***Uncovers meth, skunk in soles of ladies’ high heel shoes
***as court sentences kingpin to 5 years imprisonment in Lagos
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) have intercepted illicit drug consignments concealed in different items various quantities of methamphetamine and skunk by members of some transnational drug trafficking organisations through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja and courier companies in Lagos
Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi in question statement said the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport on Tuesday 12th September intercepted an intending passenger going to Oman, Ugwu Peter Tochukwu, while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight.
Explaining further he said, when his luggage was thoroughly searched 7.50 kilograms of skunk were discovered concealed inside crayfish mixed with dry bitter leaf.
In the same vein, Babafemi insicated that NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations attached to some courier companies also intercepted Dubai-bound 2.9 kilograms of skunk and 14 grams of methamphetamine concealed in bags of semovita and soles of ladies’ high heel shoes respectively.
Also in Imo state, the statement said the Agency’s operatives on patrol along Aba-Owerri expressway on Wednesday 13th September intercepted five pregnant teenage girls suspected to be victims of child trafficking used as baby factory. They were picked up while being relocated from their hideout in Naze area of Owerri to Ikenegbu area of the state capital.
The victims include: Chioma Emmanuel, 15; Uma Faith, 15; Divine Adimonye, 17; Opara Gift, 15; and Amarachi Mbata, 16. In their statements, they claimed they didn’t know the men who impregnated them.
“The Imo state command of the Agency has since been directed to hand them over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, for further investigations.
“While two suspects: Moses Akowe, 32, and Sunday Gabriel, 31, were arrested with 227.1kgs of cannabis on Tuesday 11th September at Ikebe village, Ankpa LGA, Kogi state, a female suspect, Bilikisu Salako, 35, was nabbed with 108kgs of same substance on Saturday 16th September in Ifo area of Ogun state.
“A total of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55kgs and 600 bottles of codeine-based syrup seized from the duo of Salisu Murtala and Shafi’u Dahiru on Tuesday 11th September along Abuja road have been traced to two other suspects: Muntari Nasiru and Yusuf Ali who were arrested in follow up operations in Kano.
In FCT Abuja, Babafemi disclosed that a 27-year-old Kingsley Chimaobi was arrested with 6,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup along Lokogoma-Abuja road on Tuesday 11th September.
Meanwhile, Babafemi pointed out that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday 13th September sentenced to five years imprisonment a drug dealer, Segun Odeyemi for trafficking and dealing in 3,842 kilograms of skunk.
“He was arrested on Saturday 1st July while conveying 89 jumbo bags of the illicit substance in his truck around Eleganza area of Ajah, Lekki. He was subsequently charged in suit number FHC/L/388C/2023 presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko.
“Across the country, various commands of the Agency continued their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, sensitization activities in the past week taking advocacy messages to the stakeholders.
“Instances of this include, WADA advocacy visit to the head of Kadiria Islamic Sect of Africa, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasiru Kabara, in Kano; WADA sensitisation lecture for men and officers of Nigerian Army, Sobi barracks, Ilorin; lecture for Muslim community in Kaduna; WADA sensitisation lecture at Enugu State College of Health and Technology, Oji- River; advocacy lecture for members of Ram Sellers Association, Osogbo as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Navy School of Music, Ota, Ogun state, among others.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Kogi, FCT and Lagos Commands as well as those of DOGI for intensifying their drug control efforts, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded the commitment of all the commands across the country to work with other stakeholders to take the WADA sensitization lectures and advocacy messages to the communities, schools, worship centres, work places and traditional institutions. He charged them not to relent.
Murdered Journalist: NUJ urges Security agencies to bring perpetrators to book
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zamfara State Council, has urged security agencies to investigate the murder of a Journalist, Hamisu Danjibga who was a staff of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), with a view to bring the perpetrators to book.
A statement by the Secretary of the Union Ibrahim Ahmad Gada issued Wednesday, September 20, 2023 indicated that the corpse of Danjibga was discovered in a soakaway few days after he was abducted from his home.
The NUJ while announcing the death of Hamisu Danjibga, said that the discovery of his corpse was as result of unpleasant odour being perceived by some pupils of an Islamiya school in the evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2023 who drew the attention of their teachers to the scene.
The statement further indicated that, ”After breaking the soakaway the dead body was confirmed to be that of Danjibga by his family and some neighbours. His funeral rites have since been observed according to Islamic injunctions.
The union while expressing its condolence to the family of the late Danjibga, Voice of Nigeria and Zamfara state, equally expressed grave concern over the nature of the late journalist’s demise.
IGP orders arrest, prosecution of culprits involved in the murder of SP Bako Angbashim in Rivers
***Condemns gruesome murder of the officer
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has condemned the gruesome murder of SP Bako Angbashim, who was, at the time of his demise the Divisional Police Officer, Ahoada Division in Rivers State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement, indicated that the slain DPO was humiliated, gruesomely murdered, and mutilated by some hardened armed criminals in Ahoada area of Rivers State on Friday, 8th September, 2023, while on operation in the ararrestthe statement quoted the IGP to have ordered immediate investigation, arrest, and prosecution of all the culprits that carried out the heinous and barbaric act.
He added that such an act is not only an affront on our national status but also a reflection of lack of patriotism and gross illegality.
The IGP reiterated unequivocally that such nefarious acts against any operative in Nigeria, will not be taken with levity as all the perpetrators will be caused to face the full wrath of the law.
He extended his deepest condolences to the grieving family, dedicated colleagues and friends of SP Bako Angbashim urging them to emulate his dedication, humility, and selflessness.
Senator Adeola accuses soldiers of robbing, killing his aid
Senator Solomon Adeola has accused operatives of the Nigerian Army at checkpoints around Ikeja axis of Lagos State of being behind the robbing and killing of his senior aide, Mr. Adeniyi Oluwatosin Sanni, in the early hours of Saturday August 5, 2023.
Senator Adeola”s allegation was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday morning, through his media aide, Chief Kayode Odunaro.
The bereaved Senator had earlier voiced out that information available to him on the circumstances surrounding the demise of Mr. Sanni indicated that he was stopped at a check point around Ojodu- Berger Area of Lagos on his way to his home at Isheri by “security agents”.
The security he said had asked him to provide the documents of the car he was driving which he did through a call to his wife who sent all the documents to his phone WhatsApp.
“It was gathered that the wife called a while later and the late Mr. Sanni told him soldiers are still checking the vehicle’s paper. That was the last she heard from her husband and the body of Mr. Sanni, ridden with bullets was later discovered at Toyota Bus Stop area of Oshodi, close to a military barrack.
Senator Adeola had also explained after an update that he was of the firm believe, based on available facts at the disposal of the Police that his aide was killed by a syndicate of soldiers operating under the newly deployed Commander of 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Nsikan John Edet, through mounting of checkpoints and robbing of lone occupants of cars.
Senator Adeola in the statement indicated that top Police sources familiar with the investigation informed him that a similar brutal killing and armed robbery occurred around the same Ojodu- Berger late Thursday night of August 17, 2023 resulting in the killing of another Nigerian whose body was discovered around Iyana- Ipaja after he was taken away by soldiers from the checkpoint.
Adeola further revealed that unknown to the soldiers, the occupant of the car they killed and took away his car was the second car in a convoy of two heading towards the same destination.
“The first car passed the soldiers checkpoint but the second car was stopped to check his vehicle’s papers. On noticing the absence of the second car after a while, the occupant of the first car (name withheld) placed a call to his colleague in the second car who informed him that he was being taking to Iyana Ipaja by the soldiers at the checkpoint.
“That was the last he heard from him and his dead body was later discovered dumped on the road just like Mr. Sanni.
“The survivor in the first car reported the case to the Police and a pattern of armed robbery and killing in the area involving men in Army uniform was established.
Senator Adeola called on the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja to direct the fishing out of the killers of his aide for further investigation, prosecution and justice for the deceased as a pattern of killings and armed robbery has been established against soldiers mounting late night checkpoints around Ikeja with similar unreported incidences in recent times.
He added that the Nigerian Army cannot be seen to cordon or harbour rogue elements robbing and killing innocent Nigerians within its fold.
“Till date, the black Toyota Camry of Mr. Sanni, his phones and other valuables are yet to be recovered.”
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