43 Arrested Over Illegal Activities In Lagos

 

43 persons have been arrested in connection with some illegal activities in the Ikeja area of Lagos.

Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest was made after operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi was also quoted to have said that the enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the activities of miscreants constituting a nuisance, as well as illegal street traders around the Shrine.

“The night enforcement operation was carried out on all roads around Afrika Shrine where hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed, Illegal Mixed Liquor, Assorted Food and all sorts of consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

 

 

According to the statement, one of the arrested persons, Tunde Babalola who was caught with a bag of substance suspected to be Indian hemp confirmed that he had been selling hard drugs for eight years, particularly around the Afrika Shrine.

He further explained that dealing in hard drugs has been a lucrative business because he realised an average profit of between N60,000 and N100,000 weekly from customers around the Obalende, Akala, Mushin, Bariga and Ikeja areas.

Another arrested trader who identified herself as Mrs. Abike Adeyemi was also said to have disclosed that she pays N1,900 every week to a representative of the Ikeja Local Government from the sales of ‘Skuchies’ and ‘Hot drinks’ around the ‘African Shrine’.

CSP Egbeyemi therefore, stated that the enforcement operations will be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of criminals.

“The Lagos State Government has vowed to sustain the security onslaught on all areas identified as criminal hideouts and hard drug outlets across the State, especially within the metropolis,” he said.

Also according to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that all those arrested should be immediately prosecuted.

Nine Sentenced To Death In Vietnam Over Hard Drugs

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Nine drug smugglers were sentenced to death in Vietnam on Friday for selling methamphetamine and heroin in a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Heroin has long been the drug of choice among users in Vietnam, mostly older men, but synthetic drugs use is on the rise especially among a growing class of hard-partying youth.

The sentences handed down Friday were among the toughest in years and came after a four-long trial in northern Ha Nam province.

The ringleaders were convicted for trading 18.5 kilograms (40 pounds) of heroin and 563 grams of methamphetamine in northern Vietnam, according to the state-run Vietnam news agency.

Three others were given life in prison, and 10 others were sentenced to between seven to 21 years in jail in connection with the drug ring.

“The investigation showed that 22 defendants had illegally traded drugs many times,” Ha Nam people’s court said on its website.

Separately, four men were also sentenced to death in northeastern Cao Bang province on Friday for dealing heroin, state media reported.

Communist Vietnam has long vowed to tackle “social vices” including drug use, which is prevalent throughout the country.

It has some of the harshest punishments in the world, and anyone caught with more than 600 grams (21 ounces) of heroin or more than 20 kilograms of opium can be sentenced to death.

Authorities have struggled to contain a growing trend among youth for synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy, methamphetamines or Ketamine.

Seven people died after using drugs at an electronic music festival in September in Hanoi, a buttoned-up capital with a reputation for being conservative.

Many of the synthetic drugs on the market in Vietnam come from the notorious Golden Triangle region, a lawless borderland region covering parts of Thailand, Myanmar and Lao.

AFP

NDLEA Seizes Four Tonnes Of Cannabis In Benue

The Benue state command of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized four tonnes of Cannabis and 2.3 grams of Cocaine across the state.

The state commander of the agency, Florence Ezeonye, while parading some suspects also lamented over the level of attacks on its personnel in the cause of trailing and intercepting the dealers.

She expressed concern over the increasing rate of cannabis cultivation in the state, noting that a total of 175 suspects were arrested during the course of the year.

The Commander, therefore, called on traditional rulers to help the campaign against hard drugs, stating that over 75 youths have so far been convicted for illicit drug trafficking.

Many Nigerian Youths Rely On Hard Drugs To Be Happy – Murray-Bruce

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A Federal lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths saying the majority of young people rely on it to be happy.

Speaking on Tuesday during the plenary at the Senate House of Assembly, the lawmaker said the addiction of drug abuse has eaten deep into Nigerian society including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

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The lawmaker who is representing Bayelsa East said the issue of drug abuse is extremely serious as these drugs are easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who rely on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs.”

Bruce added that this serious issue is not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believe but it is a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said

 

Store In Alaska Begins Legal Sales Of Marijuana

cannabisA store in Alaska, a state in the United States, has begun retail marijuana sales, with buyers queueing up to buy legal marijuana on its first day.

The store’s grand opening took place on Saturday, one which the operators referred to as the “high noon.”

The store, ‘Herbal Outfitters, in Valdez, finally opened nearly two years after voters approved allowing people from 21 years and above to re-creationally use ‘pot’.

The company’s offerings will mark the first time it’s legal to buy ‘pot’ under the voter initiative approved in November 2014.

Furthermore, the passage of this law made it legal under state law to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside of a home.

The store launch comes less than a week after the opening of the state’s first testing lab, ‘Cann Test’, in Anchorage.

A worker tends to cannabis plants

The laboratory which would be used to test cannabis products such as flowers, edibles and concentrates, opened on Monday after clearing regulatory hurdles days before.

General Manager of the Herbal Outfitters, Derek Morris, said the store would initially carry only dried cannabis flowers, adding that manufacturers of edibles and concentrates are still in various stages of the permitting process.

In Fairbanks, another city within Alaska, two marijuana retail stores are planning to open in weeks to come, after final inspections are completed, with a third one being launched in about a month.

Public Benefit

In 2012, Colorado became the first state to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use.

In 2013, a measure to impose sales and excise taxes of 25% on the newly legalized recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools was approved.

This move according to the then government, showed a willingness on the part of Colorado voters to tax marijuana for the public benefit

This however, is in sharp contrast to what applies in many other states across the continent where the use of Marijuana or any other form of ‘hard drugs’, is highly prohibited and considered a crime which draws severe sanctions from the government.

cannabisIn Nigeria, there is high prohibition for the use of illicit drugs, enforced by the National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency, (NDLEA).

The agency had in different operations, destroyed large expanse of cannabis farms in states such as Oyo, Osun and Ogun, among others.

Facts About Cannabis- 

Research has suggested that: Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ.

A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug persistently, seem to under-achieve.

Stopping or reducing cannabis use, failed to fully restore the lost IQ.

Persistent cannabis use for over 20 years is associated with neuro-psychological decline.

This is according to the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

cannabisConstant consumption builds up tolerance, in which users desire to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same level of highness, causing greater risk of IQ drop.

Among the short term dangers are:

Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing.

Sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased heart rate as well as appetite and relaxed muscles which may result in reduced productivity levels.

Plateau Security: Agencies Warn Against Arms Proliferation

Arms Proliferation In PlateauSecurity operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.

He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.

Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.

He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.

However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.

The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.

He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.

Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

Drug War: Peddlers are now very desperate -MMIA NDLEA Commander

Alhaji Hamzar Umar the Commander MMIA; NDLEA said on the declared against drug by the NDLEA going the spate of drug seizures lately that Nigerians have decided to go drug rampage as a lot of the peddlers are desperate to achieve their aim and to him it is very sad.

Mr. Umar who was a guest on Sunrise Daily said further that these peddlers channel their talents and efforts wasted on this illicit business into possible ventures.

Watch complete interview for more details.

NDLEA intercepts N294 million worth of heroin in carpets

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have aborted an attempt by suspected drug syndicate to smuggle 24.5kg of heroin concealed inside carpets into Nigeria.

The consignment described in the airway bill as Pakistani hand-knotted new woollen carpets originated from Lahore, Pakistan. It left Karachi airport in an Emirate flight as unaccompanied cargo and taken to Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

The estimated value of the drug is N294 million. It is the first discovery of drug inside carpets in the country.

The NDLEA airport Commander, Hamza Umar said the consignment was examined by the Agency when it was abandoned by the importers.

“The suspicious cargo was monitored by undercover operatives for a week after it arrived. We decided to conduct the search when nobody came to claim it. In all, there were twelve pieces of carpets but only six contained heroin. The heroin was prepared into tiny bits inside plastic hollow treads and weaved in a way that makes it difficult to detect unless it is unfastened” Mr Hamza said.

He added that the information on the airway bill was found to be incorrect by investigators.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade who described the seizure as breath-taking promised to unveil the importers.

“The drug syndicate did their best concealing the drug but it was not good enough to go undetected. If drug barons will not lack concealment methods, we also will not be tired in detecting narcotics. This seizure is unique because it is the least place anyone will go to in search for narcotics. We shall continue with investigation until those behind the illegal shipment are brought to book” Mr Giade said.

8,639 suspects arrested with 195, 283.9kg illegal drug in 2011 – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday said that a total of 8,639 suspected drug traffickers were arrested with 195,283.917 kilogrammes of various types of illegal drugs in 2011.

Ahmadu Giade, the NDLEA chairman.

The agency said it had successfully prosecuted 1,501 cases, out of which 1,491 cases were won, while 10 were lost and 701 cases are pending as of December 2011.

The NDLEA’s Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos, noted that there was an increase of 1,851 in the number of persons arrested in 2011, over that of 2010.

According to him, the largest seizures of drugs were recorded in the South-West and South-South states, adding that it was an indication that more effort was required to halt the spread of the substances in the country.

“Ondo State had the highest seizures with 55,473.31 kg, Edo is second with 40,633 kg, while Delta is third with 26,823.14 kg.

“Oyo recorded a seizure of 15,331.37 kg to take the fourth position, while Lagos state came fifth with 10,406.1 kg,’’ Mr Giade said.

The NDLEA Chairman said thatKano State had the highest number of arrests in relations to drug offences with 1,281, adding that Lagos came second with 382 suspects, made up of 339 males and 44 females.

He said Anambra was third with 361 arrested persons, comprising 301 males and 60 females.

“Katsina followed with 350 arrests, made up of 314 males and 10 females, while Rivers occupied the fifth position with 349 arrests, made up of 314 male and 35 females,’’ he added.

The chairman said the agency also recorded seizures of amphetamine stimulants in the northern states of Borno and Zamfara.

On the total number of arrested suspects, the chairman said that 8,072 were males and 567 females, while cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) constituted the largest seizures with 191,847.91 kg.

“Psychotropic substances are 2,985.45 kg; cocaine is 410.805 kg, while heroin is 39.752 kg,’’ he explained.

According to the NDLEA chairman, when compared with the seizures made in 2010, the quantity of drugs seized in 2011 weighed 178,120.725 kg, with cannabis having the highest quantity of 174,661.59 kg.

“Psychotropic substances came next with 2,550.622 kg, followed by cocaine with 706.433 kg, while heroin is 202.08 kg,’’ Mr. Giade said.

Similarly, the NDLEA Chairman announced that a total of 918 hectares of cannabis farmlands were traced and destroyed in Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun and Oyo states in 2011.

He disclosed that a total of 187,505.57 kg of seized and forfeited drug exhibits were publicly destroyed in 2011, in eight states and Abuja.

Nigerian arrested with cocaine in India

Obiora Ikenna, from Anambra state was arrested with Cocaine
A 32-year-old Nigerian was on Monday arrested in Delhi, India on charges of supplying cocaine, police said Monday.

Obiora Ikenna, from Anambra state, was arrested around 10 p.m on Sunday near Aya Chowk with eight grams of cocaine valued at more than US$22,000 globally.

He told the police that he came to India 14 months back on a tourist visa and lived in Arjun Nagar.

The police said Mr Ikenna’s visa expired on Feb 7, 2010.

“Initially, he exported ready-made garments, shoes and other accessories from Delhi to Lagos but incurred heavy losses,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chhaya Sharma.

Later, he met a Nigerian drug trafficker who lured him into the trade, said Mr Sharma.