The Kaduna state command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it has uncovered five cannabis farms in some parts of the state.
The Commandant of the Agency, Mohammed Jibrin, said the farms are located in Sanga, Kagarko, Jema’a and Zaria Local Government Areas of the state.
Jibrin said the agency discovered the cannabis farms through information from indigenes of the communities and stressed the need for the public to furnish the agency with information that could enable it combat the increasing rate of drug abuse and peddling in the state.
According to him, the agency has arrested 300 suspects with over two tons of cannabis sativa, 235 grammes of cocaine and 182 kilograms of other narcotic substances between January and October this year.
The commandant assured the public of confidentiality and safety of any person that provides it with information that could enable the agency curb drug abuse and trafficking.
About 30 hectares of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa, also known as indian hemp has been destroyed by the Ogun State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The farmland was discovered inside Ayepe Forest Reserve, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun state, South West Nigeria.
The State Commander of the NDLEA, Bala Fagge disclosed that his men got information about the farmland through a tipoff, saying that 5 suspects have been arrested in connection with the cultivation of the outlawed substance.
He stated that the command decided to destroy the cannabis cultivation, rather than to wait for the perpetrators to harvest the illicit drugs before pouncing on them, stressing that such approach would be counterproductive.
He added that the command has declared a total war on cannabis cultivation in the state.
Army officers in Edo state under the ‘Operation Thunderstorm’ apprehended an imposter who has been parading himself as a Major serving in the 4th Brigade of the Nigerian army.
Mr Kaburi John not only has been parading himself as an officer of the Army but also as an Officer Commanding (OC), of the Provost Company with the aim of duping unsuspecting victims.
Men of Operation Thunder Storm in Edo state have apprehended Mr Kabiru John who has been parading himself as a Major serving in 4Brigade Nigerian Army.
Parading the suspect at the 4Brigade headquarters in Benin city, the Public Relations Officer, Captain Rose Managbe told journalists that Mr kabiru John who is always dressed in full military gear to perpetuate his act, have been exhorting money from his victims with a promise to help them gain admission into military institutions.
Mr Kabiru claimed that he joined the army in 2003 and was dismissed in 2010 as a private soldier.
Alongside Mr Kabiru, two other suspects were also paraded by the command for armed robbery and one , Mrs Josephine Ochini for drug peddling, who had been earlier arrested and paraded by the command for same offence three months ago; however she was rearrested with seven bags of Indian hemp. She however claimed to be innocent and accused her husband of committing the crime.
The Two suspected armed robbers were reported to have been terrorising Eyean and Aduwawa communities, an act that admitted to and they will be handed over to the appropriate authorities for persecutions.
The Imo State police command has arrested a 37- year old man, Fabian Enudi, who was caught in Ohaji Egbema Local government area, Imo state, while transporting 53 bags of Cannabis Sativa also known as Indian hemp.
Briefing journalists at the police headquarters in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the Commissioner for Police Mr .Mohammed Katsina said the suspect who was dressed in an army uniform was intercepted by the police special ambush team along Owerri-Port Harcourt road.
The fake soldier was arrested in a black Nissan Pathfinder jeep which carried a fake registration number LU366ABJ.
Mr. Katsina said after much interrogation, the police discovered that he is an impostor and he is neither an army officer nor officer of any of the security operatives. The military uniform was only to deceive members of the public and security operatives.
Fabian Enudi, a native of Abbi village, Abraka Delta state had transported the 53 bags from Kwale in Delta state.
Mr. Enudi, who confessed to have committed the offence told Channels Television that he has been into the business for over a year and the army uniform belong to his late father who was an army officer.
The Command also paraded a 41 year old man a native of Ezinihitte Mbaise in Imo state who was alleged to have forcefully and illegally defiled a 13 year old girl by disguising to be a philanthropist representing a popular non-governmental organisation in Nigeria.
He claimed to have the mandate of the NGO to scout for children of poor parentage in a guise to sponsor their education.
The suspect however denied all the allegations leveled against him, claiming to be an engineer and a businessman and that he’s had nothing to do any young girl.
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.
Ondo State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has displayed over 8 tons of substances suspected to be indian hemp seized from traffickers from two different spots in a thick forest near Ipele, a town in Owo Local Government Area of the State.
Explaining the two scenarios to Newsmen while displaying the seizures at the premises of the Command’s headquarters in Akure, the State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Walter Nicholas said his officers got informed through intelligence gathering and decided to investigate it.
According to him, in the first seizure, about 300 bags, weighing about 3 tons in sack bags were loaded in this truck with plate number: LAGOS XP 622 KTU with granite packed on them to conceal them.
He disclosed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime and further investigation was in progress.
In the second seizure in another location in the forest, over five tons, also loaded in sack bags were discovered inside a hurt.
The NDLEA Boss vowed that the command will push the drug offenders in the state to the wall until they all abandon the illegal trade.
He however made a clarion call to the government and people of the state to join hands with the agency in waging the war against hard drug cultivation and trafficking in the society.
The NDLEA is determined to continue the fight; the drug offenders too are very adamant, not willing to stop the illegal trade because it is very lucrative.
A couple has been arrested by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for smuggling 30 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, locally known as Indian hemp in the Gbaji-seme area of Lagos.
The machine compressed hard drugs valued at N3.2 million was concealed in the engine compartment of a Kia- salon car from the Republic of Benin.
Handing over the suspects and exhibits to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) official, the Comptroller of the Seme Area command of the NCS, Mr Othman Salleh warned smugglers to steer clear of the border post.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Seme border on Tuesday said that it has arrested a couple (names withheld) for allegedly importing 30 kg of Cannabis (aka Indian hemp) worth N3.2 million into the country.
Mr Othman Salleh, the Customs Area Comptroller, in Seme said that the couple was arrested with the drug in a KIA saloon car with registration number KST 160 AG at Gbaji-Yeke checkpoint.
The female suspect was arrested with a baby on her back while the husband was partially disabled.
“Customs operatives working at Gbaji-Yeke checkpoint intercepted and arrested a couple for importing 30 kg of Cannabis Sativa into the country from Benin Republic,” he said.
According to the customs boss, the hard drug was cleverly concealed in the engine and back seat compartments of the car.
The suspects, the exhibits and the saloon car were later handed over to narcotic officials at the border.
Mr Bashir Oladosu, an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), who received the items, commended the customs for the arrest and assured that further investigation would continue into the matter.
The Ogun State Custom Command has intercepted and seized 855kg of substance suspected to be Indian hemp valued at about N5 million.
Ogun State Area Controller, Mr Bamidele Akande while officially handing over the seized substance to the state controller of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mohammed Mohammed said the consignment was intercepted along the Imeko border post of the state.
The border patrol team however failed to make arrests as the suspects were said to have abandoned their wares on sighting officials of the Customs Service.
Mr. Bamidele said “The substance was neatly packed in bags, while others were compressed in a tablet form”.
Receiving the seized substance from its sister agency, Mr. Mohammed lamented the surge in the movement of narcotics from the neighboring sister state, Benin Republic, and the uncooperative attitudes of the authorities in that country towards reducing the menace to the barest minimum.
Both agencies called on dwellers of the border communities to provide useful information that will lead to further arrests of criminals involved in the act of transporting banned substances in to the country.
Meanwhile, the Oyo/Osun command of the Nigeria Custom Service also made a seizure of 5 vehicles fully loaded with fabrics.
Area Comptroller Oyo/Osun Command, Abdul Amade told channels Television that the smugglers tried to sneak into Oyo state through Ayegun, a border town in the Oke Ogun axis of the state.
Amade said his men had laid an ambush for the defaulting persons for two days after receiving intelligence reports on their intentions.
He also said the smugglers fled after a long gun duel with the officers from his command thereby abandoning the smuggled goods.
He further warned that only people who do credible and legitimate businesses will transact freely in the state as security along border towns have been tightened.
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.
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.