NDLEA Arrests 25 Drug Addicts in Kaduna

cocaine-NDLEAThe Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested 25 suspected drug addicts and traffickers in different parts of the state.

The agency also recovered hard drugs of different substances from the suspects during various raids conducted at various parts of the state last week.

Parading the suspects in his office on Thursday, the State NDLEA Commandant, Mr Samuel Azike, said they were arrested at the notorious black street in Sabon Tasha, Kawo, Kigo road and constitution road, all within the state capital, following a tip off from members of the public.

He disclosed that illicit substances including cannabis, cocaine, rophenol, tramadol and heroin were seized from the drug traffickers.

While stating that most of the crimes in the state are drug related, the NDLEA Commander vowed that the suspects would be charged to court in order to serve as a deterrent to other addicts and traffickers.

He advised commercial bus and luxurious drivers not to carry illicit drugs for traffickers with their vehicles, warning that any driver caught in such act would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Mr Azike also reassured that the command would intensify sensitisation campaign against the use and hawking of illicit drugs to save the public from its harmful effects.

Some of the suspects however denied their involvement in the drug related offence and asked the agency to release them.

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 Reels Out Achievements In Ondo

NDLEA Reels Out Achievements In OndoThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized over 113,000 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa between January and December, 2015.

Ondo State Command of the NDLEA in southwest Nigeria, which made the feat said it also confiscated 500 grammes of cocaine within the stated period.

The Ondo State Commandant, Mohammed Sokoto, who gave the report  at the agency’s Headquarters, told reporters that 21 cannabis farmlands covering 323 acres were destroyed during the period.

He added that a total of 210 suspects were arrested out of which 35 were convicted.

Reacting to rumours that some NDLEA officials in Ondo State were conniving with drug dealers, Mr Sokoto maintained that they were untrue allegations.

He said: “Anyone with a valid proof should present it for such officers to be prosecuted”.

The Ondo State Commandant urged Ondo State residents to be courteous in merry making during the yuletide, cautioning that the command was monitoring all the ‎towns and villages to ensure they were free of criminals.

Kashamu’s Drug Case: Judge Vows Not To ‘Hands Off’

KashamuA judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Ibrahim Buba, has refused to disqualify himself from adjudicating on a suit filed by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Senator Kashamu wants the court to restrain the Federal Government from seizing his properties over drug trafficking allegations.

He sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Attorney-General of the Federation from taking possession of his properties

‘Hands Off’

Justice Buba had earlier restrained the NDLEA from arresting or extraditing Kashamu to the United States of America, where he is allegedly wanted.

But the NDLEA asked the judge to ‘hands off’ the trial.‎ It said since Justice Buba, on June 23, reaffirmed a May 27 order by Justice Okon Abang of the same court stopping Kashamu’s arrest, he might not be fair in the case.

The Agency claimed the injunction amounted to preventing federal agencies from discharging their constitutional duties.

The NDLEA also asked the judge to withdraw from the case on the basis that he might not reach a different conclusion in the fresh case having ruled in Kashamu’s favour once.

It requested that the case file be returned to the Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for reassignment to another judge.

Refusing the application, Justice Buba said he would not shy away from deciding a case merely because of an unsubstantiated accusation of bias.‎ He dismissed the application, saying it lacked merit.

Meanwhile, Senator Kashamu has alleged that there was a move by the NDLEA and AGF to seize his property, including a 24-flat housing estate at Egbe and several hectares of land on Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.

According to him, he acquired the property, which he said was worth 20 billion Naira, by dint of hard work and through his legitimate business.

He said contrary to the NDLEA’s claims, the property were not proceeds of drug trafficking.

Mr Kashamu’s application would be heard by the court on Wednesday.

Police, NDLEA Nab Suspected Criminals In Abia

Police, NDLEA Nab Suspected Criminals In AbiaSecurity operatives in Abia State have intensified efforts to curb crime in the state by ensuring that all hoodlums and criminal hideouts are exposed within few seconds of available information.

The Police Command in the state has combed Ekenobisi, Umuokpara, in Umuahia, the Abia State Capital, to apprehend a suspected ritualist, Marshal Nwankwo.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Onyeke Udeviotu, disclosed that Nwankwo killed a hunchback, Ukata Iheme, and buried him in a shallow grave, where a pair of sandals was confirmed to belong to the deceased as well as his shorts, which is in a nearby cassava plantation.

He also revealed that angry youths took laws into the hands by destroying Nwankwo’s house, who is now in police custody, while the worship centre and house of his accomplice, Emeka Okoye, who is at large was completely ruined.

Similarly, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also arrested some drug peddlers at an undisclosed hotel in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State.

The suspects were caught with wraps of Indian hemp and an undisclosed quantity of suspected cocaine which were confiscated though, the suspects denied.

The NDLEA Commandant in Abia State, Bamidele Akingbade, said there was no truth in the suspects’ denial, maintaining that the arrest was made based on information at their disposal.

He hinted that the agency was strategising on ways to curtail illicit drug trafficking in the state by partnering with hoteliers where the hoodlums occupy.

 

Kaduna Proposes Law To Address Drug Abuse

KadunaThe Kaduna State Government has proposed a draft bill on drug control and usage as part of efforts to stop the abuse of narcotics and unconventional substances among the youth.

This is the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday, October 27.

The Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Amina Sijuwade, said in a statement at the end of the meeting that the bill signals the government’s intention to adopt new approaches in the fight against crime and rescuing young people from the dangers of drug abuse.

The statement explained that the drug control law provides for measures to prevent substance abuse as well as the treatment and rehabilitation of users.

According to the Commissioner, the bill would provide guidelines for voluntary counselling and treatment as well as ensuring that the rights and dignity of persons undergoing treatment and rehabilitation are well protected.

According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna is among the states with a large number of drug addicts and traffickers.

NDLEA Arrests Six For Allegedly Swallowing $156,000  

ndleaThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested a Bureau De Change operator and five other suspected members of a money laundering syndicate, for  swallowing $156,000 (over 31 million naira) in a hotel in Lagos State.

According to the NDLEA, the six suspects were arrested in the hotel while they were busy swallowing the large sums of money, with the intention of exporting $156,000 to Brazil.

Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr. Ahmadu Giade, said that the agency would continue to track down suspected drug traffickers and currency launderers, in a bid to rid the society off crimes.

NDLEA Destroys 12,366 Kilogrammes of Illicit Drugs In Kaduna

ndleaThe Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has destroyed a total of 12, 366 kilogrammes of narcotic substances seized from illicit drug peddlers and consumers.

The destroyed drugs were cannabis sativa otherwise called Indian Hemp, Psychotropic substances, cocaine and heroin.

Speaking during the destruction of the illicit substances in Zaria, Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, announced the discovery of 10 laboratories used by drug barons for the production of a psychotropic drug called Methamphetamine in Lagos and Onitsha; in Anambra State.

He expressed worry over the high rate of drug abuse and peddling among the youths, a situation he said placed a heavy burden on the nation’s security.

Lamenting the harm being done to the society by drug trafficking and consumption, the NDLEA Chairman noted that majority of the crimes being committed in the country were drug related.

He, however, called on the public to assist the Agency in the anti-drug campaign aimed at eliminating such social vices in the society.

The 2015 World Drug Law Report according to the NDLEA, revealed that a total of 246 million people between the ages of 15 and 64 years are into the use of illicit drugs while one out of every 10 drug users suffer from psychological problems.

This figure, according to Mr Giade is very alarming and needs concerted efforts to address.

Between January to June 2015, the Kaduna State Command of the Agency has arrested 89 persons for drug-related offences and seized over 15 tons of such illicit substances worth over N100 million from them.

The seizure was the highest ever made by the Agency in the entire Northern Nigeria.

The Kaduna State NDLEA Commander, Samuel Azige, said that with enough operational vehicles and other logistics from the government, the Command would discharge its duties effectively.

While responding to what the Commander said, Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the NDLEA for its effort to rid the society of drug barons and consumers and promised to support the NDLEA with operational vehicles and other logistics.

The former Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) boss also urged the Agency to conclude the extradition process of Mr Buruji Kashamu to the United States for trial over alleged drug-related offences.

NDLEA Seizes 61kg Cannabis, Arrests 75 Suspected Drug Dealers

Drug: NDLEA Seize 61kg, Destroy 342tn, Arrest 75 SuspectsThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in  has seized over 61kg of Cannabis Sativa, destroyed 342 tonnes and arrested 75 drug suspects in Ondo State ‎between January and June 2015.

The Ondo State Command of the NDLEA gave the figure while reeling out its achievement in the period under review.

The State Commander of the agency, Mohammed Sokoto, told a gathering in Ondo on Friday in an occasion to mark this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse, Illicit Cultivation and Trafficking that the anti-drug agency would continue to do its best to bring an end to the activities of drug peddlers.

He commended the State Government for assisting in the efforts aimed at eradicating drug abuse, cultivation and trafficking.

The NDLEA boss also advised those involved in the cultivation of hard drugs to key into the cocoa revolution drive introduced by the State Government.

The resource person at the event and Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Olabode Ogunjemiyo, expressed optimism that hard drug abuse, cultivation and trafficking could be eradicated from the country.

He advocated for more awareness on the detrimental effects of hard drugs.

Students, corps members, government officials among others were present at the commemoration, held at the NDLEA state headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, south-west Nigeria.

FG Challenges Order Barring Arrest Of Buruji Kashamu

KashamuThe Federal Government has instituted two appeals before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal against the orders of the Federal High Court barring security agencies in the country from arresting and commencing extradition proceedings against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang and Justice Ibrahim Buba had in separate rulings nullified the provisional warrant of arrest obtained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the Senator representing Ogun-East.

The judges had also restrained the NDLEA from arresting and arraigning Kashamu in furtherance of moves to extradite him to the United States of America to face drug related offences.

In one of the appeals, the Federal Government argued that the court cannot fetter the hands of security or prosecuting agencies in the lawful discharge of their functions.

In the second appeal, the government submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower courts aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF in the appeal, also insisted that the English Courts, have not exonerated Senator Kashamu on drug related charges but only ruled on his extradition proceedings.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Emeka Ngige, who represented the Federal Government in the matter has therefore asked the Federal High Court to stay further proceedings in the matter pending the hearing and determination of the appeals.

Counsel to Senator Buruji Kashamu, Ajibola Oluyede, has however described the application as an ambush on the contempt proceedings against the AGF and the NDLEA

In a brief ruling, Justice Buba adjourned further hearing of the matter till June 23 to enable the lawyers produce before him copies of the appeal and all other documents in the matter.

Court Orders NDLEA To Suspend Action On Kashamu

KashamuA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has asked the NDLEA to suspend all actions on the move to extradite the Ogun East Senator-elect, Mr Buruji kashamu, to the United States to face trial on alleged drug-trafficking offences.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had earlier said a press statement by the Head, Public Affairs of the NDLEA, Ofoyeju Mitchell, on Tuesday that it had served Kashamu, a notice of application for extradition to the U.S.

Mr Kashamu had replied the notice of extradition served him by the Agency, saying the NDLEA has no role to play in extradition proceedings until a warrant of arrest had been issued by the court.

The presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, while adjourning hearing in all pending applications on the subject matter till June 19, said that status quo must be maintained till all the applications were decided one way or the other.

Pending before Justice Buba was the committal suit filed by Kashamu against the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Chairman of NDLEA, citing them for contempt of court.

In response, the anti-narcotics Agency had filed preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

NDLEA Operatives Vacate The Residence Of Buruji Kashamu

KashamuSix whole days of house arrest, that’s what the NDLEA enforced but now they have withdrawn from the residence of Ogun State Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had laid siege, claiming that Mr Kashamu was wanted in the United States on alleged drug offences.

The agency insists it has an extradition request from the US but this was not tendered in court as the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday declared as illegal, the arrest and planned extradition of the Senator-elect in relation to the allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British Courts.

The NDLEA, at the time, denied receiving any court order, insisting that it would continue to maintain presence. This led to Mr Kashamu’s lawyer accusing the agency of flouting the court order.

Kashamu’s lawyer, in a Thursday morning interview on Channels Television, said that the agency’s operatives were still at Mr Kashamu’s residence in defiance of the court order.

According to him, there were “close to 12 to 15 armed men” in Mr Kashamu’s residence and he has been locked up in his bathroom since Saturday, a situation that meant he had to speak with his client through the door.

He also revealed that Kashamu had been complaining of health challenges due to this situation he had been.