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NDLEA nabs dismissed DPO, dozens of others for drug offences

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has arrested Monday George Chika who was a former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police Station, Ondo State

Chika who is a dismissed police officer was arrested alongside an accomplice while in possession of 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168kg.

The 64-year-old, was arrested alongside, Emmanuel Eniola, 40 years.

Both were arrested on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Mokwa, Niger State, after their Toyota Avalon car marked Lagos EKY 429 BZ loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the state was intercepted.
The operatives of the agency also arrested one Fatima Musa, 30, for attempting to smuggle pentazocine injections into the camp of surrendered insurgents in Borno State.

A manhunt that had been on for weeks by narcortic officers on a suspected female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Adoke Seriki, 50, yielded expected result with the arrest of the woman.

The agency Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday pointed out that the suspect is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of “Loud” imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The statement added that Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin admitted being one of the owners of the seized consignments.

Also, she confessed to the NDLEA that her bags of drugs had the label ‘’Jah Bless’’on them.

The agency said when it eventually identified and sorted the exhibits, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85kg.

Other female suspects, five in number are among 17 suspects arrested in connection with the 3,727.72kg Methamphetamine seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin, Lagos, on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

In another development, total of 14,080kg codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43kg cold caps used to conceal the codeine in a 40ft container imported from India, were also intercepted on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the Apapa port, Cannabis/Loud/Skunk imported from Ghana.

The seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other port stakeholders.

NDLEA said the arrests at Akala was made possible by NDLEA Strike Force operatives who in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.

Attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of Methamphetamine to Brazil and United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.

The first bid was made on Friday, January 28, through the SAHCO export shed where operatives intercepted 0.80kg of Meth concealed in relaxer plastic container heading to the UK.

However, a suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for search had been arrested for further investigation.

The second attempt was on Friday 4th February during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airline going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500grams of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers while a male passenger, Iliyasu Yushau Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight on Sunday 30th January, 2022.

The agency operatives also stormed the Igbogiri forest, Orhionwon Local Government , Edo State, on Friday , February 4 and destroyed four dry season Cannabis farms , measuring 3.067718 hectares, following the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed blocks of Cannabis weighing 269.5kg stored in a bush at Uzebba, Owan West Local Government , Edo State, the previous day and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348kg cannabis at Owan, Ovia North East Local Government on Wednesday, February 2.

While operatives in Delta State arrested a 21-year-old student of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Kate Osagie over a 17.6grams designer drug she ordered from Onitsha, Anambra State.

In Plateau state, operatives intercepted a truck marked LSD 857 XB coming from Ekpoma, Edo State with 885 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 736kg.

A N400,000 paid to bribe the arresting officers has also been warehoused as part of exhibits for prosecution, just as two suspects; Ebunoluwa Babalola, 40, and Sulyman Sheu, 30, were arrested at Ganmo, Ilorin, Kwara State with 90kg of Cannabis.

In the same vein, two kg of Methamphetamine being brought to Abuja by a 29-year-old Charity Omuche from Anambra State was intercepted on Friday, February 4 by operatives at Gwagwalada area of the FCT, while officers of the Kaduna Command of the Agency also arrested a suspect, Buhari Isah Umar with 300 shisha pens and 999 portions of synthetic cannabinoids with gross weight of 9.690kg.

Meanwhile Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig- Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has commended officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the agency for the successful interdiction operations that led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs from across the country in the past week.

He also urged them and their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars.

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Kidnappers highjack two Abuja-bound buses conveying passengers in Kogi

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***Police confirms abduction of passengers

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Two buses fully loaded with Passengers travelling from the Eastern part of the country to Abuja have been highjacked and passengers abducted in Inele-Eteke Ogugu new road in Kogi east Senatorial district

The two buses belonging to God Is Good (GIG) transport and Logistics company and the ABC transport company were highjacked while heading to Abuja by Kidnappers in Kogi state.

The source further discosed that GIG bus left umuahia at 7:30 am on Saturday on its way to Abuja.

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GIG company it was gathered has contacted security services and they are tracking them.

Meanwhile the Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the Saturday kidnap of passengers aboard two Abuja-bound buses from the Eastern part of the country on Inele-Eteke Ogugu new road in Kogi East Senatorial district of the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Williams Aya (SP) made the confirmation in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Lokoja.

Aya who could not give the number of passengers however, confirmed that two buses were involved,

The PPRO said that the state Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, immediately directed the Divisional Police Officer, Local Vigilantes and Hunters to comb the bushes with a view to apprehending the hoodlums and rescuing the victims.

He disclosed that Onuoha further deployed the Tactical Squad consisting of Quick Response Unit, Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit, as well as conventional Police personnel to the area to continue with the bush combing to ensure all victims are rescued unhurt.

Our correspondent gathered on Monday that the buses, one from GIG Motors and the other from ABC Transport heading to Abuja were intercepted by the gun-wielding hoodlums on the lonely road in Kogi state.

The victims were said to have been marched into the bush by the hoodlums leaving no traces.

According to the source, the GIG bus left Umuahia at about 7:30am on Saturday enroute Abuja adding that the GIG company said they had contacted security agencies.

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Gunmen kill two royal fathers in Ekiti, another escapes by the whiskers

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***Fish out killers, Oyebanji orders security agents

Tragedy has struck in Ekiti State where gunmen yet to be identified laid ambush for two first class traditional rulers and gunned them down in a gruesome manner on Monday
The unfortunate incident occured on IRELE -Oke Ako road in Ikole Local government area of Ekiti State .

The slain traditional rulers are Oba Olumojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olusola and the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsola.

Another traditional ruler, Oba Alara of Ara Ekiti,, Oba Adebayo Fatoba escaped being killed by the whiskers

They were said to be returning from a meeting when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing two of the traditional rulers on the spot.

Governor Biodun Oyebanji who confirmed the killing of the traditional rulers in a statement ordered security agencies to immediately fish out the killers of the two traditional rulers.

In the statement signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Yinka Oyebode, Oyebanji condemned the gruesome murder of the two traditional rulers.

The statement reads thus :
” Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has condemned Monday’s dastardly attack in Oke-Ako area in Ikole Local Government, which led to the gruesome killing of two traditional rulers; and ordered security agencies in the state to fish out the killers.

“The two traditional rulers- the Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Samuel Olusola and the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsola were killed in an ambush by armed men while returning from a meeting.

“The third traditional ruler, the Alara of Ara –Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Fatoba escaped the attack.”

Oyebanji, said security agents have been despatched to the area to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The killings were carried out barely one hour Governor Oyebanji presided over the state security council meeting in Ado-Ekiti.   

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Respite, as Nabeeha’s siblings regain freedom from the den of kidnappers

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At last, the remaining four siblings of late Nabeeha Al-Kadriyah have been set free.

It would be recalled that the sisters were kidnapped alongside their father in the Zuma 1 area of Bwari Area Council on January 2nd.

Their father was later released to give him the leeway to source for ransom. However, the failure of the family to meet their demand within a deadline issued by the kidnappers led to the killing of Nabeeha.

After the young schoolgirl was killed by his abductors, the bandits raised the ransom from N60 million to N100 million with a threat to kill all the sisters.

The gruesome killing attracted sympathy from concerned Nigerians who offered assistance to ensure the remaining sisters were not killed.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Federal Capital Territory Police, FCT command, Josephine Adeh confirmed the release00 on Sunday morning.

The PPRO indicated that they were rescued by the FCT Anti-Kidnapping squad in a concerted effort with troops of the Nigerian Army.

She said the victims were rescued around Kajuru forest in Kaduna State, Saturday night.

“The operatives successfully rescued the victims around Kajuru forest in Kaduna state at about 11:30 pm on Saturday”, she said.

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