Police Arrest Suspected Female Gunrunner, Six Others In Zamfara

A screenshot taken on December 8, 2021, shows the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State.

 

The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a suspected female gunrunner for supplying arms and ammunition to the notorious armed bandit known as Dawa.

The suspect, Gaje Abdullahi, a native of Katsina was arrested on November 29 by Police Tactical Operatives and was accused of giving information to bandits

While parading the suspect alongside six others at the command headquarters on Thursday in Gusau, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, said the suspects were arrested for offences related to banditry, arms supply, intimidation, and extortion.

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The police also arrested six other suspected bandits and kidnappers alleged to be sending messages to members of communities to pay levies or face attacks.

The suspects are Jamilu Mohammed of Gadar Manya village, Zayyanu Barmo of Manya Babba village, Abubakar Usman of Mandau Village, Lauwali Girkau of Girkau village, Sala Girkau of Girkau village and Abubakar Yahaya of Tungar Mani Village.

“On 29th November 2022 at about 1615hrs, Police Tactical operatives arrested six suspects who pretend as bandits to place levies on their host communities. As a result, they collected millions of Naira through a bank account they created for this purpose,” the police spokesman said.

“In the course of the investigation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and further stated that part of the activities was to send threatening messages to the villages to either pay money or face an attack. They further confessed to receiving millions of naira from five different communities. The discreet investigation is ongoing aimed at apprehending other suspects that involve in this crime.”

Police operatives also rescued 15 kidnap victims, including a one-year-old baby who was abducted from the Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina.

“Police Tactical Operatives in collaboration with Vigilante acted on intelligence information regarding the abduction of 15 victims by bandits, terrorist at Dike village in Funtua LGA of Katsina State.

“The Police operatives on receiving the intelligence information mobilized to the location and conducted a search and rescue operation at Sabon Garin Dustin Kaura Forest in Danjibga district of Tsafe LGA. The rescue operation was successfully conducted, leading to the rescue of the victims Hale and Hearty.”

Three Secondary School Boys Gang-Rape Junior Student In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in South-West Nigeria.

 

Three male secondary school students have been arrested by the police for the alleged gang-raping of a 14-year-old SSS 1 girl in Ondo State.

The three suspects are identified as Idris Matthew,17, Olawale Tobi, 18, and Ajayi Micheal, 17

The Suspects were said to have committed the crime at Akure High School in Akure, the state capital.

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It was gathered that the victim went into the bush near the school to defecate when she was accosted and raped by the suspects.

After the incident, the victim was said to have entered the classroom with bloodstains on her uniform.

The incident was reported to the school authorities which reported at the nearest police station.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

Odunlami stated that the three suspects have been arrested and are presently in police custody.

Police Arrest 28-Year-Old Woman For Kidnapping Boys In Lagos, Oyo

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Lagos State Command has confirmed the arrest of a 28-year-old woman identified as Joy Kolapo for allegedly kidnapping two boys aged three and seven in Lagos and Oyo states.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement, said the suspect’s arrest penultimate Saturday came after a weeks-long probe.

“Following painstaking investigation and intelligence gathering into the abduction of a three-year old boy, Bright, on October 27, 2022 in Ejigbo area of Lagos State, detectives of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Lagos State Command, have arrested one serial kidnapper, Joy Kolapo ‘f’ aged 28.

“The suspect was arrested in Omi Adio area of Oyo State on November 12, 2022 with another victim, one Moses ‘m’ aged 7 whom she had kidnapped in Olopo Meta area of Oyo State,” the police spokesman said.

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Hundeyin stated that the police investigation led to the rescue of Bright in the Akute area of Ogun State on the same day the suspect was arrested.

According to him, further investigation revealed that the suspect was a neighbour to Bright’s parents and had received the sum of N55,000 from his parents for his return.

“Thereafter, the suspect took the victim to her friend’s shop in Akute, begging her friend to babysit the child while she went shopping but never showed up again. The friend immediately notified the Police at Ojodu Abiosun Division in Akute of the abandoned child,” he said.

“The suspect then travelled down to Oyo State after leaving Akute, kidnapped another victim, one Moses, demanded and received the sum of N20,000 from his parents before she was eventually arrested.

“The boys have been rescued unhurt and reunited with their parents. Meanwhile, the suspect has since been arraigned.”

 

Blind Nigerien, Two Pakistanis Arrested For Cocaine Trafficking In Nigeria

The Pakistani businessmen arrested by NDLEA operatives for allegedly trafficking cocaine in Lagos. Credit: NDLEA

 

A blind citizen of the Niger Republic and Two nationals of Pakistan have been arrested for cocaine trafficking in Nigeria.

While the Pakistanis were apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, the Nigerien was nabbed in Katsina, according to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

In a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi identified the Pakistanis as Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, saying they were nabbed with eight kilograms of cocaine concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha.

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He said “they hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake and are frequent travellers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business. They were arrested on Saturday 5th November at the Lagos airport barely a week after they came to Nigeria, that is, Sunday 30th October.”

“Operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan. The consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of pharmaceutical opioids.”

The previous day, Thursday 3rd Nov, operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the airport also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs: Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine, as well as Tramadol 225mg and a Rohypnolol, concealed in footwear and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai. A 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was arrested.

Meanwhile, two businessmen who have been on the run for months over their involvement in drug trafficking have been arrested by anti-narcotic officers assigned to track them. Nnebo Ikechukwu Christopher who has been wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of Co-codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine seized at the cargo wing of the MMIA local airport since March 2022, was arrested on Thursday 3rd Nov.

In the same vein, operatives on the trail of an automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark) since April eventually arrested him on Monday 31st October in Enugu where he fled to after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos. He was wanted

in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside the soles of lady’s footwears going to Liberia on April 16.

On the same day Omeje was arrested, operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport intercepted 550 grams of cannabis loud concealed in machine parts going to Dubai, UAE, while the sender, Ogbure Victor Ifeanyi was later arrested.

In Katsina state, operatives on patrol at Malumfashi-Zaria Road, arrested a blind man, Bukar Haruna, 52, and his son Saka Haruna, 30 while heading to Niger republic with 20.5kg cannabis and 10 grams of exol-5. They hail from Damagram area of Niger republic.

No less than 2, 685.5kgs of cannabis were recovered in four different operations conducted in parts of Edo state in the last week. While 53 bags of C/S weighing 742.5kgs were seized on Wednesday 2nd Nov at a camp in Esioriri, Owan East LGA with four suspects: Chukueke Igba, 32; Solomon Peter, 34; Emmanuel Jeremiah, 36 and Happiness Chidi, 37 arrested, another raid in the house of Joy Zubaru, 45, led to her arrest with 30.5kgs of cannabis recovered.

In the same vein, operatives on Thursday 3rd Nov stormed the Egbeta forest in Ovia North East where they recovered 112 bags of cannabis and 8 bags of seeds with a combined weight of 1,598.5kgs, while another team evacuated 27 bags of the same substance weighing 314kgs at Amahor village in Igueben LGA.

In Mubi area of Adamawa, operatives on Tuesday 1st Nov. intercepted a Toyota Corolla car transporting 9,600 pills of tramadol.  A follow-up operation later led to the arrest of the owner of the consignment, Mamuda Ramadan, (a.k.a Muller), while another suspect, Alhassan Muhammed, was arrested on Sunday 30th Oct. along Abuja-Kaduna express road, with 136,000 pills of tramadol concealed inside his car’s spare tyre.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Edo, Katsina, Adamawa, and Kaduna Commands of the Agency for the successful operations in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), CON, OFR urged them and their counterparts across the country not to rest on their oars until all drug syndicates operating in Nigeria are completely dismantled and the last gram of illicit substance taken out of the streets.

Police Arrest Eight Suspected Illegal Miners In Kwara

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.

 

The police in Kwara State have arrested eight suspected illegal miners and recovered three trailer loads of marble stones in the Patigi Local Government Area of the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying the suspects were arrested along the Share, Tsaragi, and Patigi areas of the state on October 30.

He said the arrest was made possible following a petition and a letter written to the state Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama.

According to the police spokesman, residents of Patigi Local Government Area and the Association of Licenced Miners of Kwara State had complained that illegal miners have turned their ancestral lands into a beehive of illegal mining of mineral resources.

The situation, Ajayi noted, had resulted in ecological problems and sabotage to the economy of both the state and the Federal Government.

“Based on this petition, a team of Kwara State Police Command’s operatives was dispatched to the area to arrest and if possible, recover and impound any illegally mined minerals in the said area,” the statement read in part.

“The police team swung into action and on 30/10/2022 at about 02:00hrs the suspects named hereunder were arrested with three trailer loads of suspected marbles illegally mined.”

The suspects are Abdulbagi Sadiq, Isah Amisu, Mohammed Zanihat Idris, Alhassan Rabiu, Mohammed Abdulbagi, Ibrahim Sule Balarabe, Mohammed Dalhatu Idris and Abubakar Tasiu.

Noting that the exhibits recovered have been transported to the state police headquarters, the PPRO stated that the suspects after interrogation and confessions have been charged to court.

He added that economic sabotage and any acts inimical to the health and security of lives and property of the citizens and people of the state would be resisted.

The police spokesman called on the residents of Kwara State to join hands with the police to rid the state of all forms of criminality.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing Daughter In Akwa Ibom

Police Arrest 10 Suspects For Political Violence In Akwa Ibom
A map of Akwa Ibom, a state in south-south Nigeria.

 

The police authorities in Akwa Ibom State have arrested one Sunday Etukudo for allegedly killing his 20-year-old daughter, Ofonmbuk Sunday, at Omum Unyiam village in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the state.

He was said to have murdered the victim over a misunderstanding in the family.

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The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying the suspect claimed that the deceased daughter held his manhood during a fight which made him use a stick to hit her head and she collapsed.

Subsequently, the suspect purportedly buried the daughter in his family compound at Omum Unyiam village, though the police have already exhumed the corpse and preserved same for autopsy.

“Based on credible information, on 9th October 2022, at about 1910hrs, one Ime Sunday Etukudo of Omum Unyiam village in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, unlawfully killed and buried his daughter, one Ofonmbuk Ime Sunday, aged 20yrs, at the family compound at Omum Unyiam village,” the statement read.

“The suspect alleged that there was a family misunderstanding, which led to a fight, and that the victim held his manhood, that he, in turn, used a stick to hit her on the head, which led to her death, and that he decided to bury her in a shallow grave to cover his track.”

Similarly, police raided a kidnappers’ den and arrested a suspected notorious robbery/kidnapping kingpin, Emediong Etuk, popularly known as Mopol, in the Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state.

According to the police spokesman, before giving up the ghost, the suspect confessed to being responsible for the many abductions and robberies, including the one of Ekom Ime Akpan on October 13.

“On 29th September 2022 at about 1400hrs, one Edet Uyo Ntung ‘m’ was arrested for the murder of one Emem Monday Uyo ‘m’, both of Afaha Ediene village in Ikono Local Government Area.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that there was a lingering family feud. The suspect, who is the uncle and family head of the deceased, invited him to his residence on the pretext of addressing the problem. Rather than doing so, he brought out his machete and cut his face, hand, neck, and other parts of his body, leading to his instant death,” the statement added.

Reacting, the Akwa State Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, has ordered a discrete investigation of the cases, saying that suspects would be charged in court as soon as possible.

He, therefore, warned residents against self-help and urged them to report a case of misunderstanding to the police.

FBI Busts Huge Theft Ring Of Auto Catalytic Converters

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland (C), F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray (R) and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco hold a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice on on October 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

The FBI announced Wednesday that it has broken up a nationwide catalytic converter theft ring that amassed staggering assets of more than half a billion dollars.

A total of 21 people were arrested and charged in the US-wide bust, according to an FBI statement.

“They made hundreds of millions of dollars… on the backs of thousands of innocent car owners,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

Catalytic converters reduce the toxic gases and pollutants emitted by vehicle exhaust systems.

They contain many precious metals (platinum, palladium and rhodium) whose value has exploded in recent years. The car parts are easy to steal and can be sold on the black market for more than $1,000 each.

In California alone, 1,600 catalytic converters were stolen each month last year, according to Phillip Talbert, a federal prosecutor in that state.

Three of the people charged, all from California, are accused of selling more than $38 million in stolen catalytic converters as part of the ring.

LP Senatorial Candidate Not Kidnapped, Arrested For Inciting Violence – Police

The Labour Party’s senatorial candidate in Ebonyi South, Hon. Linus Okorie.

 

The Police have stated that Labour Party’s senatorial candidate in Ebonyi South, Hon. Linus Okorie has been arrested for utterances that incited violence in the state.

Following the sudden disappearance of the former lawmaker representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency in Ebonyi State, there were reports that he was kidnapped on Sunday night.

But the police authorities in the state dismissed the claims in a statement issued on Monday, saying the politician has questions to answer having evaded arrest previously.

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Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi State, Chris Anyanwu, said Okorie was traced to the head office of the Ebubeagu security outfit at the old Government House.

“Police detectives were briefed on why he was arrested which includes; his activities and utterances that incited and provoked the violence that engulfed Onicha LGA which led to suspected IPOB/ESN operatives or unknown gunmen to unleash mayhem in the area, leaving seven (7) persons dead at the end of that fracas.  Hence, the case has now been taken over by the Police Command for a scrupulous investigation,” the statement read.

“Hon Linus Abaa Okorie was severally invited by the Security and Intelligence Bureau of the Command over a petition dated 23/3/2022, authored by the state’s Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, alleging that he was spreading fake news against Engr Dave Umahi accusing the Governor of illegally withdrawing #6.7 billion from State Government’s Account to fund the Appeal Court Judgment against his removal from office, etc.”

Mr Anyanwu also revealed that Okorie also had to answer for a drug-related case in which he was indicted of.

“It is also pertinent to mention that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie also has a pending case in which he is implicated in a drug-related offence where the suspects purported to be his agents were arrested for Hard drug sales and use at his City Hub Inn, Mile 50, Abakaliki. The case was later transferred to the NDLEA for further necessary actions.”

See the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

ARREST OF HON LINUS ABAA OKORIE OVER DRUG-RELATED MATTERS AND SEVERAL OTHER OFFENCES.

Sequel to initial viral rumours renting the air,  cum a Press Release accredited to one Dr David Ogbonna of HON LINUS OKORIE CARING HEART FOUNDATION, purporting that Hon Linus Abaa Okorie, a former member of House of Representatives, was ‘abducted/kidnapped’ yesterday (16/10/2022), the Ebonyi State Police Command swung into action and later traced the said Honourable Okorie (who had evaded many Police arrests/invitations), to the head office of the Ebubeagu Security Outfit at the Old Government House.

Police detectives were briefed on why he was arrested which includes; his activities and utterances that incited and provoked the violence that engulfed Onicha LGA which led to suspected IPOB/ESN operatives or unknown gunmen to unleash mayhem in the area, leaving seven (7) persons dead at the end of that fracas.  Hence, the case has now been taken over by the Police Command for a scrupulous investigation.

Secondly, Hon Linus Abaa Okorie was severally invited by the Security and Intelligence Bureau of the Command over a petition dated 23/3/2022, authored by The State’s Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, alleging that he was spreading fake news against His Excellency, Engr Dave Umahi accusing the Governor of illegally withdrawing #6.7 billion from State Government’s Account to fund the Appeal Court Judgment against his removal from office, etc.

Similar to the above is another series of false allegations against the Government of Ebonyi State and the Police Command on his social media handles.

When invited by the SIB over the false allegations/petition, Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie in his characteristic pompous manner refused vehemently to report to the SIB for a chat. Rather he chose to file fallacious suits against the Police Command.

It is also pertinent to mention that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie also has a pending case in which he is implicated in a drug-related offence where the suspects purported to be his agents were arrested for Hard drug sales and use at his City Hub Inn, Mile 50, Abakaliki. The case was later transferred to the NDLEA for further necessary actions.

The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba psc(+), therefore make it categorically clear that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie was neither abducted nor kidnapped and warns that people should desist from painting pictures of insecurity in the State by propagating unfounded rumours. Ebubeagu is a lawfully established local security outfit by the House of Assembly and Government of Ebonyi State. If the outfit as empowered by the State Law, arrests anybody, it shouldn’t be interpreted as abduction or kidnapping because those terms mean different things. However, it is expected that the outfit after effecting such arrest, should hand over the matter to the Police for further investigation and other necessary actions which have played out in this instance.

In view of the above, Dr David Ogbonna of Hon Linus Okorie CaringHeart Foundation is warned to henceforth know the implication of the wrong choice of words when next dishing out information for public consumption otherwise he will face the dire consequences as enshrined in the laws of the land.

The CP further reassures the good people of Ebonyi State that there is no cause for alarm and advises that everyone should go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, please.

 

e-signed

SP CHRIS ANYANWU ksji, jp

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

EBONYI STATE POLICE COMMAND.

Three Arrested Over Kidnap Attempt On Former Boss In Ogun

The suspects were arrested for attempted kidnappers in Ogun State.

 

Three men have been arrested for attempting to kidnap their former employer in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, identified the suspects as Peter Nse, Chukwuma Nwobodo, and Michael Umanah.

He said they were arrested following a complaint lodged at Igbeba divisional headquarters by one Ifenuga Olayinka, that he received a text message on his phone from someone who described himself as a “Killer Vagabond of Africa”.

“In the said message, the author directed the complainant to pay the sum of N5 million into a bank account he sent to him or risk being kidnapped within the shortest possible time,” the statement read.

Following the report, the Divisional Police Officer of Igbeba division, Musiliu Doga, dispatched his detectives to unravel those behind the message.

On how the suspects were nabbed, a police spokesman said detectives embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation which led them to Anambra State where two of the suspects – Peter Nse and Chukwuma Nwobodo – were arrested.

Their arrest led the detectives to Ago Iwoye where the third suspect Michael Umanah was apprehended.

“It was when they were brought before the complainant that he identified them as his former employees whom he laid off not quite long ago for certain misconduct.

“On interrogation, they all confessed to the commission of the crime and claimed to have made the attempt just because they were not happy as the complainant terminated their appointment,” the police spokesman added.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the suspects be transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

Three Brothers, Another Arrested For Robbery In Ogun

The suspected robbers were arrested in Ogun State. Credit: Ogun Police.

 

Three brothers have been arrested for robbery in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, identifying the suspects as Hammed Jagbojagbo, Idris Jagbojagbo, Tobi Jagbojagbo and Tosin Ogundeko.

The fourth person however is their friend. It was gathered that their arrest followed a report lodged by Ijebu Ode residents that some gunmen robbed a lottery agent of N90,000 in the Odi Olowo area of the town.

According to the police spokesman, the robbery suspects also snatched a Bajaj motorcycle but a police patrol team chased after them and arrested Ogundeko.

He stated that the suspects confessed further that they were all based in Epe but chose Ijebu-Ode as their area of operation.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO Igbeba division, CSP Musiliu Doga, quickly led his patrol team to the scene, gave the robbers a hot chase and succeeded in arresting one of them by the name Tosin Ogundeko from whom the Bajaj motorcycle was recovered,” the statement read.

“The arrested Tosin Ogundeko subsequently led detectives to their hideout in Epe, Lagos State, where the remaining three were apprehended; while one of them, simply identified as Tosin, a.k.a socket, escaped.”

Items recovered from the suspected robbers include one cut-to-size locally-made gun and one Bajaj motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

The police commissioner also directed a massive manhunt for the fleeing member of the gang.

Two Suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’ Allegedly Kill Man For Ritual In Ogun

The suspected Yahoo boys were arrested in Ogun State for alleged murder.

 

Two suspected Internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys have allegedly killed a 40-year-old man, Abdullahi Azeez, in the Owode-Egba area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement said the suspects were arrested at their hideout at Owode-Egba, three months after they allegedly committed the crime.

It was gathered that the victim was cut into pieces by the suspects, for ritual purposes in the South-Western state.

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Oyeyemi identified the suspects as 21-year-old Friday Abinya Odeh and 20-year-old Poso Idowu, adding that they were apprehended following a report lodged at Owode Egba divisional headquarters.

The victim’s relatives, the police spokesman noted, had on June 9, complained that their loved one left his home in the Kobape area on June 8 and did not return since then.

“Upon the report, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the investigation and unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man,” the statement read.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team subsequently embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of Friday Abinya Odeh on September 22, 2022, where the SIM card of the victim was recovered.

“His arrest led to the apprehension of his accomplice, Poso Idowu. On interrogation, the suspects confessed that they kidnapped the victim on June 8, 2022, at the Kobape area around 7.30 pm, from where they forcefully took him to the bush, killed him and dismembered him.

“They confessed further that it was one herbalist, identified simply as Arab Money, who they claimed to have contacted on Facebook that prescribed the ritual for them.”

According to the police spokesman, all efforts to recover the remains of the victim proved abortive, as the suspects claimed to have disposed of it.

He stated that the State Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be charged in court at the conclusion of the investigation.

NDLEA Gets Nod To Detain Suspected Billionaire ‘Drug Baron’

The suspected drug baron, Nsofor Ugochukwu. Credit: NDLEA.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has secured an order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to detain a Lagos-based billionaire, Nsofor Kennedy Ugochukwu, in its custody for a period of 14 days pending the conclusion of an ongoing investigation for alleged drug trafficking.

Justice Akintaye Aluko made the order today following an exparte application filed by the NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr Umar Hussain, which empowered the agency to remand the defendants in its custody for an initial period of 14 days.

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In an affidavit in support of the motion exparte deposed to by one Kareem Olayinka Musibau, a litigation officer attached to the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services at the NDLEA, it was submitted that the suspect was arrested at plot-2-130, Road 67 VGC Housing Estate along Epe Express Way in Lagos on the September 30 in connection to the seizure of 10,598 kilogrammes of tramadol, while dealing and conspiring to distributes same to his associates in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

“That the respondent is an illicit drug baron operating a drug trafficking organisation in collaboration with his associates in Nigeria and other parts of the world,” the affidavit read.

“That this court has the powers under the law to make the orders sought on the motion paper 9. That it will serve the interest of justice if this Application is granted.”

NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, had earlier in a statement said that following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th of September, 2022 stormed Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin.

Babafemi stated that a search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13,451,466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house the same day.

“Before his arrest, Ugochukwu who hails from the Ihiala local government area of Anambra State has been on the agency’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria,” he said.

“Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office. Five exotic vehicles have also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep have been successfully removed to the Agency’s facility.”

According to the spokesman, the arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Limited, is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, who was arrested on Saturday 30th July along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.