The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe, said on Monday that it would destroy 2,489.869 kilograms of various illicit drugs.
Mr Aliyu Adole, the Commandant of the state’s command, said this at the inauguration of NDLEA’s Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre in Gombe.
Adole explained that the drugs were a collection of those seized in the course of 16 years beginning in 2003 when the command was created.
“These drugs if allowed to be circulated in the state would cause greater damage and death to our youth.
“And recently our mothers and wives have not found solace in these drugs,” he said.
He described the use and trafficking of the illicit substances as worrisome and a big problem facing the country in general and Gombe state in particular.
“Addressing the problems of drug abuse and trafficking is a major challenge facing our society.
“The challenge is so alarming because of the increasing spate of the problem,” he added.
The commandant further said that drug addiction could be responsible for the crimes committed by hood looms in the state.
He praised the state government for rehabilitating the youths that had become involved with illicit drug use and making them useful citizens.
Coronavirus can cause drug abuse – NDLEA Spokesman
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said that Coronavirus could cause or trigger the abuse of drugs and illicit substances.
Achema said that some people had taken to self medication of Coronavirus by treating themselves in the house without getting to see a doctor.
According to him, with the kind of concoctions we have been hearing as therapy for Coronavirus, it gives us an idea and impression of addiction already.
“This means that after the pandemic a lot of people are going to get hooked and become addicted to those drugs that affect the central systems.
“Well, Coronavirus may appear to be new development but some of the symptoms are within us and are evidentially caused by drug abuse.
“Considering that some drugs people take such as caffeine and nicotine impact negatively on the lungs, liver and the kidney.
“We know what nicotine does but what is becoming worrisome is that Coronavirus can amplify drug abuse because of the self medications by people,” he said.
Achema said that there were people who would want to take preventive measures without following any necessary medical protocol or treatment.
He also said that some people after noticing symptoms would start to take measures to avert or cure with no recourse to medical protocols.
“And by so doing they take all manner of drugs without following prescription or dosage.
“We have heard of bitter kola, we have heard of ginger, lemon and all manner of substances and you know when you combine these things there will be trouble.
“Ordinarily or independently they may not be harmful. But the combination, the volume and the quantum can cause more harm than good.
“Even ordinary fruit, we may think it is not harmful, but when you take too much it may impact negatively on your health.
“Too much of everything they say is bad, ” he said.
“Fighting Coronavirus is not within the mandate of the agency but as responsible agency, within our own staff, we spread the gospel of improve personal hygiene, hand washing and distancing oneself.
“We operate within the frame work of responsible organisation, collaboration and spreading the awareness.
“And we also try to let people know seeming symbiotic relationship between Coronavirus and drug abuse, ” he said.
Achema appealed to the public to follow the rules and guidelines from the NCDC to help fight the scourge bedeviling the country and the entire globe.
He urged the people who might have seen the symptoms to visit the testing centres to avoid the spread of the virus, adding that fighting Coronavirus was a collective effort.
He reiterated the agency’s commitment at providing more awareness and measures in the fight against drug abuse in the country.
NDLEA destroys hashish laboratory, recovers 13 live ammunition
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.
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.
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.
“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)
NDLEA debunks video claim of drug, arm seizure in Benin
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)
NDLEA vows to nab suspected gunmen who killed its officer in Imo
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.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa (NAN)
NDLEA seizes 619.08kg of illicit drugs in Adamawa
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.
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.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh (NAN)
NDLEA seizes Indian Hemp worth N7.7m in Oyo, amidst COVID-19
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.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
NDLEA nabs suspected cannabis trafficker in Benin
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.
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 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)
NDLEA arrests suspect with 247kg cannabis in Imo
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
Customs hands over N.84m hemp to NDLEA in Bauchi
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.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Donald Ugwu
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