Brazilian Returnee Arrested With Cocaine In Private Part, NDLEA Seizes London-Bound Consignment

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazilian returnee, Uche Benson Igwedum

Igwedum was nabbed at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi said.

The NDLEA spokesman in a statement on Sunday noted that Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport on Monday 20th June upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.

“Preliminary investigations reveal the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person,” the statement read.

“He, however, claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.”

Similarly, NDLEA operatives apprehended a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma MacDonald, after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking.

He is accused of being behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.

MacDonald was arrested at Manacola Estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05 kilograms was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan arrested on 7th June.

“During his interview, the suspect said he’s from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state and had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019.

“He stated that after his return to Nigeria, he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun State but the business collapsed. He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice from a friend.

“Closely related is the seizure of another consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri at a courier house in Owerri, Imo state. The cargo seized on Wednesday 22nd June had ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes containing the drug heading to Hong Kong were concealed,” the statement added.

Also at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives on Friday 24th June intercepted 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labelled Tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline. The consignment weighing 407.60kg was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.

The same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection. The 21-year-old suspect claims he’s from Osun state.

Meanwhile, two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos have been arrested by NDLEA operatives.

One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji was arrested at his house, 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos on Wednesday 22nd June, for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing16.5kg.

The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) was arrested on Thursday 23rd June. He’s linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels weighing 145kg cannabis indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada. He had been on the run since March and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10million to influence the case.

In his response, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Tincan, and Imo state Commands of the Agency for the drug seizures and arrests, especially of those who thought they could evade the long arm of the law. He encouraged them and their compatriots across other formations to intensify their efforts toward achieving set goals.

Student Arrested For Attempted Murder Of Policeman In Ogun

The suspect, 400 level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.

 

A 400-level student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, has been arrested for attempting to kill a policeman in Ogun State.

The spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Thursday in Abeokuta, saying that the victim was on duty along the Ijebu Ode-Ibadan Road on June 1.

The suspect, Oyeyemi said, “was seen driving a fully artificial tinted Toyota Camry car with registration number LND 929 GX loaded with some house properties towards Ibadan Oyo state and was flagged down for checking since the occupants are not visible from outside”.

“Instead of the driver to stop, he accelerated and intentionally knocked down one Inspector Idowu Moses attached to PMF 71 Awa Ijebu, consequent upon which the said inspector sustained a serious bodily injury and passed out momentarily,” the statement added.

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Having knocked down the policeman, the police spokesman said the suspect continue his journey toward Ibadan Road believing that the victim was dead.

He explained that the seriously injured officer was rescued by his colleagues.

“He was taken to the hospital for treatment while others started tracing the suspect towards Ibadan Road. He was eventually arrested at a village close to Ibadan and brought down to Ijebu Ode Area Command,” Oyeyemi stated.

In his reaction to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered that the suspect be charged to court as soon as possible.

The commissioner also warned that he will not tolerate any attack on police operatives on duty, admonishing members of the public to desist from such criminal acts.

Gunmen Release Nasarawa LG Chairman, Police Arrest Three Suspects

Four abducted students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State have regained their freedom,

 

Gunmen have released the Chairman of Keffi Local Government, Muhammed Baba Shehu, the police authorities said on Sunday.

Shehu and his aide regained their freedom in the early hours of Sunday, following sustained pressure from the combined team of security personnel.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Rahman Nansel, confirmed the release to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

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He said Shehu and his aide were released unhurt, adding that the police operatives arrested three suspects in connection with the incident.

The suspects were said to be on their way to collect ransom and are assisting the authorities in the ongoing investigation into the abduction.

This is coming two days after the victims were whisked away by the gunmen.

The perpetrators blocked the Akwanga/Keffi road on Friday night, shooting sporadically in the air, and in the process shot the Chairman’s orderly while carrying out the abduction.

Shehu and his entourage were on their way to Lafia from Keffi when the incident occurred.

Unfortunately, the security detail of the Chairman, Alhassan Habeeb, was killed in the attack and has since been buried Saturday according to Islamic rites.

NSCDC Arrests Two Suspected Human Traffickers, Rescues Four Teenagers

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two suspected human traffickers in Imo State while rescuing four teenage victims.

The suspects – Gift Rita and Joy Samuel – are said to specialise in trafficking teenage girls from Port Harcourt to Ilorin for prostitution.

While parading the suspects on Thursday, NSCDC Commandant in the state, Iskil Makinde, described the development as unfortunate.

He said the suspects, under false claim, brought four teenage victims – aged 14, 15, 16, and 17 –  respectively into the state to work in a hotel to raise money for their upkeep.

The Commandant commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffick in Persons (NAPTIP) for the collaboration that led to the arrest and said the suspects were nabbed following intelligence and surveillance.

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Makinde accused the suspects of luring the victims with a lucrative job in a hotel in Lagos, only to transfer them to Kwara as sex workers.

“She lied to them that they are going to Lagos for hotel work but unfortunately, all the underage girls were trafficked down to Kwara State,” he said.

“It is an unfortunate thing. Based on intelligent information, we were able to arrest them in conjunction with NAPTIP Commander.”

On the consequences of their action, the NSCDC boss said Nigerian laws forbid indulging underage girls in sex work.

He vowed to prosecute the suspects, stating that they have since admitted to trafficking the teenagers for prostitution.

In his remarks, NAPTIP Commander, Saadu Mustapha, promised that the agency would rehabilitate the victims and reunite them with their families.

He also pledged that the suspect would be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, depending on the level of involvement.

This is even as he appealed to parents and guardians to take good care of their female wards, adding that the victims will be profiled and their families will be contacted after necessary procedures.

Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Trafficking Wife, Son In Ogun

File photo of Ogun PPRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a man for allegedly trafficking his wife and two-year-old son to Mali.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, identified the suspect as Kingsley Essien.

He was nabbed for selling his son for N600,000 while moving his wife out of the country for prostitution.

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“The suspect was arrested following the report lodged at Agbara divisional headquarters by his wife, Bright Essien, who reported that sometime in October 2021, her husband, Kingsley Essien, informed her that he had secured a job for her in Bamako Mali and that he has assisted many people to that country for greener pastures before,” the statement issued on Thursday read in part.

“She explained further that being her husband, she didn’t suspect any foul play until she got to Mali only to discover that she has been sold to a human trafficker cartel headed by a woman at the rate of One million four hundred thousand naira.”

Oyeyemi said that while in Mali, the suspect’s wife was forced into prostitution, but later found her way to the Nigeria embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria.

The police spokesman explained that on getting to the country from Mali, Bright discovered that her son who was in the care of the suspect was nowhere to be found.

After lodging the report, the Divisional Police Officer in the Agbara division, Abiodun Salau, dispatched his detectives to go after the suspect and he was eventually arrested.

Upon interrogation, Oyeyemi said the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, admitting that he sold the boy to somebody at the rate of N600,000.

While reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

This is even as he ordered that the buyer of the son must be traced and arrested in order to recover the stolen child.

DSS Arrest Suspected Land-Grabber In Ogun

Two DSS operatives have a conversation during an operation.

 

The Department of State Service (DSS) has arrested a notorious land grabber, Adeogun Elijah for allegedly terrorising residents of Iju-Ota in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Elijah, popularly called Killer, was arrested on Monday in his home in Araromi Estate, Iyesi-Ota by the DSS tactical team.

The 40-year-old suspect was reported to be on the wanted list of the police for the alleged murder of Monday Eredua and Moruf Babalola respectively.

The suspect had previously evaded arrests by other sister security agencies.

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According to a source within the Ogun state command of the DSS, the suspect had seriously terrorised residents of Ipetu Baba-Ode via Iju-Ota, Ado Odo/Ota LGA.

The source informed Channels Television that the land grabber and his gang members had attacked killed and destroyed property with the intention to forcefully take over the community land.

He explained that the command received a petition dated 10th May 2022, by the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community against the suspect for the alleged murder of Ereduwa and Babalola, who were respectively shot dead.

The source added that Elijah, who operates as an estate agent in Ota, was also reported to have severed the hands and heads of his victims and dumped their remains in the swamp, to prevent the bodies from being discovered.

“Following the receipt of the petition from the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community, on May 10, over threat to life and murder of one Monday Ereduwa on 17th November 2021 and Moruf Babalola, on the 26th May 2021, the tactical team of the command conducted a special operation which led to the arrest of Elijah, otherwise known as ‘Killer’ and one other, Oyelekan Okunade,” said the source.

“The suspect had earlier been declared wanted by the police and even evaded various attempts to arrest him by sister security agencies. The suspect had also terrorised the community, harassed and attacked the residents with the view to forcefully taking over the community land.”

“It was also reported that the suspect was in the habit of harvesting the hands and heads of his victims, and later dumped the remains in the swamp to prevent the bodies from being discovered. The suspect, will, however, be handed over to the police for further investigation.”

EFCC Arrests Accountant-General Over N80bn Fraud

In this file photo, the Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, holds a phone at his office in Abuja on April 9, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris over an N80 billion fraud. 

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren confirmed his arrest in a statement issued on Monday evening.

He said Idris was arrested after failing to honour the commission’s invitations to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent act.

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“Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022, arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion( Eighty Billion Naira only),” Uwujaren’s statement read.

“The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

According to the EFCC, the funds were laundered via real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

Over 8,000 Suspected Traffickers Arrested,17,727 Victims Rescued Since 2003 – NAPTIP

 

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Thursday said over 8,000 suspected traffickers have been arrested since its inception in 2003.

This is even as the agency said it has succeeded in rescuing 17,727 victims of human trafficking, sheltering and rehabilitating them within the past 19 years.

NAPTIP Director-General, Fatima Waziri-Azi, disclosed this at the ministerial weekly briefing at the State House, saying only 511 convictions were recorded owing to a lack of cooperation from the victims.

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For 2022, she noted that 394 victims have gone through shelters from January 2022 to date.

She also disclosed that the agency has sponsored 15 victims to universities across the country, three of such graduates are now officers of NAPTIP.

According to her, while there have been 9,814 cases reported so far since the inception of the agency, over 20,000 Nigerians are still being trafficked in Mail.

Police Arrest Suspected Notorious Cultist On Wanted List In Ogun

A map of Ogun, a state in southwest Nigeria.

 

The Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday said it has arrested a notorious cultist/armed robbery suspect, Christian Peter, in Mowe area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists in Abeokuta.

He said the suspect, who has been on the police wanted list for a long time, has been responsible for many criminal acts in the state.

“The suspect who has been on the wanted list of the command for quite some time now was arrested while the Divisional Police Officer, Mowe Division, CSP Folashade Tanaruno, was on routine patrol of Mowe/Ofada road. He is one of the hoodlums terrorizing Mowe/Ofada axis in recent time,” he said.

The suspect was allegedly sighted by the Divisional Anti-Robbery Team on the premises of a hotel in the Olororo area of Mowe with a waist bag.

While noting that the suspect attempted to escape upon sighting police operatives, Oyeyemi said he was however apprehended.

According to the police spokesman, a locally made double barrel pistol loaded with four live cartridges was recovered from him while his waist bag was searched.

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

Police Arrest Three Suspected Armed Robbers In Ogun

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Three suspected armed robbers have been arrested in Ogun State, police authorities have said.

The suspects were nabbed on Saturday after attacking and robbing a company in the Ogijo area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspected robbers – Shadrach Blessing, Edibo Peter and Osuwgu Oyebuchi – were apprehended following a distress call received by policemen at Ogijo Divisional Headquarters that they had invaded Ruthfort Service Limited at Ikorodu-Sagamu road.

Having gained access to the company at about 2:45 am through the fence, they were said to have pointed a gun at the security man on duty after cutting the security wire and ordered him to lie face down while they removed four industrial batteries.

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“On receiving the distress call, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Onatufeh Umoh, quickly led his patrol team to the scene where the robbers, who have already escaped to the street, were chased in collaboration with members of the public and apprehended three amongst them, while others escaped,” the statement partly read.

Items recovered from them are the four industrial batteries.

While reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

Suspected Cultist Goes Missing In Police Detention, Family Petitions IGP  

 

The family of Dubuem Okonkwo has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, over the sudden disappearance of the suspect in police custody in Anambra State.

45-year-old Okonkwo, a member of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) Awka,  was arrested by the police on March 15 for being linked to cultism and terrorising security agencies and residents.

During his arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng briefed journalists in March, saying: “We appreciate the fact that he can shout and make all the noise. We discovered, based on intelligence, that he is the one that at all times there is a strike around that axis, he gives information that the place is free for them to come in and go out.

“He didn’t know also that we were monitoring him. An investigation is ongoing; we are not saying he is guilty. The law and court will say whether he is guilty or not based on what we are able to come out.”

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But two months after, the Okonkwo family raised an alarm over Dubuem’s sudden disappearance.

A police officer holds bunch of handcuffs PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A family member who craved anonymity accused the police authorities of picking up Dubuem at the park and setting him up with some weapons.

“They picked him up at the park where they went to lay different kinds of guns before him. From the picture that I saw, the man was raising up his hands to ask what he did. From the information that we gathered, he was asking them what he did,” the family member said.

“Nobody ever told him, thereafter they took him away. It now looks as if an animal has been taken away. They just took him away and we have been asking questions, nobody wants to say anything.”

Speaking to Channels Television, the wife of the missing suspect, Ebere is demanding contact with her husband.

“I have been going to ask of him from one police station or the other. Since then, nothing,” the 28-year-old mother of one said.

“Nothing has appeared, no reply of seeing him face to face. They did not even give me any attention at all. I want President Muhammadu Buhari, the IGP to help me look for my husband. If he is dead, let me know. If he is still alive, let me know.”

Breaking down in tears, she called on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in her situation.

Efforts made by Channels Television to speak to the police commissioner hit the brick wall. Although he promised to return the call, Echeng, however, failed to keep to his promise.

Police Arrest Four Suspected Cultists During Night Meeting In Ogun

The suspected cultists arrested by police operatives in Ogun State. Credit: Ogun State Police Command.

 

Four suspected cultists have been arrested in Ogun State during a night meeting at a hideout behind Eleja Primary school, Igbo-Ewe area of Ilaro, police authorities said on Monday.

In a statement on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects are members of the Aiye cult group said to have killed one Segun Onifade on April 20.

Prior to their arrest, they have been on the wanted list of the Ogun State Police Command. They were nabbed following information received by policemen at Ilaro divisional headquarters that they were holding a secret meeting.

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“Upon the information, the DPO Ilaro Division, CSP Olayemi Jacob mobilized his men and moved to the scene where four of the suspects namely; Samson Jacob a.k.a Cybog, Iyanu Kazeem Akande a.k.a Omo Iyami, Adebayo Adeoluwa a.k.a Dudu and Yusuf Adelakun were arrested,” the police spokesman said.

Items recovered from them include two cut-to-size locally made pistols, four live cartridges, one battle axe, five different handsets, assorted charms, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and one unregistered red Bajaj motorcycle.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Cultists Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The police boss also directed that the war against cultism and other violent crime must be sustained so as to make the state a peaceful place for all to live.