Returnee From Brazil Arrested At Port Harcourt Airport For Importing Cocaine

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have intercepted 24 parcels of cocaine concealed in 12 tyres of lawn mowers imported into the country through the Port Harcourt International Airport, PHIA by a Brazilian returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi.

The 45-year-old who has just finished serving his jail term for drug trafficking in the South American country, hails from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State.

He was arrested at the Port Harcourt Airport on Saturday 7th May upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

Preliminary investigations revealed Okechukwu who was arrested and convicted in Brazil for drug offences completed serving his jail sentence in March 2022, after which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawn mowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.

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Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawn mowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug. The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawn mower bear O LORD and HAVE MERCY.

The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bears the inscription IN GOD and WE TRUST, while the third mower has IJIOMA and 186.6 inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres.

Okechukwu claimed one of his church members gave him the lawn mowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.

In other operations across Zamfara, Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna and Kano state, no fewer than 37, 876 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids especially Tramadol; 10,884 bottles of codeine and 825.016 kilograms of cannabis sativa were recovered during raids in the past week.

In Zamfara state, a Mercedes Benz truck with reg. no. XB 986 AGB from Onitsha to Sokoto was intercepted in Tsafe area on Friday 20th May. Apart from the driver and his assistant that were arrested, three other persons: Alex Chukwuemeka, 37; Ignatius Mokwe Odikpo, 47 and Andrew Chijokwe, 47 who are owners of the drug exhibits were arrested in a follow up operation at a hotel in Gusau while waiting to receive the consignment for possible movement to Sokoto. Seized from them include: 9,900 bottles of codeine, 599.3kg cannabis and 15,889 tablets of other opioids.

Meanwhile in Kogi state, a fake security agent, Richard Agada was arrested on Wednesday 18th May while conveying 10 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 116.8kg in a white Nissan van.

Various quantities of opioids and cannabis were equally seized in two separate operations the previous Tuesday and Monday in other parts of the state with the arrest of a drug dealer, Ayuba Nda Isah, 32.

Three suspects: Nornu Abanne; Yirakpoa Emmanuel and Dornu Gbarazia were arrested at Kaani community and Bori with 90kg cannabis and 1.5gram of Cocaine on Wednesday 18th May.

In Kaduna, three suspects: Nura Salis, Bawa Musa and Charity Jacob were arrested on Tuesday 17th of May at Warri Street within the state capital with 4,900 tablets of Tramadol, 890 ampoules of Diazepam injection, 257 ampoules of pentazocine injection, 1,950 tablets of Nitrazepam and 830 tablets of Carbazapine.

Equally, in Kano state, a drug dealer, Abubakar Abdullahi, 47, with 5,970 capsules and tablets of Tramadol was arrested, while Nasiru Musa and Musa Mohammed were also nabbed with 5,000 caps of the same drug on Tuesday 17th May.

While commending the officers and men of PHIA, Zamfara, Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna and Kano commands of the Agency for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the war against drug abuse and trafficking is one that must be won.

He therefore charged all commands of the Agency to remain on the offensive against the cartels as they take advocacy messages to communities and schools.

NDLEA Arrests Instagram Comedian, De-General

Instagram Comedian, De-General.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday morning arrested a popular Instagram comedian, Sunday Joshua, popularly known as De-General.

His arrest according to a statement by NDLEA follows the raid of a notorious drug joint at Orchid Estate, Lekki area of Lagos State.

The statement added that illicit drugs exhibits including Cannabis Sativa; Tramadol 225mg, and some paraphernalia for drug use were found in his house.

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“Acting on credible intelligence, narcotic officers stormed the drug joint in the estate, where three suspects were arrested with illicit drugs including 200 sachets of 225mg Tramadol and 1.5 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa. In the course of the operation, some persons including the suspected dealer ran away with bags suspected to contain exhibits.

“A trail showed they ran into a house located at 2B Saula Akinlolu way, Orchid estate, which is the residence of 22-year-old Sunday Joshua (aka De General). The young men started to make noise to prevent a search.

“The operatives introduced themselves as officers of NDLEA and submitted themselves for search before entry. This was done and a search was conducted

“The search led to the recovery of drug exhibits including Cannabis Sativa; Tramadol 225mg, and some paraphernalia for drug use. This was after the suspect had requested to record on video the search, which the officers out of a sense of civility allowed. The video trending on social media was the moment the suspect and his friends decided to disrupt the bid to conduct a search of the house,” the statement read in part.

The agency added that the comedian in his confessional statement while in custody admitted ownership of the drugs recovered from his house.

NDLEA Arrests Mother-Of-Three With 100 Wraps Of Cocaine

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a Nigerian woman based in Brazil, Mrs. Anita Ugochinyere Ogbonna, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, with 100 pellets of cocaine concealed in her private part and handbag.

The mother of three was arrested on Friday night on arrival in Abuja via Qatar Air from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Doha. Upon a proper search, 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private part were extracted while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag.

During interrogation, Mrs. Ogbonna who is a mother of three children, all resident in Brazil, claimed she lost her husband three years ago. She confessed she decided to traffick the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22nd July in Imo state.

She said one Emeka, alias KC also based in Brazil gave her the drug to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of $3,000. She said she pushed the wraps of cocaine into her private part after her attempts to swallow the pellets failed.

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The suspect who owns a shop where she sells African foodstuffs in Brazil further claimed she had to drop her three young children with a Kenyan lady who is her neighbour in Brazil before she embarked on the quick-money-journey.

In a related development, narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500grams of ketamine concealed in the walls of a wooden box filled with bitter kola that originated from Douala, Cameroon and heading to the United States of America, while another 500grams of methamphetamine hidden in automobile parts going to Australia were also seized at the firm.

Meanwhile, over 410 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs have been intercepted and seized by NDLEA operatives in Plateau and Kwara states. A commercial bus with registration number EKY 184 CQ Lagos was intercepted in Plateau with Diazepam weighing 39kg; Exol-5 tablets weighing 35kg and 1.7kg of Flumtrazepam tablets discovered in the vehicle.

A follow-up operation led to the arrest of a drug dealer, Livinus Nnadi at Bauchi motor park on 26th June 2021 while on the same day, a blue Sharon minibus with registration number FKG 539 GR, going to Bauchi from Jos was also intercepted and 7.9kg of pentazocine injection recovered from it.

In the same vein, operatives of the Kwara state command of the Agency have recovered 67.2kg of Tramadol heading to Benin republic at a checkpoint close to Ilesha in Osun state while a 53-year-old drug trafficker, Zakiru Abdullahi has been arrested on Ilorin-Jebba highway on Thursday 1st July, with 260kilograms of pentazocine injection meant for Kaduna.

Reacting to all the successful operations, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended officers and men of Abuja airport, Plateau, Kwara commands of the Agency as well as those in the Directorate of Investigations and Operations, DOGI, attached to the courier firms for their diligence and commitment to work.

“Let me again commend all the gallant and vigilant officers and men in these commands and DOGI for their resilience and commitment to the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us in the Agency to rid our towns, communities and even forests of illicit drugs and the criminal elements profiting from the unconscionable trade. With the recent launch of the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, we must all aim for the ultimate goal of winning this battle sooner than expected. We can and we must”, Gen. Marwa charged on Sunday.

Notorious Drug Dealer Sentenced To 15 Years Imprisonment In Katsina

Logo of a court gavel

 

The Katsina Division of the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Hadiza Shagari has on Wednesday sentenced a notorious drug trafficker, Ibrahim Ali to Fifteen (15) years imprisonment without an option of a fine.

Before his arrest in November, last year by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ali was reported to have been into drug trading in Katsina town particularly the state capital.

In a press briefing held at the state command headquarters of the NDLEA, Katsina, the state commander, Mr. Momoudu Sule told reporters that the young drug trafficker has been arrested severally by the command and was counseled and told not to go back to the business anymore but the admonitions proved abortive.

Sule while describing 15 years as quite a long period of time, believes that taking the drug trafficker out of the streets will boost the reduction of the illicit drug trade in Katsina town significantly and will serve as a deterrent to others who are still involved in the trade.

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“We teamed up in November and charged him to court and by the grace of Almighty God, he is successfully prosecuted and got him convicted.

“To the glory of God, Ibrahim Ali is now sentenced to 15 years imprisonment without option of fine.

“Fifteen years is quite a long time and I believe our taking him out of the streets will come to boost significantly the reduction of illicit drug trade in Katsina town and will serve as a reminder to those who are involved in this trade and that the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.

“So Ibrahim Ali has been evicted from our society and taken to where he rightfully belongs to which is prison. I therefore want to appeal to those who are involved in this business to have a rethink because here in Katsina State, it’s not business as usual.

“We are coming after you, we will get you, we will prosecute you diligently and ensure we seek your conviction to put you where you rightfully belong,” Sule stated.

Last year, the State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA arrested 446 drug suspects and seized 701.05669 kilograms of assorted drugs.

The various forms of drugs such as Dizapam and exol 10 tables seized were seen concealed in cola nut bags to deceive the NDLEA officers.

Among those arrested last year according to the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Momoudu Sule were 92 students of higher institutions of learning in the state comprising 70 males and 22 females who were arrested in various houses they rented in the state capital.

He noted that the level of drug abuse and trafficking among youths in the state has become an issue of serious concern to many.

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.