said the command had discharged inmates with low profile cases and taken necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

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NDLEA arrests 57 suspected drug peddlers in Oyo

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 57 suspected drug peddlers in Oyo State between January and March.

Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, the Public Relations Officer of the NDLEA in the state, who made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan, said assorted drugs weighing 169.71 kilogrammes were seized during the period.

“In the first quarter of year 2020, the command under the leadership of Mrs Josephine Obi, made progress in the drug war in the areas of arrests and seizures, prosecution, rehabilitation of drug users and public enlightenment and advocacy.

“The agency confiscated 169.71 kilogrammes 

of various drugs including Cannabis sativa, Cocaine, Diazepam, Rohypnol, Bromatan, Tramadol and Colorado.

“The agency also recovered one locally made pistol and one bloodstained army jackknife,” she said.

According to her, 23 convictions were recorded and the convicts were currently serving various jail terms, ranging from six months to five years.

“During this period, the Command gave brief counseling intervention to 35 people who use drugs. Out of nine clients undergoing residential rehabilitation in our command, three have been rehabilitated and integrated into the society,”  she said.

Okuwobi said the anti-drug agency also gave abuse preventive lectures in six

 primary and 29 secondary schools across the state in the period under review.

“The state commander advises parents and guardians to be vigilant and proactive to keep their children and wards off drugs. Also let us help people who use drugs to use this period of restriction to break the habit. Stay home, stay clean and stay off drugs,” she said.

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NDLEA seize 9.4 kg exhibits from drug peddlers in Imo 

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The National  Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo command, has seized 9.37 kg exhibits from alleged drug peddlers in different parts of the state.

 

NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Nse Inam, said this while parading two suspected peddlers at the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Friday.

 

Inam, who was represented by Mr Kayode Raji, the Assistant State Commander in charge of Operations and Intelligence, said that 9.7kg cannabis sativa and 26.2g methamphetamine were found on the first suspect Mr Gasike Amadi.

 

He added that 3.5g of cocaine and 7.2g of heroine was also found on the second suspect, Kingsley Ehirim.

 

The commander said that the mode of concealment of the exhibits left much to be desired as according to him, the first suspect had smartly arranged the exhibits in a disguised television set.

 

He thanked officers of the command for their proactive efforts in painstakingly tracking the culprits for a period of two months while urging them not to relent.

 

He also called on members of the public to report suspected drug peddlers to the NDLEA adding that the agency would tirelessly continue to carry out its constitutional mandate.

 

“These arrests are the result of two months proactive efforts by our tireless officers who had to use a lot of intelligence to discover the exhibits even though they were disguised and hidden in a television set.

 

“We call on Nigerians to always supply the NDLEA with useful information that can lead to the tracking and arrest of illicit drug peddlers,” he said.

 

One of the suspects, Amadi, 30, of Uburu-Okpala in Ngor-okpala LGA of Imo, who is also a security man with a telecommunication company, told newsmen that he usually bought the exhibits from a supplier in Edo and sold them in Imo.

 

He however, confessed that he began peddling drugs in 2019 when he realized that his salary of N10,000 could not support his family of five.

 

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Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu
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NDLEA impounds 6 vehicles carrying N25m cannabis sativa in Edo

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The Edo Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday impounded six vehicles, containing about 1,687kg of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa.

Addressing newsmen in Benin, the Commander of the agency in Edo, Mr Buba Wakawa, put the value of the substances at about N25 million.

He said that sustained monitoring by the agency’s operatives led to bursting of the syndicate trafficking the hard drugs.

“This is the first time that six vehicles will be impounded in a single swift action by the command.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the cartel targeted the emergency created by the Coronavirus pandemic for massive shipment of drugs but the command swiftly nipped their nefarious plan in the bud.”

Wakawa put the value of the impounded vehicles to about N10 million, bringing the total losses suffered by the drug peddlers to N35 million.

“The operation, which was carried out by the Auchi Area Command of the agency, based on intelligence gathering, took place at Agenebode in the Etsako East Local Government Area of the state.

“It is one of the most successful operations executed by the state command since January.

“All six vehicles had a full shipment of cannabis set for distribution to other states of the federation.”

He said that Edo was notorious for cultivation of cannabis.

“Therefore, as drug control managers, we have adopted both primary and secondary strategies to check this criminal act.

“We do this by tracing and destroying cannabis farms as well as intercepting harvested and processed cannabis before it gets to the final consumers.”

Citing Section 32, sub-section (C) of the NDLEA Act, Wakawa said that that: “All instrumentality of conveyance, including aircraft, vehicles or vessels which are used to facilitate the transportation, sale, receipt, possession or concealment of substances shall be forfeited.

“The six vehicles seized from the interstate cannabis smuggling cartel, include a Toyota Sienna vehicle with registration number AA 826 MKR Katsina.

“It contained 40 bags of cannabis, weighing 440 kg, while another Toyota Sienna vehicle with registration number MAN 614 AA Kaduna, had 41 bags of the substance, among others,’’ the commander said.

Wakawa disclosed, however, that the drivers of the impounded vehicles escaped arrest.

“Meanwhile, intensive efforts by the command are underway to apprehend members of the cartel and bring them to book.”

Wakawa appealed to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to assist the command with utility vehicles to boost the agency’s operations in the state.

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NDLEA warns against illicit use of psychotropic

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo Command on Friday warned against the use of illicit and distribution of psychotropic substances.

 

NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr Nse Inam,  said that nonprofessional in the field of medicine should steer clear of sales and distribution of drugs.

 

Inam, who was represented by the Assistant Commander in charge of Operations and Intelligence, Mr Kayode Raji at a three day workshop organised by the agency for members of the Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary  Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED).

 

He said that the dangers of illicit use of psychotropic could not be overemphasised.

 

The commander however, described the role of NAPPMED in sale and distribution of medicine as “nonnegotiable” especially in rural areas with little or no accessibility to adequate health care.

 

He commended the association for supporting the NDLEA in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

 

Inam said that there was need to empower NAPPMED with relevant knowledge so as to enable them serve the people better.

 

According to him, the agency would not relent in bringing offenders to book.

 

He called for strict adherence to relevant laws of the land.

 

“NAPPMED is the closest to the people especially in the rural areas where it is difficult to access tertiary, secondary or primary health care services.

 

“This is why we think that NAPPMED has a crucial role to play in this regard and should be empowered with knowledge of drugs such as psychotropic so as to mitigate the possibility of abuse.

 

“It will be in the best interests of Imo residents to abide by the laws of the land and stop every form of unprofessional use and distribution of psychotropic substances.

 

“The legal implications of breaking the law in this respect are not palatable and offenders will not go unpunished,” he said.

 

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PCN, NAFDAC, NDLEA seal 4 pharmacies in Oyo over alleged illegal operations

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The Joint Monitoring Team of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC and NDLEA in Oyo State, on Thursday, sealed four pharmacies in Ogbomoso for allegedly selling fake and expired drugs.

Addressing newsmen after the operation, the PCN South-West Director, Mrs Yejide Oseni, said that the exercise would create awareness about the regulatory bodies controlling the pharmaceutical profession.

Oseni said that all the team also sealed the pharmacies because they were operating illegally.

”The pharmacies were not registered and those operating them are not professionals,” she said.

She said that some of the sealed pharmacies were selling controlled drugs, according to her, can only be handled by pharmacists.

“Some sell expired and fake drugs, and without NAFDAC number.

“People are not expected to just sell drugs without regulation, because it can lead to death rather than save lives,” Oseni said.

Oseni said that a pharmaceutical store must be manned by a pharmacist.

Mr Okorie Obiajuru, the NDLEA Principal Staff Officer, Operations and Intelligence, said that the aim of the operation was to sanitise the society of fake and expired drugs.

Obiajuru said that drugs were things that concerned human health, adding that if wrongly taken, they could result in death.

He called on Nigerians to do the right thing so as to safeguard the society.

The Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer, NAFDAC, Mrs Ayodele Morenikeji, said that further investigations would be carried out on the owners of the sealed pharmacies and that they would be charged to court, if the need arose.

One of the owners of the sealed pharmacy, who was arrested, told newsmen that he was not a pharmacist and did not have a licence to operate as one.

Aremu said that he had been operating the pharmacy for the past three years.

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NDLEA intercepts 3.5kilogrammes of powdery Tramadol

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Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) Special Area Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted suspected powdery Tramadol weighing 3.5 kilogrammes.

NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mr Jonah Achema, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that a 51 year old man, Usman Ramadan was arrested with the illicit substance.

Achema said that the suspect claimed to be an ex-soldier from Borno and was arrested at the outbound screening point on his way to board an Ethiopian Airline to Dubai.

He said that the suspect had stuffed his luggage with black and white polythene bags containing a powdery substance which upon inspection turned out to be grounded Tramadol tablets.

“Initially, the suspect claimed that he was carrying “elubo,” local yam flour but later confessed that he had to grind the Tramadol tablets in order to beat security operatives.

“He claimed to have sustained injuries during the civil war and that he needed Tramadol at all times to relieve him of the pains,” he said.

Mr Mohammed Ajiya, NDLEA MAKIA Commander, said that the case of powdery Tramadol was strange to the command.

“We have made seizures of Tramadol severally but that it now comes in powdery form calls for extra vigilance. It means drug merchants are never short of ideas. No matter what, we will continue to beat them to their antics,” he said.

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NDLEA arrests 12 suspected mobile drugs peddlers in Sokoto

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National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has arrested 12 suspected mobile drugs peddlers including those who specialised in using charms to evade arrest in Sokoto State.

Mr Yakibu Kibo, NDLEA Commander in charge of Sokoto State, told the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Sokoto, that suspects were arrested between March 1 and 14 in Sokoto metropolis.

Kibo disclosed that the agency conducted a special operation after series of surveillance on illicit drugs peddlers who used motorcycles to supply small quantities of drugs to their customers on demands via phone calls.

He said: “We tactically unravel their mode of operations and go after them and successfully apprehended some of the perpetrators.

“The agency confiscated 21.416 kilogrammes of assorted drugs along with 3.6 liters of codeine syrup.

“We notice that women are most vulnerable customers of this mobile drugs traders”.

Kibo added that the seized drugs included Refenol tablets commonly used by kidnappers and car thieves to subject people into comma before perpetrating their acts.

The commander decried spate of patronage of cannabis conk in the state, noting that it was specially made to serve like cocaine imported from other countries.

According to him, a measure of conk costs about N15, 000 in view of the high patronage, warning that the pentazocine injection, being prepared for onward use in a syringe for N300 per certain milligrammes has been a major source of transmitting and other infections disease.

Kibo explained that disease transmission is inevitable bu using syringes which were not properly sterilised and indiscriminately applied to people.

He warned residents to be wary of motorcyclists frequenting their houses, and urged them to be vigilant and query such unwanted visitors.

Kibo advised illicit drug dealers and vendors to opt for other legitimate businesses as they contribute in escalating crimes in the society, warning that the agency would not conduct such acts.

The commandant reiterated commitment to check illicit drugs trade to make the society drug free.

NAN reports that the Agency had arrested 19 suspects and seized 141.534 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in February.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Rabiu Sani Ali
(NAN)

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NDLEA seeks stronger ties with Navy on drug-related issues

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it will strengthen its bond with the Nigerian Navy to checkmate  the importation of drug and hard substance-related issues into the country through the  waterways.

 

Mrs Omolade Faboyede, the Director of Seaports Operations, NDLEA, said this  when she led  the agency’s management  on a courtesy visit to  Rear Adm. Oladele Daji in Lagos.

 

Daji is the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Western Naval Command (WNC).

 

Faboyede said that findings had shown that a large volume of drugs coming into the country was through the sea.

 

She said that drug issues were not only a communal threat but a national one.

 

“The issue of drugs is of great concern to every one of us.

 

“Apart from being a security threat, drug issue affects the family, the home and the community at large.

 

“There is the  need for every hand to be on deck to work against this issue of drugs,’’ she said.

 

According to her, a large volume of drugs is coming to Nigeria through the sea, compared to, through the air or the land borders.

 

She added that that was why the NDLEA was established.

 

She decried that those engaging in drugs were becoming more sophisticated, saying that both government organisations needed to be proactive in order to curb the menace.

 

“On our side, we need to be proactive and in our being proactive, we are seeking your collaboration,’’ Faboyede said.

 

Faboyede said that being a new directorate, it would be relying on the Nigerian Navy in areas of intelligence, basic naval training.

 

“We look forward to an intersection and transferring of exhibits to us as time goes on because we know, it is not every time we can get to those vessels.

 

“If your men come across the drugs, then it should be easily transferred to NDLEA for further prosecution,’’ she said.

 

Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, said that drug issues could be labelled a global epidemic of large proportion.

 

“We’ve been collaborating in several areas, even before the (HSOP) was articulated.

 

“The issue of drugs and abuse of drugs transient borders, national boundaries.

 

“It is no respecter of social status since both the  high and low people in the society are affected in one way or the other by drugs and substance abuse.

 

“I think it requires, not just the NDLEA as the lead agency that is charged with that responsibility, but a wholistic  approach by  the society   to solve the problem,’’ Daji said.

The FOC also commended the agency for its continuous enlightenment of the Naval pesonnel on the dangers  inherent in  drugs and substance abuse.

 

“It’s a programme, which is in our schedule of events, and done bi-annually.

 

“We believe that by talking to the men through somebody from outside, they will take it more seriously than if it were organised in-house.’’

 

He assured the NDLEA management  that the Navy would not hesitate to help the directorate.

 

“There are levels of intelligence sharing and we will not hesitate to share any information we have.

 

“So far so good, we have not recorded any problem or case of any personnel of the agency not cooperating in the course of our duties,’’ FOC said.

 

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Peter Dada
(NAN)

 

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NDLEA files drug trafficking charge against cobbler

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday, filed one-count charge of alleged trafficking in 600g of cannabis in a Federal High Court Lagos.

In the charge sheet filed by Mr Jeremiah Aernan, the anti drug agency alleged that the suspect  committed the offence on Feb. 13.

Aernan alleged that the suspect was arrested in Ijegun Market in the Alimosho area Lagos, while selling the banned substance.

According to prosecution, Hemp is a banned narcotics similar to Heroine and other restricted hard drugs which are all listed in the NDLEA schedule as being prohibited.

The offence, contravened the provisions of Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation 2004.

The Act provides a penalty of life imprisonment if convicted on the offence.

No date has been fixed for arraignment of the suspect.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
(NAN)

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NDLEA urges pupils to shun drug abuse

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday cautioned pupils in Lagos State against drug abuse.

 

Mr Ralph Igwenagu, the Commander of the NDLEA in Lagos State, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday.

Igwenagu said that the advice became necessary to ensure pupils’ mental, social, spiritual and physical stability.

 

He said that research findings had shown that there was a high prevalence of drugs abuse in Lagos.

 

He said that the findings also confirmed that pupils involved in drug consumption had been found to be mentally unfit.

 

“Drug abuse disrupts their education, paves way for high crime rate and eventually makes such pupils liabilities to their families and society,’’ he said.

 

He said that the NDLEA command in Lagos was stepping up efforts to ensure that pupils in the state were maximally sensitised to the dangers of consuming illicit drugs.

 

“It is the agency’s duty to sensitise the residents, especially, the youth to the dangers inherent in drug abuse,’’ Igwenadu said.

 

He also advised youths to be assertive when saying no to illicit drugs offered them by friends or relatives.

 

He also implored those involved in drug abuse to make themselves available for advice and rehabilitation.

 

NAN reports that the NDLEA command in Lagos, had on Feb. 26 organised a sentisisation programme for some secondary schools in the state with the theme “Security Day Celebration.’’

 

Some of the schools that participated in the programme were Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Ikeja Junior Secondary and Ikeja Junior College.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Peter Dada (NAN)

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NDLEA intercepts 1,360 rounds of live ammunition on highway

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Bauchi State Command has intercepted 1,360 rounds of live ammunition of 7.6mm caliber during a motorised patrol along Bauchi-Jos Road.

Mr Jonah Achema, Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, disclosed this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

Achema said that the ammunition was conveyed to Jos, Plateau State by a commercial Vectra Car which carried seven passengers, adding that one AK 47 magazine was also found in the vehicle.

“Upon interrogation, two of the passengers admitted ownership of the ammunition and magazine which they neatly concealed in two sacks and kept in the boot of the vehicle.

“They were transporting the deadly consignments from Numan in Adamawa State to certain buyers in Plateau State. The suspects have been unable to produce any official permit for the deadly items.

“The two suspects confessed that they have been into the business of illegal arms dealing for a period of time,’’ he said.

Achema said the suspects confirmed that each of the ammunition was to be sold for ₦500 only.

One of the suspect said “It is a business for us. Things are really hard in this country and we need to sell these items so that we put food on the table for our families.

The Bauchi State Commander, Mr Segun Kolawole-Oke, said that the suspects and exhibits would be handed over to the Bauchi State Police Command for further investigation.

According to him “the origin of the arms and the destination are both areas with rampant misuse of weapons.

“We therefore cannot take this issue of arms trafficking lightly,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NDLEA arrests woman on watch list for 10 years in Sokoto

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Sokoto State Command, has arrested a woman who had been on the watch list for 10 years and 18 other drug dealers.

The NDLEA Sokoto Commander, Mr Yakubu Kibo told newsmen on Tuesday in Sokoto that all the suspects were arrested in February.

He said the command made a total seizure of 141.534kg of illicit drugs during the month.

According to him, the illicit drugs includes cannabis sativa 134.128kg and psychotropic substances which includes tramadol diazepam and pentazocine injection.

“We arrested a very notorious cannabis sativa dealer in the state, Madam Queen from Raymond Village.

”Madam Queen has been on our watch list for the past 10 years and on the 28th of February, she was arrested alongside her sales boy.

“This time around, it was not limited to cannabis sativa, she is now a multi-illicit drug dealer. Apart from the cannabis we seized from her, other drugs including pentazocine injection was also found with her,” he said.

He said pentazocine is a dangerous injection which is class ‘A’ in prohibited drugs worldwide.

The commander revealed that another notorious business centre of one Ali Custom was also raided on two occasions at Kofar Marke, Rukubawa area and 97.750kg of illicit drugs were seized.

He said NDLEA had also returned sanity to popular Sokoto Hotel as well as raided a lot of other black spots in the state in February.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

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