NURTW Chairman Arrested For Drug Trafficking In Ondo

 

Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, has been arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said the transport union leader was arrested along with two others – Ilesanmi Shola and Babajide Johnson.

He was caught with 52.5 kilograms of skunk in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE from Akure to Ekiti state.

Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with the two others soon after his arrest at about 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 18, for interrogation.
In his statement, he admitted to owning the vehicle used for conveying the drugs.

He further explained that the car had been intercepted earlier by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing cannabis sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.

He, however, claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drugs as well as the sum of N60, 000 from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.

Meanwhile, officers of the Benue State command of the Agency have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kilograms.

The suspect arrested at about 8:00 am on Saturday July 17, in a commercial vehicle, said he was from Nsukka local government area of Enugu State.

He, however, claimed another passenger who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the efforts of the commanders, officers and men of the agency.
He also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

Two Million Kilograms Of Illicit Drugs Seized In Five Months – NDLEA

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

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says over two million kilograms of assorted illicit drugs have been seized from January to May 2021.

Chairman of the Agency, Mohammed Marwa disclosed this on Monday while addressing journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital ahead of the 2021 World Drug Day scheduled for June 26.

He explained that within the same period 2,180 arrests have been made by the agency, including five drug barons while 2,100 drug cases have been filed in court, out of which over 500 convictions have been recorded and 1,549 cases are still pending.

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These achievements, Marwa said, were recorded following the launch of the agency’s offensive action against drug cartels across the country five months ago.

Marwa also disclosed that a new trend in drug abuse has emerged in Kogi State where young people engage in smoking a local substance called ‘lope’ which looks like Marijuana.

According to him those who take the substance believe the local substance can fortify them against knives, bullets, and other metallic tools.

He explained that drug abuse contributes largely to insecurity, violent extremism, among other acts.

NDLEA Seizes Over 700kg Of Illicit Drugs, Arrests 446 Suspects In Katsina

Some drugs were concealed in Kolanut bags, nabbed by the NDLEA.

 

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized over 700 kilograms of illicit drugs and arrested at least 446 suspects in connection to the crime in Katsina State.

The state NDLEA Commander, Sule Momoudu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a press briefing which held at the command headquarters in Katsina.

Among those who were nabbed were 92 students of higher institutions of learning in the state, comprising 72 males and 22 females.

Also arrested was a young man who is allegedly involved in ammunition trafficking.

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During the briefing, Momoudu noted that out of the command’s 200 targeted raid operations, only 90 were successful due to vehicular challenges.

In the area of prosecution, he said the command secured 54 convictions last year adding that within the year under review, a report showed that both the young and the old, the rich and the poor across the two genders are into drugs in Katsina State hence nobody is left out.

According to him, the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state is an issue of serious concern, but the NDLEA commander assured residents of his readiness to curb the menace.

“We are doing all we can to sanitize the environment. I want to thank the state government for tremendous support and assistance including various sister agencies,” Momoudu said.

The highlight of the briefing was the showcasing of kola nut bags concealed with various forms of drugs such as Dizapam and Exol 10 tables.

NDLEA Impounds 130 Bags of Cannabis In Kaduna

NDLEA Arrests 123 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Bayelsa

The Kaduna State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has confiscated 130 bags of cannabis from suspected drug peddlers in the state.

While parading the bags of cannabis before journalists in his office, the State NDLEA commandant, Samuel Azike explained that the discovery of the illicit substances was executed in collaboration with men of the state police command who busted a warehouse in the state capital where the bags of cannabis were hidden by a group of drug peddlers.

He announced that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime and will soon be charged to court at the end of investigation.

Azike also appealed to residents to assist security agencies in unmasking drug peddlers in the state especially as the Sallah festival is around the corner.

NDLEA To Intensify Efforts Against Illicit Drug Trade

cannabisThe Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stated its plans to intensify efforts to stop the trade of illicit drugs in the country.

The agency believes that proceeds from such illegal transactions have helped to fund terrorist organisations globally and if more efforts are employed against it, an end can be brought to insurgency.

At a news conference in Abuja, chairman of the NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (rtd) said the agency has kept faith with its operational promise of an intensive and extensive policing of the nation’s air, sea and land borders which has made it difficult for cartels to operate especially in recent time.

He, however, stressed the agency’s increased commitment to ensuring that more culprits are brought to book and the country is eventually rid of any form of crime.

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.

NDLEA Seizes 30 Million Naira Worth of Illicit Drugs From Traffickers

NDLEA, Ogun Customs, 2M Naira, illicit drugsThe Kaduna State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized illicit drugs worth over 30 million Naira and arrested nine suspected drug addicts and peddlers in Zaria.

Parading the suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Kaduna, the state commander, Samuel Azige, said the suspects were arrested during a raid at their hideouts in Zaria where they stored the illicit drugs in a warehouse.

According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects stored in cartons banned tramadol drugs weighing over 500 grams.

He explained that the drug apart from being banned by the World Health Organisation, (W.H.O) has also expired and therefore harmful for human consumption.

The NDLEA Commander stated that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

He said the command has made several seizures of illicit drugs amounting to over 20 tons as well as over 50 arrests since the beginning of this year.

NDLEA, FRSC Partner To Sanitize Parks And Highways

ndlea, efccFollowing the recent fatal crashes in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with the help of the state government, have commenced a joint operation on the major highways and parks in the state, to sanitize and ensure that all harmful practices that lead to accidents and loss of lives are stopped.

This decision is coming on the heels of the ban placed on sale of alcohol, illicit drugs and intoxicating substance in all motor parks in the state.

Leading the operation in Awka and Onitsha, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, and the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, sensitized drivers, road users and traders at various parks on the dangers of drunk-driving and other road indiscipline.

During the stall to stall inspection, many traders were warned against the sale of alcohol and any other intoxicating substances, as all have been placed under ban. The NDLEA Commander interrogated some of the petty traders at Amawbia and Eke Awka Parks.

The NDLEA Commander addressed the park drivers and sounded the note of warning to them as enforcement would commence immediately after the sensitization.

The Safety manager of Adam and Eve park Amawbia, Mr Chimezie Nwankwo, while commending the positive measures from the government, allayed fears of non-compliance to the rules of high way safety, as they had already stopped the sale of any hard drink at the park.

From Awka to Onitsha, the men of the FRSC began the sanitization of the highways, as motorcycles and tricycles from defaulting cyclists were confiscated.

The Sector Commander warned that whoever must use the roads in the state must comply to the rules of the Road Safety so that the lives of the people would not be endangered.

It was also discovered that some cyclists take drugs, as Indian hemp was found neatly concealed in one confiscated motorcycle whose owner fled.

Reacting to the development, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, said the state would commence enforcement of zero tolerance to motorcycle riders plying designated busy roads in the state, as well as arrest of motorcycle riders and passengers who failed to wear crash helmet from August 1.

NDLEA Seeks Inter-Agency Collaboration Against Drug Abuse

ndleaThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration in order to win the war against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Nigeria.

The collaboration is to scale up its (NDLEA) control from small traffickers to medium and high level traffickers of illicit drugs.

The
 Director General of the NDLEA, Mrs Roli Bode-George, made the call in Abuja on Friday at an event to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Effective Criminal Justice System

According to the NDLEA boss, illicit drug trafficking and abuse has continued to thrive, despite government’s efforts to curb the menace.

Drug abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotics have continued to thrive in Nigeria in the face of several interceptions and destruction of illicit drugs and arrests in the last two years by the agency.

Meanwhile, the United Nations office on drug and crime says effective criminal justice system and provision of alternative jobs for producers of narcotics are needed for effective control of illicit drugs.

NDLEA Arrests 114 Suspects With 517.2kg Of Drugs In Niger

The Niger Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Friday that it arrested 114 suspects with 517.2kg of illicit drugs from January to December.

The state Commander of the agency, Abdullahi Abdul, said this in an interview in Minna, the state capital.

“Most of the drugs being abused by the youth in the state are Indian hemp (cannabis) and psychotropic drugs,’’ he said.

Mr Abdul said that 51 suspects aged between 18 and 40 had been jailed by the Federal High Court, while others were still facing trial.

He said the agency also counselled and rehabilitated 69 former drug addicts and reintegrated them into the society within the period.

He urged parents, religious leaders and well-meaning individuals to assist the agency in the campaign against drug abuse.

The commander appealed to the state government to assist the agency in the area of logistics to enable it function optimally and maintain its six offices in the state.

He, however, commended the state government, the Nigerian Army and the Police for their assistance to the agency in the campaign against drug abuse.