NDLEA, Ogun Govt. Inaugurate Drug-Free Club In Secondary Schools

NDLEA Parades 14 Drug Suspects In KogiThe Ogun State Government in collaboration with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has inaugurated a drug-free club in 10 secondary schools in the state.

This development follows the government’s determination to curb the menace of drug abuse among teenagers and forestall related juvenile delinquencies.

Inaugurating the club at the Rev. Kuti Memorial Grammar School, Isabo, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, the Director, Pharmaceutical Department, Ministry of Health, Olufemi Fafiolu, said the step became necessary to enlighten the students on the dangers inherent in drug abuse.

He said it had been observed that drug abuse had been on the increase in the country, particularly among students; noting that the menace had also started spread to the primary school level.

The director urged parents to closely monitor their wards, saying hard drugs were capable of causing brain damage, affecting the neuron membranes and could also cause Parkinsons disease.

In her presentation, the Principal Staff Officer, Department of Drug Demand Reduction Unit (NDLEA), Mrs Ekwu Eucharia, said an average addict consumed about 30ml of drugs per day, which was the level of nicotine required to satisfy the craving of a smoker.

Eucharia highlighted some of the symptoms associated with drugs addicts to include increased aggression, attitudinal change, depression, truancy, destitution, prostitution and criminal tendencies, warning that the treatment and rehabilitation of a drug addict was a 50-50 chance, depending on the level of addiction.

The NDLEA boss advised parents to be wary of symptoms such as deficiency in blood, glazed eye, dilated or constricted pupils, weight changes, bruises, infection, disruption of normal brain functioning, heart and organ dysfunction and physical changes in their children.

She said once noticed, such cases should be reported promptly to the NDLEA office, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Department of Pharmaceutical Services.

NDLEA Re-strategises On War Against Drugs

NDLEA Re-strategises On War Against Drugs The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has convened a summit to enable commanders of the agency brainstorm and strategise on improved ways of combating the drug menace in Nigeria.

Chairman of the Agency, Muhammad Abdallah, in his address during the 2016 command officers’ summit held at the Regional Academy for Drug Control in Jos, said the agency is committed to the war against illicit drugs as well as the syndicates involved.

“Furthermore, I desire an agency that will be highly proactive and intelligence driven.

“An agency that is committed to the dismantling of drug syndicates and the provision of best treatment and rehabilitation services to problem drug users.”

The convergence of NDLEA officers for the 2016 command officers’ summit with the ,

The event themed: ‘Change Begins With Me: Repositioning NDLEA For Effective And Efficient Performance Towards A Drug-Free Nigeria’, had many dignitaries in attendance.

In his address, Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, challenged the agency to strengthen its collaboration with other agencies in the fight against illicit drugs in the country for maximum impact.

“Let me however challenge the agency to ensure that as part of its preventive measures, it strengthens its collaboration and cooperation with vital ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government that would help the war to succeed.”

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Symington W. Stuart also tasked commanders of the agency on best global practices in counter-narcotics campaign with an assurance that America is firmly behind Nigeria in the campaign to eradicate illicit drugs from the country.

“I am delighted that we have started and we must continue to work together and talk to stakeholders of our collective responsibilities.

“If you think of any problem to tackle, I trust you to come up with a way to do it better. Whatever efforts you are making in the drug war will not end with you because the benefits are for your children, generations unborn and the world at large,” the ambassador stated.

With the new strategies being put in place, Nigerians are looking forward to a drug free society as the commanders begin to exhibit the strategies adopted at the summit in exterminating illicit drug trafficking and consumption.

NDLEA Seizes 56.6kg Methamphetamine Drug For Export To Malaysia

NDLEAThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kano has arrested three people with 56.6kg of methamphetamine drugs for export to Malaysia via Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

Addressing a press conference, the NDLEA Kano State Coordinator, Adamu Hamza, said the drug was associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behaviour and potential heart and brain damage.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Kano, Idris Jibrin, reports that it is the first time the NDLEA is recovering drug more dangerous than cocaine and heroine in the state.

According to the Kano State Coordinator of the agency, methamphetamine drug, popularly known on the streets as meth or crank, is not known in Nigeria until recently when the NDLEA uncovered seven clandestine laboratories in Lagos and some few states in eastern part of the country.

It is mostly used as club drug with ability to destroy the body and can only be relieved by taking more of the drug.

“This is a very dangerous drug, even more dangerous than any other drug you may think of. It is, however, important to note that where this substance cannot leave this country, it would be consumed here. Therefore, we thank God they were apprehended and currently under investigations including their sources,” he said.

Joseph Obiajulu is the leader of the three-man group tasked with the responsibility of delivering the product to Malaysia.

He told reporters that he would get over $20,000 after successful delivery that was suddenly interrupted by the NDLEA.

“I’m from Imo State and this is the first time I joined this business. I could not wait to take a flight to Malaysia from Lagos that was why I came to Kano, unknown to me that the NDLEA officials were tracking me,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, the command also disclosed that it had so far seized a total of 37, 851.056kg of different kinds of drugs between January 2016 and now while about 761 suspects were arrested out of which 299 of them have been convicted.

“Substances recovered within the last eleven months include 2,822.913kg of cannabis sativa, 118.1 grams of cocaine, seven grams of heroin and 24.8kg of ephedrine, as we also counselled 542 users,” he said, giving further breakdown.

For sometimes now, NDLEA has been hopeful of giving adequate attention to the situation when construction of a new drug rehabilitation centre was started by the state government, but after two years, they are still waiting for it to be completed.

While they wait, Kano State has continue to remain the largest drug consuming State in Nigeria.

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.

Anti-Drug Agency Intercepts Over 3,000kg Of Cannabis In Ondo

indian hempOfficers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ondo State have intercepted a vehicle conveying over 3,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp along Akure-Owo Highway.

The State Commander of the Agency, Mohammed Sokoto, hinted reporters on Wednesday of the seizure in Akure, the state’s capital while parading the driver and the illicit substance.

Mr Sokoto said the substance was neatly concealed in 298 bags in a Mercedes Benz truck.

He added that the arrest was made possible through an intelligent report received by the command.

The NDLEA boss appealed to residents of Ondo State to be vigilant and report to the agency individuals suspected to be Indian hemp cultivators and drug barons.

Paraded with the seizure was the apprehended suspect who drove the vehicle, Usman Bello.‎

He claimed to be innocent.

Mr Bello told reporters in Yoruba Language that he was called upon to drive the vehicle by his friend who was the original driver but was sick.

Bello insisted that he didn’t know the vehicle contained the illicit drug.

Plateau Residents Assured Of Hitch Free Eid-el-Kabir Celebration

Eid-El-Kabir-Security-PlateauSecurity agencies in Plateau State have assured its citizens of a peaceful and hitch free Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in spite of rumours of impending attack on the state.

The Commander of the Special Taskforce “Operation Safe Haven”, Major General Rogers Nicholas, gave the assurance after a town hall meeting with officials of road transport workers, community leaderships and market operators.

Subsequent to the meeting, Major General Nicholas led the Joint Taskforce on a security patrol of major streets of Jos and Bukuru metropolis in North-central Nigeria.

The Taskforce comprises officials of the military, police, immigration, Department of State Security, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigerian Prisons Service.

Addressing the joint patrol after the exercise, the Commander said the exercise was part of security measures to assure citizens of its readiness to combat any criminal activity during and after the Sallah celebrations.

He urged the officers to exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties and called for synergy among security agencies for the sustenance of peace in Plateau State.

The Major General also warned those who may want to cause trouble during the celebrations that security agencies were ever ready to clamp down on perpetrators.

On his part, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Ogunyanwo, said the police is also ready to secure lives and property during the Sallah period.

He appealed to the citizens to also cooperate with the security agencies to provide useful information and adhere to instructions on security arrangements, to forestall breakdown of law and order.

NDLEA Parades Suspect With Fake 9.8 Million Naira Notes

NDLEA, fake currencyThe Kwara State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested and paraded one Muhammad Adamu for possession of 9.8 million Naira believed to be fake currency.

Parading the suspect, the State Commander of the NDLEA, Apeh Reuben said the confiscated money, in 1000 notes, was concealed in cartons of noodles.

He noted that the fake currency trafficker was arrested by Jebba command of the agency while he was on transit to Kano.

Mr Reuben added that a yet to be identified accomplice in Ilorin will soon be arrested.

On the need to alert the public on the fake money in circulation he said it is necessary as people nowadays withdraw fake money from Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

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.

Security Beefed Up For Eid El Fitri Celebrations In Plateau

Plateau State, eid el fitriSecurity agencies in Plateau State are leaving no stone unturned towards achieving a hitch-free eid el fitri celebration with the deployment of security personnel across the state.

There was also a show of force across Jos and Bukuru metropolis by members of the joint security task force comprising of the Army, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs, Immigration, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Acting Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Brigadier General Abdulasalam Ibrahim, reminded the troops not to relent on their efforts of securing citizens particularly during the festive period in spite of embarking on the show of force.

In addition to the military show of force, the State Police Command has also placed a ban on the use and sales of fireworks with vehicles and tricycles not to be packed within praying grounds.

The use of motorcycles to worship centres is also prohibited as part of security measures for a hitch-free celebration.

Delta Police Command Parades Ritual Suspects

Delta PoliceThe Delta State Police Command has paraded suspected ritualists who were arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for being in possession of a human hand.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Celestina Kalu, paraded the suspected ritualists alongside other suspects on Thursday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

He disclosed that the gang were nabbed at Issele-Asaba during a stop and search session by the NDLEA for an alleged money-making ritual.

Mr Kalu hinted that the Police had through the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, carried out a sensitisation campaign against cultism.

He said that the Police highlighted the dangers of cultism as a vice in the society and the menace it can cause now and in the future.

The PPRO solicited for the continuous support of members of the public in order to free the society from all forms of vices.

According to one of the suspects who testified to have committed the crime, they were asked to get the human part by an unknown herbalist for money making rituals.

Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

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.