NDLEA Seizes Bandits’ Drug Supply In Niger

 

Acting on credible intelligence, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from the Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

In a communique on Sunday, the agency noted that after a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of Cannabis Sativa were recovered.

A man who was seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar, and at the time of filing this report, it was unclear what his connection to the racket was.

In a related development, NDLEA officers on Saturday 31st July 2021, recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The suspect who tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her. During the preliminary interview, she claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.

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Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday 27th July during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.

On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy, was arrested at the airport’s Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.

With respect to the successes recorded, the Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers, and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility.

He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug-related criminalities.

NDLEA Intercepts Drugs Going To Italy And Turkey, Arrests Suspects

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Saturday 31st July 2021 intercepted drugs headed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA in Ikeja, Lagos, to various destinations in Italy and Turkey.

First, a male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.

Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday 27th July during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.

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In a similar vein, NDLEA operatives on the same day, recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The suspect who tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her. During the preliminary interview, she claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of Cannabis Sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotics officers from afar.

Legalising Cannabis Will Turn Nigeria To Nation Of Junkies – Marwa

 

The Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa has warned that current moves by some stakeholders to push for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria will rob the country of the gains so far made in the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking in the country.

The NDLEA boss spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at a national security summit organised by the House of Representatives. He said the present figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing cannabis is frightening and enough to sound the alarm bell.

“Should we have such a law, we will soon become a nation of junkies and criminals. As such, I will like to caution that our lawmakers should not legalise cannabis because it will amount to taking a step forward and ten steps backward.

“It will no doubt rob the nation of recent gains in the war against illicit drugs. In less than four months, we have been able to mop up over two million kilograms of illicit drugs, with over N90billion worth of illicit substances seized.

“Imagine if a fraction of this had found its way into our streets. We can’t be holding a national security summit and at the same time considering legalising illicit substances,” Marwa noted.

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These comments come about five months after the drug law enforcement agency’s boss assumed office, pledging to overhaul and expand the agency to effectively deal with the menace of drug abuse in the country.

The ex-governor who headed the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse said the revamping will be done in line with the recommendations of the committee.

Further addressing the summit, Brig. General Marwa said there is presently no bigger national issue than the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, adding that the relationship between substance abuse and crime is a fact.

“So beyond speculations and armchair theories, there is ample evidence, from report statistics and from empirical data from the field, to conclude that the use of illicit substances is a contributing factor to the worsening security situation in Nigeria. And if this is so, Nigeria should be the last country to consider a law to legalise marijuana in any shape or form,” the NDLEA boss stated.

The NDLEA’s Chief Executive commended the organisers of the summit, saying it could not have come at a better time. He urged Nigerians to stand up and take ownership of the fight against insecurity in the country.

Buhari Meets New Chairman Of NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the new Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd).

The President on Friday received the former military governor of Lagos State at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

As at the time of filing this report, details of the meeting were yet to be released, however, it is assumed that the audience was not unconnected to the war against drug abuse in the country.

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After meeting with Marwa, President Buhari held a separate audience with Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd).

The two held a closed-door session, however, it is yet to be disclosed what the leaders talked about.

NDLEA Clamps Down On Cannabis Dealer In Oyo

Bayelsa: NDLEA Secures 19 Convictions In 2016The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has recorded a major breakthrough in its fight against illicit drugs across the country, as it confiscates over 1,000 kilos of fresh cannabis seed meant for 2017 planting season.

The contraband was seized from one Mr Sunday Obi during a stop and search operation by men of the Oyo state command of the NDLEA in Ogbomosho.

The representative of NDLEA commandant in Oyo state, Mrs Omolade Faboyede and the Public Relations Officer, Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi  said some of the documents found in the suspect’s car which all bear conflicting names led them to his residence at Olode Adegbayi, Ibadan, where more surprising discovery was made.

“A total of 126 bags of cannabis sativa and 6 bags of cannabis seeds weighing 1,441.2kg was confiscated bringing the entire seizure to 1,477.7kg.

“This is perhaps the largest seizure made from a single individual by the NDLEA in Oyo state in recent time”.

However, according to the suspect, he said he had been to prison over same offence where he claimed to have learnt some lessons.

 

NDLEA Intercepts Drugs Worth Over N300 Million In Kano

ndlea, efccThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attached to Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) has intercepted 10.6kg of high grade pure rrack heroin with street value of over N200 million .

Addressing a news conference, the NDLEA MAKIA Commander, Ambrose Umoru, told journalists that the drug was uncovered during an inward examination and clearance of luggage of Ethiopian Airline flight number ET 491 from Addis Ababa.

The drug was neatly concealed in eight submersible water pump machines inside two cartons wrapped with a transparent cellophane leather.

In a related development, the Command also seized 93kg of narcotics comprising of 22kg of Methamphetamine worth N60 million and Ephedrine worth N70 one million all concealed in cartons of pressing irons mixed with hair attachments and slippers destined for Maputo, Mozambique.

Channels Television’s Jubrin Idris reports that no arrest was made in the course of the seizure, but the noted that the Commander urged members of the society to be wary any suspicious individual who may likely look like the fugitive for immediate apprehension.

Court Upholds Judgment Stopping Kashamu’s Extradition Process

KashamuThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restated the validity of the judgment which restrained the commencement of any extradition process against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Justice Ibrahim Buba, in a judgment delivered today (Tuesday) on a contempt application filed by Senator Kashamu against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, held that the order made by another judge of the court, Justice Okon Abang “is still subsisting and must be complied with until it is set aside by a superior court.”

Justice Buba dismissed a preliminary objection filed by the NDLEA and then warned the AGF and the NDLEA Chairman to be of good conduct and obey the subsisting order of the court.

Counsel on both sides spoke to our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele about the import of this judgment on the extradition suit pending against Senator Kashamu before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal high court in Abuja.

NDLEA Officials Surround Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu’s Residence

Buruji_KashamuOfficials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have surrounded the residence of Ogun State Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

The drug law enforcement agency is said to be set to extradite the Ogun State born politician to the United States of America to answer drug related accusations proffered against him.

It will be recalled that Kashamu had dragged the inspector-general of police and 11 others before a Federal High court sitting in Lagos, asking it to enforce his fundamental human right to freedom of movement.

Other respondents in the fundamental rights suit are: Chairman, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Director General, Department of State Security (DSS), The Interpol, National Central Bureau (NCB) and attorney-general of the federation (AGF).

Others include: The clerk of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, The National Security Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Nigeria Custom Services, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The politician is specifically urging the court for an order restraining the defendants and their agents from arresting, detaining, or otherwise effecting his abduction upon spurious allegations.

He is also seeking an order directing the clerk of the National Assembly to accord him every facility and privilege due to him as a senator-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

NDLEA’s Siege To My House Is Illegal – Buruji Kashamu

Buruji_KashamuOgun State Senator-elect, Mr Buruji Kashamu has described as illegal the decision by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to surround his house situated in Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos State.

A statement signed by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, said “this latest onslaught is a confirmation of the alleged plot to illegally abduct him in spite of the pending suit against this illegality.

“As a matter of fact, the court has ordered parties in the matter including the NDLEA to maintain status quo until judgment is delivered on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

“We have confirmed that they do not have a warrant of arrest, just as the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice has said that it did not give any order to carry out this illegality.

“We have confirmed that this illegality is being designed and executed by Chief Bode George whose wife is the Director General of the NDLEA, all in a bid to score cheap political points.

“We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on NDLEA, Chief George and his wife to toe the path of the rule of law and follow due process.

“Nigeria is not a Banana republic! The United States being the bastion of democracy, the rule of law and due process should not lend itself to this kind of illegality”, the statement said.

 

NDLEA Offers N500K For Information On Secret Meth Laboratory

Meth LabAnambra state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Sule Momodu, has announced the state government’s offer of 500,000 Naira to anyone who will come forward with information that will lead to the disclosure of a secret illicit drug factory distributing Methamphetamine in the state.

In a press conference, the commander recalled the discovery of such factory in Nanka community in Orumba North local government area of the state in 2012 and since then, shipment and circulation of the illicit drug have been noticed but the source is yet to be traced.

Mr Momodu narrated how the National Headquarters of the NDLEA intercepted a parcel containing Methamphetamine about being exported out of the country and it was traced to the state capital of Awka in Anambra state.

He, however, said the general public should look out for any deserted buildings that are locked up in the day time but in use at night, strong offensive smell consistently perceived in an area and withering of leaves where unusual by–products of a chemical is disposed. He noted that any information related to these signs would the police identify such clandestine factory.

He assured members of the public of their safety and keeping of their identity secret, should anyone be afraid to come up with such information.

Four Killed In NDLEA Gun Duel With Suspected Drug Dealers

NDLEAFour persons including three operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have been confirmed deed in Ogun state, south west Nigeria in a clash with suspected drug dealers at Owode in Yewa South Local Government area of the state.

The incident occurred during a shoot-out that ensued when the NDLEA operatives attempted to arrest some suspected drug dealers.

Confirming the incident, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi said three NDLEA operatives and one suspected drug dealer were killed during the gun duel.

The State Commander of NDLEA, Mr Bala Fagge has however described the incident as unfortunate.

NDLEA, Army Raid Kaduna, Arrest Suspected Drug Barons, Addicts

NDLEAA combined team of officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Army, Air Force and Civil Defence Corps today raided Sabon Tasha and Kawo areas, a suburb for notorious criminals’ hideout in the Kaduna state capital.

The operation which lasted many hours, led to the arrest of 50 suspected drug addicts and over one hundred addicts as well as seizure of various kilogrammes of narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Parading some of the suspects, Kaduna State NDLEA Commander, Mohammed Jibrin told Channels Television that the aim of the operation is to flush out criminals out of the state and make it peaceful ahead of the 2015 general elections, warning that Kaduna is no longer a safe haven for illicit drug users or traders.

The commander added that the operation was the third this year since the inauguration of the Joint Task Force by the state governor in December 2013.

He commended the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps for giving the needed backup because of the notoriety of the area.

Giving an insight on the operation, the Assistant State Commander in Charge of Operations, Goody Obanoke, said the suspected drug peddlers would be prosecuted after investigation while the users  are to be taken to the agency’s facility in Zaria for counselling and rehabilitation.

He  urged stakeholders to support the NDLEA towards the eradication of illegal drugs in the society.