NDLEA Arrests Man With Expired Drugs Worth 13 Million Naira

cocaine-NDLEAOperatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kaduna State, have arrested a 58-year-old man for being in possession of expired Tramadol Hydrocloride drugs worth over 13 million Naira.

Parading the suspect before reporters in Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday, the NDLEA Commander, Mr Samuel Azige, said that the suspect was arrested in his shop in Kano State with 1,544 cartons of pain-reliever drugs which expired in 2014.

“The suspect has a big warehouse in Zaria where he stores the goods he supplied to his customers in Kano,” Mr Azige told reporters.

He said that each carton of the illicit drugs, costs about 9,000 Naira.

But the suspect, who is a patent medicine dealer, denied the allegation, saying he bought the drugs from a pharmaceutical company in Lagos long before it expired.

He also claimed to have kept the drugs at a warehouse in Zaria pending the time he would get approval from NAFDAC and NDLEA before destroying it.

Mr Azige explained that apart from the fact that the drugs had expired, they were banned drugs that had serious implication on the consumers especially the youths.

He stated that investigation was already on, while the suspect would be charged to court within the next one week.

Nigerian Troops Arrest Jos, Zaria Bombing Suspect

Nigerian troopsThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested the masterminds of the Zaria, Kaduna State and Jos, Plateau State bomb blasts.

According to the Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sanni Usman, the arrest followed a security cordon and search which was established in the general areas especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the Northeastern part of the country by troops of 3 Division and Special Task Force, as well as the Department of State Services.

This, he said, culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa, Gombe State.

He added that the suspected terrorist and his colleagues, who disguised in a trailer while trying to evade checks, were fished out by troops of the Nigerian Army.

He said that the suspects are currently being processed for further action and would soon face the full wrath of the law.

He, however, urged Nigerians to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and facilities to the security agencies.

The Defence Headquarters had earlier made the announcement via its official Twitter account.

“Troops have arrested a mastermind of the Jos & Zaria bombing at a checkpoint in Gombe following an operation by combined team of military & DSS operatives.” the tweet read.

bomb attack at the Secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State on Tuesday, July 6, left 25 people dead and 32 others injured, and 24 hours earlier (Monday), a twin bomb attack in Jos had killed 44 people and injured 47 others.

In Jos, the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi campus of the University of Jos, while the second one went off at the mosque near the Yan tyre market area of Dilimi junction along Bauchi road about 15 minutes after.

The Zaria attack occurred at the venue of biometric registration of civil servants.

Bomb Attack In Zaria Kills 25, Injures 32

BombA bomb attack at the Secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State on Tuesday has left 25 people dead and 32 others injured.

The explosion went off while biometric registration was underway.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, while expressing sadness at the mindless attack thought to have been carried out by Boko Haram terrorists and sympathising with victims of the blast, had earlier put the death toll at 20 but from recent reports, the figure has risen.

Red Cross officials and security agencies have evacuated the dead bodies while the 32 injured persons were taking to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and other hospitals in the city for treatment.

“I am sad that a terrorist bomb attack just killed 20 people in Sabon Gari Zaria,” Mr El-Rufa’i said on his Twitter account.

“We call on our citizens to be vigilant and avoid crowded places like markets, mosques, churches and motor parks in the next few weeks,” he added.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai addressing newsmen at the scene of the attack

Mr El-Rufai promised that the government was working with the security agencies to end the wave of militant attacks in the country.

“We call on our citizens to be vigilant and avoid crowded places like markets, mosques, churches and motor parks in the next few weeks.

“We call on our people to report any suspicious persons and movements to law enforcement agents, traditional rulers and religious leaders.

“The Kaduna State government is working with Federal security agencies that are taking proactive measures to frustrate such terrorists,” El-Rufai said.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has also visited the scene of the explosion.

 

Kaduna State Govt, Military Resolve Tanker Drivers Protest

Tanker Drivers in Kaduna State The Kaduna State government and military authorities have amicably resolved the crisis that led to the blockade of the Kaduna-Zaria road by protesting tanker drivers on Sunday night.

The drivers had blocked the road with their trucks since Sunday night to protest the shooting of their colleague allegedly by military personnel at a checkpoint in Rigachikun area of Igabi Local Government Council.

This led to a heavy traffic jam on the only access road between Kaduna, Zaria and some northern states. Both the army and Air Force denied any of its personnel was involved.

However, following the intervention of the State government and senior military officers, who met with the angry drivers, they agreed to remove the barricade but they insisted that all road blocks on the road must be removed.

Abah Saminu, a trailer driver, was shot by unidentified men in military uniform on the road for refusing to part with 500 Naira they were requesting for, leading to the protest by his colleagues.

Motorists woke up on Monday to find the road blocked forcing many travellers to return to their homes.