Over 300 Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested In Katsina – NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested over 300 suspected drug dealers with more than 460 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, tramadol, and other drug substances in Katsina State.

According to the NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, Sule Momoudu, the suspects were arrested since January to date by officers of the agency in various parts of the state.

He made the disclosure Friday when he paid an advocacy visit to the state government to appreciate its support to the agency and solicit for more.

While stating that the agency was ready to rid Katsina of drug traffickers, Momoudu asked the state government to increase its support and recognition of NDLEA as a law enforcement agency as it had no representative in all the COVID-19 meetings held.

He believes security is development and Nigeria cannot thrive in the atmosphere of insecurity, stressing the need to ensure drug education is taught in primary and secondary schools to basically prepare students to understand the dangers of drug abuse.

“There is the need to establish Drug Control Committee and enhance the capacity of drug-free clubs and increase drug abuse awareness campaign by sponsoring inter-school quiz competitions,” the NDLEA commandant said.

NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, Sule Momoudu, visits the state Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, on September 4, 2020.

 

In his response, the State Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, who received Momoudu pledged the government’s commitment to supporting and assisting the agency to tackle the menace of drug abuse and trafficking in Katsina.

Yakubu was concerned about the involvement of some youths and women in drug abuse in the state.

He observed that the challenges of banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling in Katsina were connected to drug abuse, hence the need for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to tackle the problems.

“Our doors are widely open to supporting NDLEA to conduct its activities effectively in the state.

“Since we assumed office in 2015, we have been in close cooperation with the agency and we came with informed position of seriousness of drug addiction in the state,” the deputy governor told his guest.

He added, “We have been taking proactive decisions with regards to drugs as, for instance, we no longer see drug hawkers on the streets or villages, as well as drug merchants in our markets.”

Yakubu noted that the construction of a rehabilitation centre at the State Command Headquarters of the NDLEA, as well as sensitisation and mobilisation programmes of the government, were part of its support to the agency.

NDLEA Calls For Support To Curb Drug Abuse

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The Katsina State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has appealed to stakeholders to join hands with the command in the fight against drug abuse and other related challenges facing the state.

The appeal is coming after officers of the command intercepted a 65-year-old commercial bus driver identified as Umar Abdullahi at Mani Local Government Area of the state with 12 kilograms of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa otherwise known as ‘Wiwi’ amounting to over 200 thousand naira.

The State commander Mr. Momodu Sule while briefing journalists at the headquarters in Kofar Kwaya noted that the suspected driver who runs from Lagos to Katsina was intercepted on his way from Lagos.

He called for support from residents to address the issue, describing it as a trend disturbing and capable of creating insecurity, adding that the culprit will be face trial.

In an interview with the suspect who has been into a commercial bus driving business for over 30 years told Channels Television that he mistakenly conveyed the substance without crosschecking them.

He however appealed to his partners in the business to always be cross-checking items asked to be conveyed to various destinations no matter their relationship with the senders.

The command had on August 14 announced that it has from July 1st, 2020 to July 31st, 2020 arrested 63 suspects and seized 11.75755kg of different types of drugs.

The success recorded as part of efforts by the command to curve the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the state.

Among the drugs seized include 4.733,79kg (14,217.5 tablets) of psychotropics substances while Cannabis Sativa (Wiwi) 7.02376kg.

In a statement released by the public relations officer of the the the the command, Mustapha Maikudi stated that the command has also secured three convictions at the Katsina division of the Federal High Court.

According to the statement, the convicts bag various jail terms ranging from six months to 24 months.

One of the three convicts simply identified as Aliyu Abubakar of Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina state bagged 24 months jail term after being convicted with Cannabis Sativa otherwise called (Wiwi).

The second convict identified as Abdullahi Abdullahi of Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina state bagged 6 months jail term after being arrested with Cannabis Sativa (Wiwi).

And the third convict, Awwalu Aminu of Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina state bagged 12 months jail term after being convicted with cannabis Sativa (Wiwi).

Similarly, on July 9th, 2020, the command disclosed that it had in the last month secured 24 number of convictions at the Katsina division of the Federal High Court.

In a press statement released by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mustapha Maikudi, the convict bags a jail term ranging from three to 48 months.

NDLEA Uncovers New Route For Banned Drugs Import

A photo released by the NDLEA shows banned drugs concealed in cartons of brushes.

 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a new route used by criminally minded persons to import drugs into Nigeria.

The Chairman/ Chief Executive of NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), who disclosed this said the agency has discovered another 40-foot container at Brawal terminal in Lagos.

He explained that the discovery was made during follow up investigations by the NDLEA after the police intercepted a 40-foot container laden with about 40 cartons of tramadol and other banned drugs, concealed in cartons of brushes.

A joint examination conducted on the container revealed that 255 cartons of different types of tramadol and other banned medicines were concealed therein.

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According to Abdallah, further investigation by the NDLEA revealed that the tramadol was manufactured in Pakistan – a newly discovered country for the manufacturing of such drugs formerly known to have its origin in India.

He described the latest discovery as a major breakthrough for the agency, revealing that the new route for movement of tramadol into the country was from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to Nigeria.

The NDLEA boss stressed that the agency would get to the root of the investigation which he said was of global interest.

He called on other security agencies to collaborate with the NDLEA in achieving a successful investigation.

Abdallah also commended the police, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and other agencies for their cooperation with the NDLEA.

PHOTOS: NDLEA Destroys 167,436KG Of Drugs In Plateau

Illicit drugs seized by the NDLEA in Plateau

 

The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed a total of 167,436 kilograms of drugs between January and August 2020.

Chairman and chief executive of the Agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah(rtd) stated this at the public destruction of exhibits in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

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NDLEA Destroys 167,436KG Of Drugs In Plateau

Illicit drugs seized by the NDLEA in Plateau

 

The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed a total of 167,436 kilograms of drugs between January and August 2020.

Chairman and chief executive of the Agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah(rtd) stated this at the public destruction of exhibits in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

He described the destruction of the illicit drugs as the triumph of good over evil which underscores the collective opposition to the nefarious activities of those determined to ruin people’s lives as well as endangering the great potentials of the country.

The NDLEA boss observed that illicit drug use in the country has reached a pandemic proportion which is worrisome as it has permeated every facet of the society and exacerbated insurgency in the country, radicalisation and violent extremism, cultism in campuses and domestic violence among others.

In view of the increasing population found to be dependent on drugs that cut across both public and private sector sectors including arms-bearing personnel, the agency has developed a drug integrity test initiative to be administered on all cases of people beginning with law enforcement agencies and civil service of the federation.

The forfeited drugs seized and destroyed consist of 3,592.862 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, 13,104.799 kilograms of psychotropic substances and 7.2 grams of cocaine totaling 16,697.639 kilograms while over 40 acres of cannabis Sativa plantation were discovered and destroyed in some Local Government Areas of the state with 1,530 suspects arrested, prosecuted while 423 were convicted to various jail terms.

Police Intercept 40-Foot Container Filled With Tramadol, Codeine In Lagos

The police, Customs and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.

 

The police in Apapa Area Command of Lagos State have intercepted a 40-foot container laden with drugs suspected to be Tramadol and codeine.

The container was intercepted on water and taken to a bonded terminal in Apapa.

A team of officers from Customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) joined the Area B Commander, Olasoji Akinbayo, on Thursday for inspection.

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
Cartons of scrubbing brushes were included in the illegal container.

 

The Area B Commander has recently intercepted similar imports and has transferred the case and two suspects to government prosecutors.

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
Some of the cartons from the illegal container

 

The latest intercepted container is expected to also be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

On Tuesday, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, hinted that drug trafficking was one of the factors fueling insecurity across the country.

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
A picture showing cartons stacked inside the illegal container.

 

Drug addiction and trafficking were one of the major issues the Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, discussed at its last meeting, according to Monguno.

According to him,  Nigeria has moved from a transit hub to a drug production centre.

He noted that 17 meth labs were recently shut down in the country and called for a wholesome national approach to stopping the drug menace.

NDLEA Arrests 12 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Niger

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Niger State has arrested 12 suspected traffickers of hard substances, including cocaine.

Channels Television learnt that the arrests were made during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the state that resulted in an increase in cases of drug trafficking.

Confirming the development, the Acting NDLEA Commander, Isaac Aloye, said the suspects carefully wrapped the items in various forms, adding that the illegal substances were sent as waybills from various parts of the country, through cars labelled with COVID-19 pass to allow them to beat the lockdown.

Aloye noted that the items would have found their way into target communities in the state, but for his eagle-eyed men who intercepted them at various points.

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Items impounded include over one thousand kilogrammes of local and assorted Cannabis Sativa also known as skunk, over 30 kilogramme of Arizona and more than 30 pinches of cocaine.

One of the suspects and a 41-year-old father of two, Enuma Uchenna, claims a friend had asked him to pick up this gas burner containing items including cocaine from a car park, saying he had no knowledge of the contents.

While six of the suspects have been charged to court, the remaining six are still being investigated for further information.

NDLEA Secures 24 Convictions In Katsina

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has secured 24 convictions in Katsina State in the last one month.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mustapha Maikudi, the convictions were made by the Katsina division of the Federal High Court.

Maikudi explained that this was part of the efforts by the NDLEA to curb the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the state.

He explained that the convicts bagged various jail terms ranging from three months to two years, depending on the crime they were convicted for.

One of the convicts, he said, was one Dan Umma arrested with Cannabis Sativa and psychotropic substances and sentenced to six months in the correctional facility.

Another convict, Rabiu Abdullahi arrested with psychotropic substances, was sentenced to 12 months, while Saifullahi Abdullahi arrested with Cannabis Sativa got 48 months sentence.

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
A map of Katsina State in the North West region of Nigeria.

 

Maikudi said the three convicts and two others are currently serving their jail terms at correctional service centers in the state.

This comes two weeks after the command said at least 158 suspected drug dealers and users have been arrested in Katsina State – from January to June.

Of the figure, the NDLEA State Commander, Momodu Sule, said 120 drug users were counselled under the ‘Drug Demand Reduction Brisk Counselling programme’.

He added that a total of 361.15kg of assorted hard drugs have also been seized with 16 convictions prosecuted as at the time he briefed reporters on June 22.

Sule restated his determination to deal with the scourge of drug abuse in the state and called for more support and understanding from all stakeholders to win the fight against drug abuse.

According to him, banditry and drugs are the twin challenges bedevilling the North West and all hands need to be on deck to address the drug challenge in particular.

“There is no crime, I repeat, there is no crime that does not have an element of drug inside, even the much talk about corruption; so if we fight drug, we will fight insecurity,” the NDLEA Commander said.

NDLEA Arrests 145 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Edo

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 145 suspected drug traffickers in Edo State.

NDLEA State Commander, Wakawa Buba, disclosed this to Channels Television during a briefing on Friday to mark the 2020 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Buba who noted that the arrest was made from January to date despite the COVID-19 pandemic said the Command also made a seizure of seven thousand, nine hundred and five (7,905) of various narcotic drugs.

“Edo command in the first half of the year arrested 145 suspects including 101 males and 44 females. The bulk of the drug is cannabis Sativa with 7,880.3128kg while psychotropic substances are 24.788kg.

“Three cannabis farms were identified and destroyed measuring 2.290259 hectares with an estimated yield of 10,993.2432kg of cannabis,” he said.

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Similarly, six vehicles used in conveying illicit drugs were impounded along with one motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the agency has counselled and rehabilitated 63 persons with drug abuse disorders before reuniting with their families.

“Two others found to be abusing multiple drugs and refereed by their parents are currently undergoing counselling. The command also secured seven convictions while 174 cases are pending in court,” he added.

NDLEA Arrests 196 Suspected Drug Dealers In Taraba

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 196 suspects for drug-related offences in Taraba State.

The state commander of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, disclosed this on Friday at an event to mark this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

He explained that officials of the agency made the arrests between July 2019 and March 2020, noting that 39 of them have been convicted.

Jadi revealed that the suspects were arrested with about 883.76kilograms of Cannabis Sativa and psychotropic substances in different parts of the state.

He added that the command has successfully counselled 53 persons through its anti-drug abuse awareness and enlightenment campaigns and programmes.

According to the NDLEA state commander, Taraba is witnessing an increase in drug abuse since the advent of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, which is negatively affecting their daily operations.

He decried that the situation was further compounded by a substandard rehabilitation centre of the agency for victims of drug abuse.

Jadi also listed some of the challenges faced by the command to include accommodation, logistics, and rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts.

NDLEA Arrests 158 Suspected Drug Dealers In Katsina

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No fewer than 158 suspected drug dealers have been arrested in Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disclosed this on Monday in a press conference at the Command Headquarters in the state.

According to NDLEA Commander, Mr. Momodu Sule, the suspects were arrested from January to date.

He noted that 120 of the suspects were counselled under the “Drug Demand Reduction Brisk Counselling program.”

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On the successes recorded in the fight against the scourge, Sule explained that a total of 361.15kg of assorted hard drugs have also been seized with 16 convictions prosecuted.

While reiterating the agency’s commitment in ridding the state of illicit drugs, the NDLEA boss asked for the cooperation of all stakeholders.

“There is no crime, I repeat, there is no crime that does not have any element of drug inside, even the much talk about corruption, so if we fight drug we will fight insecurity,” he said.

NDLEA Detects Cannabis Inside Sacks Of Garri In Edo

 

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State have foiled a criminal attempt to smuggle eighty-three (83) kilograms of cannabis sativa concealed inside sacks of garri out of the state amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.

The interception of the dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis took place at Aviele trailer park, Etsako West Local Government Area of the State.

NDLEA Edo State Commander, Mr. Buba Wakawa who announced the latest operational breakthrough in Benin City also commended operatives of the Auchi Area command for the spectacular drug seizure.

According to him, “officers attached to the Auchi Area command acting on intelligence report raided the popular trailer park at Aviele where the dried weeds of cannabis hidden inside eight (8) sacks of garri were intercepted while preparing to smuggle the drugs out of the State. This is a very successful operation and I commend the officers for their commitment and ingenuity”.

While describing the mode of concealment as “cunning”, the commander said that preliminary investigation had revealed that a local cannabis snuggling cartel in the area is behind the cannabis consignment.

In a related operation at Uzebba forest, the command also recovered twenty (20) kilogrammes of cannabis seeds and thirteen (13) kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis. The commander, therefore, warned that drug traffickers in the State must quit the criminal act or be prepared for the legal consequences.

“The early detection of the drugs despite the mode of concealment is a clear signal that the activities of cannabis cartels cannot escape our strict supervision.

“We are prepared to remain proactive in our counter- narcotics efforts.

“This way,  we will continue to subject drug traffickers to the laws of the country to serve as a deterrent to others who might be tempted to indulge in drug trafficking” the commander warned.