NDLEA Seizes Methamphetamine Worth 1.7 Billion Naira

drugscartelThe Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted 25.2 kilograms of Methamphetamine worth 1.7 billion Naira from a vehicle carrying the dangerous substance.

Addressing journalists at the Onitsha Command of the Agency on the latest development, the State Commander, Mr. Sule Momodu, says the command received intelligence information of the shipment of the dangerous drugs into the state for onward movement to Lagos.

In a swift stop and search exercise, the agency luckily intercepted the substance and arrested a 31 year old suspected hard drug dealer, Vincent Chidiebere.

Mr Momodu said the chemicals used for the production are highly toxic and can cause permanent destruction to the ecosystem while posing a serious health hazard to the community where it is produced.

He reminded the public that Governor of the state, Willie Obiano has pledged a reward of half a million Naira to anyone with information on where the substances are being produced within the state and assured of the readiness of the command, with support from the public in the area of information, to fight the illicit drug production and peddling in the state.

In a similar development, the Anambra state Police Command also paraded 20 suspected cultists and another notorious armed robbery suspect.

The new State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, reiterated his crime fighting commitment and warned all criminal elements in Anambra state to relocate as the prevailing peace and security in the state can never be compromised.

Mr. Okaula said he has directed the Divisional Police Officers, Area Commanders and Heads of Departments to display their numbers for the public to access, as his own would also be displayed to ensure a collective attack on crime and criminality in the state.

NDLEA Seeks Govt. Partnership For Drug Free Society

NDLEAThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called for the collaboration of state and local governments to actualise a drug free society.

The Anambra State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, made the appeal while he was speaking at the state command’s third annual lecture at the Professor Dora Akuynili Women Development Centre in Awka, the state’s capital.

He stressed the need for all relevant stakeholders to partner with NDLEA to curb the spate of drug abuse and trafficking but with major emphasis on rehabilitation which he said was more critical.

Mr Momodu also condemned the increase in drug cases, adding that there was a need to establish a rehabilitation centre in the state.

A speaker from the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Abuja, Sheriff Ghali, solicited state and local government cooperation in the area of enforcement of drug control policies.

The Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, who represented Governor Willie Obiano stressed the importance of grassroots awareness.

He urged various families, churches and civil society groups to play their parts to nip drug activities in the bud by teaching children the right values before their lifestyles become uncontrollable.

The National Drug Control Master Plan of the NDLEA was drawn in 2015 and assigned roles to both the state and local governments.

The large crowd of participants at the lecture comprised the various security agencies in the state, corps members, government functionaries, community leaders, principals, teachers and students.

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 Arrests 24 Suspected Drug Pedlars In Anambra

ndleaThe Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Anambra State has arrested 24 suspected drug peddlers in Onitsha.

According to the State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Sule Momodu, the “Operation Nkpochapu” launched to tackle the menace has been yielding tremendous results, both in urban and rural areas of the state, as a result of facilitated efforts by community and the assistance of the state government.

Some of the suspects expressed regret for their involvement in the illegal business, as 60-year old Raphael Chuya said he took to the trade when he could not pay his hospital bills.

For the State Governor, Willie Obiano, the same vigour used in dealing with the issue of kidnapping will come to play in going after drug kingpins in Anambra.

Governor Obiano also said that the arrest was a good development as the activities of drug dealers pose a great danger to the well-being of the people of Anambra, particularly the youth.

Obiano, therefore appealed to community members to continue feeding the relevant bodies with useful information that will lead to more arrests of bad elements in the society.

 

Obiano Commissions Drug Quality Control Laboratory In Anambra

ObianoAnambra State Governor, Wilie Obiano, has commissioned a state of the art Drug Quality Control Laboratory and Drug Information Center in Awka, the state capital.

Governor Obiano, said during the commissioning, that his intervention in the health sector with regard to quality drugs and medical supplies will not only guarantee improved health for the citizenry, but would also reduce capital flight as a result of huge cost of treating diseases without result.

Being the first of its kind in the south east region of Nigeria, the governor said the Laboratory would ensure that the drugs that go the various health institutions in the state both private and public would be duly tested and certified safe for the people.

He also assured the people of the state of his commitment towards providing quality healthcare, noting that it would be unequalled having earmarked millions of naira for the upgrade of the 37 General Hospitals in the state.

Fifteen of the hospitals have been selected and are already being reconstructed in the first phase of the upgrade to be completed in the next six months.

Governor Obiano also inspected the knee replacement surgery ongoing in the State Teaching Hospital, sponsored by an abroad based doctor from the state.

He then commended the sponsor and called on other indigenous citizens to bring their profession and expertise home for proper development.

He further revealed his plans for the sustenance of an healthcare delivery in the state, which includes the establishment of adequate infrastructure, improved welfare for patients and also training and welfare of doctors and nurses.

The State Health Commissioner, Dr. Joe Akabuike, and the State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Sule Momodu, both maintained that the project commissioned was a proactive step to quell the spate of diagnostic and treatment failures, despite the efforts of the regulatory agencies to curb the circulation of fake drugs.

Governor Obiano also expressed optimism that with all the measures in place, the era of fake drugs and unnecessary deaths in the state will be brought to an end.

Anambra Police Parade Suspected Criminals For Sundry Offences

obianoPolice in Anambra State have paraded 14 suspected criminals for sundry offences which include kidnapping and armed robbery.

Parading the suspects at the Headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, the State Commissioner of Police, Hassan Karma, said that many of the suspects had been arrested for kidnapping, one of which is involved in the kidnap of a 78 year old woman at Ebenebe in Awka North Local Government area of the state.

According to Mr Karma, the Police secured the release of the woman who is presently hospitalised but not without a gun battle that led to the death of two of the gang members with three members at large and three arrested.

Several arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner warned youths to desist from crime as the Police were combat ready to search them out wherever they may hide and bring them to justice.

In a similar development, the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Anambra Command, also paraded a suspect who smuggled 650 grams of Indian hemp to an inmate in Onitsha Prison on the pretext that he was taking food to him.

The State Commandant, Sule Momodu, commended the Onitsha Prison authority for their vigilance.

Speaking on the overall security situation in the state, Governor Willie Obiano said that the state could no longer contain criminals as his alliance with the security agencies in the state was paying off.

He noted that over 40 kidnap dens have been demolished within the past 11 months and several of the criminal suspects arrested were now facing the law.

The Governor also said with the second phase of security alliance formed between the Police and the community vigilante, security will be at its best and also be sustained too.

NDLEA Embarks On Drug Demand Reduction Through Quiz Competition

ndleaAnambra state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, is catching them young as it embarks on drug demand reduction campaign amongst secondary school students through quiz competition, which has been instituted to be an annual event.

In the 2014 Maiden Event in Awka, the State Commander, Mr. Sule Momodu, says the command is trying to demonstrate among students as well as inculcate in them, that they could be whatever they wish to be without being under the influence of drugs.

Participating schools that performed excellently received rewards while St. John of God’s Secondary School, Awka, emerged the overall winner in the quiz competition.

The preliminary exercise of the quiz competition began 2weeks earlier with 65 secondary schools drawn from the state participating.

The objective of the competition is to engage the attention of students and youths towards being vanguards of a drug free society. According to the NDLEA state commander, drug control comes in two ways, the supply reduction and the demand reduction.

The students were encouraged to be at the fore front of the campaign against illicit drugs and abuse as it increases the rate of crime in the nation which tends to drive investors away.