PHOTOS: Rowdy Scenes As NDLEA Recruits

Applicants gathered outside a center to write the NDLEA recruitment aptitude rest in Abuja, on Thursday. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun


On Thursday, hordes of applicants came out to write the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recruitment aptitude test across the country.

But some of the scenes at a centre in Abuja, as captured by Channels TV’s Photo-Editor, Sodiq Adelakun, showed a lack of organisation and sanity.

The scenes bring to memory the shoddy preparations that led to the 2014 Nigeria Immigration recruitment tragedy.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, some 23.1 per cent of Nigerians are unemployed.

Here are some of the photos from the NDLEA recruitment centre in Abuja:

16 Arrested For Drug Offences At Jigawa APC Secretariat

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 16 suspected illicit drug dealers and users at the premises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) headquarters in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital.

NDLEA’s Deputy Controller in charge of Operation and Intelligence, Mr Oko Michael, confirmed the arrest to reporters on Monday.

He explained that the raid, which was carried out by NDLEA operatives on Sunday evening, followed several complaints of the activities of drug users at the party’s office.

According to Michael, the suspects were arrested at the premises and inside the APC’s state secretariat over the weekend.

He added that three of the suspects would be charged to court on Tuesday to serve as a deterrent to others with similar motives.

The NDLEA deputy controller disclosed that among those to be arraigned was a woman who has a kiosk at the premises of the party’s secretariat where many substances were found in her possession.

He declared that even though some suspected drug users fled into offices during the raid, the operatives were able to arrest some suspects in the middle of their illicit businesses.

In his reaction, the spokesperson for the APC in Jigawa, Mr Nasiru Jahun, confirmed that the arrest was in order.

He, however, refuted that the NDLEA operation was conducted inside the APC office, rather around the building which was patronised by all members of the society and not only APC supporters.

“Even though we supported NDLEA in flushing out illicit drug users across the state, there is no clear indication that those arrested were members of the APC, although they were arrested near our Headquarters,” Jahun said.

He noted that the APC secretariat is not a sacred place and the NDLEA can perform their constitutional duty, even inside a mosque or church.

Gunmen Kidnap Girl, Injure Father In Machete Attack

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Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday attacked the home of a man identified as Alhaji Usman Bobo in Jalingo, Taraba State

The gunmen attacked the man with a machete and whisked his daughter, Farida Usman, away around 2:00am.

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An eyewitness, Baban Yola, told Channels Television that the kidnappers attacked Alhaji Usman after he vehemently refused to follow them and they in anger took the 18-year-old girl away.

A family member explained that the abductors have since contacted the family using the Farida’s phone, asking if Alhaji Usman is still alive.

Alhaji Usman who survived the attack is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The abductors are yet to make demands are.

All efforts to speak to the police for confirmation proved abortive as the police public relations officer in Taraba state neither picked his phone calls nor responded to text messages.

NDLEA Arrests Suspected Supplier Of Marijuana To Insurgents, 20 Others


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 21 suspected drug dealers in Taraba State.

The suspects, including one person accused of supplying drugs to Boko Haram insurgents, were paraded on Thursday at the NDLEA office in Jalingo, the state capital.

Mr Suleiman Jadi, the state commander of the agency, disclosed that officials seized about 299.6 kilograms of drugs within four months of operation.

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The NDLEA state commander said Mohammed Ibrahim – the suspect said to be a major supplier of drugs to Boko Haram – was nabbed with 153 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana.

He stressed that unemployment and peer group influence were the major reasons why youth indulge in drug abuse.

Jadi, who noted that they were faced with various challenges as a unit, said nine of the suspects have been charged to court.

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NDLEA Destroys Over 6 Million Kilogrammes Of Weeds

The NDLEA in collaboration with the Taraba state government have destroyed 6.963.755 kilogrammes of weeds and psychotropic substances seized between January 2003 and December 2018.

These are made up of 4,413.566 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa and 2,550.189 kilogrammes of psychotropic substances which includes, Diazepam, Rohypnol, cough syrups with codeine and tramadol.

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NDLEA Arrests 90-Year-Old Man Reportedly Dealing In Indian Hemp

NDLEA Arrests 123 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Bayelsa


The Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 90-year-old man, James Salihu for dealing in cannabis sativa popularly known as Indian hemp.

The man was arrested on Wednesday by NDLEA detectives in Supare Akoko a town in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming the incident, the State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Haruna Gagara noted that Salihu has been known to be notorious in the community.

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He said officers of the Command on a tip-off stormed his house where a 12-year-old boy was staying with him and discovered the drugs.

Gagara noted that the suspect was arrested and later granted administrative bail due to his poor health condition and warned him to desist from such an evil act.

The NDLEA boss disclosed that investigation is still ongoing to unravel more facts on the matter, adding that the suspect would face prosecution as soon as he is confirmed medically fit.

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Arrests 186 Suspects In Jigawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Jigawa State has arrested 186 suspects and seized 61.24kilograms of various narcotics and psychotropic substances in the state.

The State Commander of the Agency, Barrrister Josephine Ruth, disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference in the state capital to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse.

According to her, the suspects were accused of abusing drugs such as codeine, cannabis, and other nonconventional substances and the agency has already prosecuted and convicted 22 persons, while 108 persons are undergoing counselling.

Speaking further, she explained that while the agency has faced several challenges in the discharge of its duties such as a shortage of manpower, it continues to partner with sister-agencies to achieve its goals.

“We usually seek assistance from the police when we want to go out for raids in order to complement our strength because we usually face resistance from the suspect because of our number,” Josephine said.

She, however, thanked the state government for its support particularly for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre in the state.

Gunmen Kill Four NDLEA Officials In Ondo

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Gunmen have killed four officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA) in Ondo State.

The incident occurred on Sunday when men of the service were performing their duty at a checkpoint near Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of the state.

The dead bodies of the victims were reportedly found by some farmers on their way from the farm along the checkpoint in Ikaro, near Iron.

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Commander of NDLEA in Ondo State, Mr Haruna Gagara, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said investigations are ongoing to unravel the situation and bring the perpetrators to book.

Mr Gagara further noted that men of the command have gone to the scene of the incident to evacuate the corpses alongside with other security agencies who are involved in the operation.

NDLEA Raids Black Spots, Seizes Drugs And Guns In Abia

PHOTOS: NDLEA Raids Black Spots, Seizes Drugs And Guns In Abia


The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has embarked on a raid of black spots in Abia State.

NDLEA Commander in Abia, Mr Bamidele Akingbade, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the agency’s office in Umuahia, the state’s capital.

He explained that the operation was to make it impossible for the residents, especially the youths to indulge in violent behaviour before, during, and after the elections.

Mr Akingbade added that the action of the command was hinged on the premise that there was a thin line between violence, hence the necessity to nib the incessant sell and use of hard drugs so as to keep the atmosphere peaceful.

He revealed that some of the items seized during the operation include illicit drugs such as cocaine, 250/500mg tramadol, and eight locally made guns among others.

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Ozubulu Massacre: Fear Of New Narco-State Arise In Nigeria


In the early hours of a humid November morning, a 16-car convoy rolled into Obinugwu village in southeast Nigeria and stopped outside the iron gates of a non-descript house.

More than 50 drug enforcement officials crept through the compound and surrounded the methamphetamine lab hidden by overgrown jungle behind the property.

The bust happened just before daybreak. Dozens were arrested, including the suspected kingpin at his mansion in the nearby city of Owerri.

“It took one year of surveillance,” a National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officer, who was involved in the raid, told AFP. “They were all sleeping. We took them by surprise.”

Inside the lab there was 78 kilograms (171 pounds) of meth — a drug as notorious for its exhilarating highs as its life-destroying, addictive lows.

But the haul, worth tens of thousands of dollars, was not for domestic consumption.

Instead, it was probably destined for South Africa and Asia, investigators said.

Drug trafficking is nothing new to Nigeria, which has long been a transit point for cocaine and heroin going to Europe and North America.

The difference is that now Nigerians are producing the drugs.

With vast quantities of chemicals entering the country, porous borders and corrupt law enforcement, Nigeria is an ideal place to produce the drug.

Since the country’s first meth lab was discovered in 2011, authorities have found 14 more producing mass quantities of the stimulant, while seizures of the drug have jumped from 177 kilos in 2012 to 1,363 kilos in 2016.

“It (meth production) is on the increase, significantly on the increase. Meth today is a serious threat to Nigeria,” said Sunday Zirangey, NDLEA Special Enforcement Team commander.

“If this continues, Nigeria may turn into a narco-state.”

Glen Prichard, Nigeria project coordinator with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, agreed.

“Nigeria is potentially following the same footsteps as Mexico that led to instability, organised crime and an infiltrated government,” he added.

– Church massacre –

Reliable data on meth production in Nigeria is hard to come by and seizures are small compared with global giants Mexico and Myanmar.

But evidence on the ground points to a much larger industry.

Nigeria’s estimated need for the stimulant ephedrine, which is used as a medical decongestant, is 771 kilos, according to a US State Department report on international narcotics.

Yet Nigeria imports over eight tons a year, with the difference suspected of either being used to produce meth or trafficked elsewhere.

Despite the risks of arrest and even execution for traffickers in Asia, the profits are irresistible in a country where the minimum wage is just 18,000 naira ($50, 44 euros) a month.

A kilo of meth sells for $3,500 on the streets of Lagos but by the time it reaches South Africa it is worth $12,000 and $150,000 in Japan — and the stakes are rising.

Last year, the fight for control of the lucrative South African market more than 6,000 kilometres (3,700 miles) away came to St Philip’s Parish in Ozubulu, a village in the southeast Nigerian state of Anambra.

Thirteen people were shot dead in an apparent reprisal attack between Nigerian drug barons operating in Johannesburg.

Piles of trash line the dirt road leading to Ozubulu, where an endless stream of people hawk everything from adulterated fuel to plastic flip-flops.

But among the grinding poverty are huge villas with grand columns and intricate wrought iron gates — glaring anomalies in a region with epileptic power and disintegrating roads.

In August last year, unknown gunmen interrupted the 6:00 am Sunday mass in Ozubulu, hoping to kill Aloysius Nnamdi Ikegwuonu, a Johannesburg drugs kingpin known as “The Bishop”.

He wasn’t there but his father and a one-year-old child were among the victims. Details of the shooting remain clouded in secrecy.

“What we had is gunshots, sporadic and reckless shootings. That’s what I can say,” said parish priest Father Jude Onwuaso standing by the victims’ marble graves wearing a sky-blue cassock.

Ozubulu has made headlines for drugs before. In 2015, the NDLEA busted a meth lab belonging to Ikejiaku Sylvester Chukwunwendu, also known as “Blessed Benita”.

He was charged with meth production and trafficking in the village.

“He’s one of the biggest kingpins we’ve got,” said state prosecutor Lambert Nor, who said some of Chukwunwendu’s couriers had been executed in China for drug trafficking.

– Ideal conditions –
As the popular US television series “Breaking Bad” showed, meth can be made by almost everyone in their own kitchen if they have the right ingredients and background knowledge in chemistry.

Cocaine and heroin, on the other hand, are bigger-ticket enterprises. They require land dedicated to plantations and a specific climate to grow the crop.

But Nigerians were paying thousands of dollars a week to Mexicans, Colombians and Bolivians to teach them a new form of production that pumps out bigger, purer batches of meth.

Two years ago, Nigerian authorities arrested four Mexicans from Sinaloa, the epicentre of one of the world’s biggest drug trafficking cartels and birthplace of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“When you found labs before you always had Mexicans and Bolivians behind it but now the Nigerians are on their own and they do even better,” said Kayode Raji, NDLEA assistant commander in Imo State.

Experts fear that as production increases, meth will find a domestic market like in South Africa, where “tik” — as it’s known on the street — has been described as an “epidemic” and is the most abused drug in the Western Cape province.

But there is no easy way to stop the rise of meth in Nigeria.

“It will become uncontrollable unless decisive measures are taken,” said Nor, warning: “Otherwise what we have in Mexico will be a small thing compared to Nigeria.”


Man Killed As NDLEA Operatives Raid Kano LG

Man Killed As NDLEA Operatives Raid Kano LG


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have reportedly killed one man in Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State.

The victim was said to have been shot dead on Monday during a raid by the operatives of the agency around the popular Kantin Kwari Textile Market in the local government.

While there were claims that the victim was a drug dealer, eyewitnesses said he was hit by a stray bullet when one of the NDLEA officials who stormed the area in a Hilux van reportedly shot in the air.

However, the NDLEA Commander in Kano, Mr Hamza Adamu, told Channels Television that the operatives acted in self-defence following an attack by some hoodlums.

“My operatives were conducting a raid on a hideout near the popular Kantin Kwari Textile Market when confronted by the suspects and acted in self-defence,” he said.

“I have also instructed that the team be handed over to the police for further investigations.”

The Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command, Mr Magaji Majia, also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He added that normalcy has been restored in the area while the police have since launched an investigation into the incident.

“Under the authority of the Commissioner of Police, Rabi’u Yusuf, we sent a reinforcement to the NDLEA to restore order, but we have yet to take custody of the body until the NDLEA present the shooter to us,” Majia said.

Contrary to the report that the victim was a drug dealer, witnesses insisted that he was a trader within the textile market.

‘Over Two Million Bottles Of Codeine Consumed In Kano’

In the last three years, Kano State reportedly tops the list of the states with the highest rate of drug addiction in the country.

Codeine, a prescription pain medication used to treat mild or moderate pain is a drug which is abused by some youths in the state. It comes in tablet and syrup form and as the main ingredient in the prescription for cough suppressants.

Statistics by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said despite its efforts to stem the trend in the bud, two million bottles of codeine syrup and thousands of kilograms of narcotics are reportedly being consumed daily in Kano State.

The statistics also revealed that most of the drug users are young boys and girls between the age of 16 and 25 and they are linked to several crimes committed under the influence of drugs.

How to end the menace has been a topic of discussion by industrial pharmacists of Nigeria, vigilante groups and members of police community in Kano State.

Speaking with Channels Television, the Police PRO in Kano State, Magaji Majia believes that efforts by the police are quelling the crisis.

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“If we compare last year and first quarter of this year, it shows that the influx of the drugs has really been reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.

Community-based organisations in the state are also trying to keep young people in the state away from drugs with the state government setting up a committee on drug abuse.

The Commandant of NDLEA, Hamza Umar, however, thinks more efforts are needed to reduce the menace and a rehabilitation center for victims of drug abuse.

“We don’t have enough of those apparatus, those things needed to fully combat the abuse,” he said.

Some suspected drug barons have been arrested by security operatives while some deadly locations inhabited by drug peddlers in Kano State have been cleared. It is the hope of many residents that the increased trend of drug abuse in the state will, therefore, become a thing of the past.