The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 10 suspected online drug traffickers with 107 kilogrammes of cocaine in Abuja, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
In a statement, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the arrest followed fresh raids in the nation’s capital, adding that a young lady and her boyfriend as well as eight others were apprehended, and assorted drugs recovered from them.
The first suspect, 28-year-old Ese Patrick, said to be selling her illicit substances through Instagram account; Ese’sOvenSecret, was tracked and arrested with some pieces of brownies ordered online by NDLEA’s undercover agents, on May 2 and delivered by herself and her boyfriend in a Mercedes Benz car.
“A follow up operation at her residence led to the seizure of 400 grams of Arizona weed, which she uses in baking the brownies,” the statement partly read.
“Further investigation led to the arrest of one Iyama Patrick, with 450 grams of Arizona weed. He supplies Ese the cannabis she uses.”
Similarly, a motorcycle belonging to a courier company, Sky Port was abandoned by a despatch rider in Wuse Zone 4 upon sighting NDLEA’s outpost in the area.
According to the NDLEA spokesman, the motorcycle was later found to contain several pinches of cocaine and some envelopes of Arizona meant for delivery.
In another raid, an online drug trafficker, Peter Nkejika was nabbed on May 24 following an arrest of a dispatch rider with some quantity of Loud, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis. Each portion of Loud costs N30, 000 and the rider was caught with 17 portions for delivery.
NDLEA operatives had also on Tuesday intercepted two online drug transactions and arrested two dispatch riders with some quantities of cocaine and Loud already packaged for delivery recovered from them.
In all, five dispatch riders and a lady, Dolapo Benjamin who owns motorcycles involved in door-to-door distribution of drugs and drug based edibles; cakes and brownies were arrested while six dispatch motorcycles involved in door-to-door drug distribution were seized.
Also seized from them were assorted drugs; Cocaine, Crack /Challie, Molly/ Ecstasy, Skunk, Brownies and Loud, which is the most expensive psychoactive variant of cannabis in town.
“In a related development, on the 27th May 2021, operatives intercepted 30 compressed parcels of cannabis, heading to Ningi, Bauchi state, as well as Rohypnol and Tramadol meant for the FCT,” the statement added.
“The drugs weighing 105.5 kilograms were seized along Gwagwalada- Abuja road, in a luxury bus. Three persons were arrested in connection with the exhibits, while two more dispatch motorcycles were seized with some quantities of cocaine and cannabis on Saturday, May 29 as the raids across the FCT intensify.
“Meanwhile, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) of the agency have intercepted 445 grams of Methamphetamine going to New Zealand and concealed inside USB chargers and hair attachments, with another 450 grams of cannabis sativa going to UAE and concealed inside local soap containers at a courier company in Lagos.
“In the same vein, 125 grams of heroin concealed inside academic thesis books was seized at another firm while 2kg of cannabis sativa hidden inside tractor’s balloon was intercepted at another courier company also in Lagos.”
While reacting to the arrests, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) directed the FCT Command of the Agency to immediately embark on stop and search of commercial dispatch riders across the nation’s capital city to curb the online drug trafficking trend in the FCT.
He also commended the FCT Commander of the agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, his officers and men for the recent successes and sustaining the offensive against the latest trend in illicit drug trafficking in the nation’s seat of power.
The NDLEA boss also praised officers and men of DOGI for their vigilance and commitment to work.
Police operatives in Benue State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers and recovered the bodies of four victims.
Anene Catherine, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Thursday.
She explained that the suspects were part of a 10-man gang of kidnappers who escaped from the Sankara area of the state.
According to the command’s spokesperson, police detectives trailed the fleeing persons and arrested eight of them in Osun State, and brought them back to Benue for further investigation.
She noted that the suspects, on Monday, opted to lead police detectives to Tavachan forest in Mbamon in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue where they buried their slain victims.
Upon arriving at the scene, Catherine disclosed that a deep well and a shallow grave were found in the forest with decomposed bodies of the suspects’ victims.
“Suspects confessed that some of the victims died due to inability to survive the trauma of being held hostage while others were killed for not paying the required ransom.
“Two of the suspects also confessed to have killed their wives for making attempt to expose their nefarious acts. Four corpses were exhumed for autopsy while an investigation into the case is ongoing to enable the arrest of suspects at large and unravel more facts about the case,” said the command’s spokesperson.
She noted that the police have continued to gain victory over banditry in the state, particularly the Sankara axis.
Within the last two weeks, Catherine stated that operatives deployed in Sankara dislodged bandits’ camps and recovered arms and ammunition.
She added that the suspects have been arrested and charged to court while normalcy has been restored in various markets within the area.
The police have arrested two persons – Mohammed Adamu and Mohammed Isa – alleged to be collaborating with suspected bandits in Taraba State, north-east Nigeria.
Adamu and Isa were said to have collected cartons of beer, cigarette, and recharge cards worth over four million naira from the family of their victim.
They were paraded along with their collaborators on Thursday by Adenirun Kunle, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department in the state.
“On 15/03/2021 at about 08:00hrs, through credible information, a combined team of policemen and vigilante group, led by the Divisional Police officer (DPO) Bali, stormed kidnappers’ hideout along Donga-Takum Road,” the DCP said in a statement.
He added, “During the successful operation, the operational team arrested one Aiki Rubuchi ‘m’ 20-year-old and Adamu Haruna ‘m 19-year-old of Bali LGA and Takum LGA respectively and recovered three locally-made SMG rifle with two magazines, one locally made pistol, and five rounds of 9mm live ammunition.”
One Yerima Haruna was also paraded for impersonating a former lawmaker, Senator Joel Ikenya, to defraud some prominent persons in the North.
Some of the suspect’s victims included a former lawmaker from Adamawa South senatorial district, Senator Yaro Binos, as well as the Emir of Old Muri Emirate, Abdullahi Chiroma.
Kunle noted that the suspect was arrested following a complaint to the Commissioner of Police in Taraba by Senator Ikenya.
“Operatives of the bureau swung into action, one Yerima Haruna, 43-year-old of Lau LGA in Taraba, was arrested in connection with the crime and he voluntarily confessed.
“Meanwhile, one Alhaji Yusuf and Mansur are still at large and investigation is still in progress,” he added.
The police officer said the suspects would be charged to court after diligent investigation and unravelling of all facts against them.
He also called for more cooperation from the residents by providing useful information that would assist the police in tackling criminal activities in Taraba State.
The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 57 suspected internet fraudsters at their hotel hideouts and recovered two pump action rifles.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the suspects were arrested on Friday at four different hotels in Ilaro town in Ogun State.
He explained that the operation followed actionable intelligence linking the suspects to alleged fraudulent activities, ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretences, and other cybercrimes.
Four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, two rifles, and several incriminating documents were recovered from them.
The suspects include Olatunji Opeyemi, Akintunde Oluwashola, Babatunde Gbolahan, Emmanuel Oluwadamliare, Ogundare Adewunmi, Popoola Salmon, Adebayo Olamilekan, Bakare Kudus, Michael Moyosoro, and Olatunji Tosin.
The police in Zamfara State have rescued eight kidnapped victims at Gidan Barga and Dangajeru villages in Tsafe and Talata Mafara local government areas of the state, while also arresting 22 suspected criminals.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, disclosed this during a press conference at the Command Headquarters in Gusau on Saturday.
Yaro explained that the 22 suspects were arrested for various crimes bordering on banditry, murder and car theft committed at different parts of the state.
He also said the efforts of police operatives resulted in the recovery of some weapons from suspected bandits.
“Our efforts in the last three weeks further yielded another substantial result in the recovery of one AK-47 rifle with two magazines and 18 rounds of live ammunition in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State,” the police boss said.
“That exactly happened on January 15, 2021 when the DPO Shinkafi in collaboration with leaders of the repentant bandits in that community facilitated the unconditional surrender of one AK-47 magazine with two magazines and 18 live ammunition.”
According to the commissioner, the successes were recorded from December 24, 2020 to January 14 by police operatives to flush out criminals Zamfara State.
The Ogun State Police Command has paraded about 45 suspected criminals including a 35-year-old mother of two arrested for human trafficking.
Parading the suspects which include rapists, armed robbery suspects, cultists among others, the state commissioner of police, Edward Ajogun said 113 armed robbery, 227 suspected cultists, 24 suspected kidnappers were arrested in the last six months while 1,139 suspects are undergoing prosecution
Seeking more collaboration and synergy with other security agencies and residents, the commissioner, however, promised tougher times for criminals in the state
The arrest of the 35-year-old mother of two, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, followed a report by one Oluwaseun Aduratola and one Sakirat Fasasi both residents of Siun town in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state who reported at Owode Egba police station that the suspect abducted their teenage daughters.
“The suspect who is a notorious human trafficker is about taking the two girls to Libya where they will be forced into prostitution,” he said on Thursday.
He said that On the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode Egba division, Mathew Ediae, quickly swung into action with his detectives and through intelligence-driven investigation; they succeeded in arresting the suspect.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed been a human trafficker and that she has been into the business for a long time.
“She confessed further that her husband is based in Italy while she stays in Nigeria recruiting young girls and send them to her husband in Italy, enroute Libya where they will be used as prostitutes,” the police spokesman explained.
According to Oyeyemi, the two girls she recently abducted had been taken to Kaduna State from where they will be transported to Libya.
But stating her own side of the story, the suspect, Comfort Innocent, denied any wrongdoing, saying that she was only trying to help the two victims
“I did not engage in human trafficking. I was only trying to help because those two girls always coming for financial assistance that is why I introduced them to one of my friends who told me that she needed girls for her hairdressing job,” she said.
“That was what she told me, I did not know that she has another motive. I am a petty trader; I have a shop in Owode where I sell provisions.”
She, however, appealed to the police authority in the state to allow her to see her nine-month-old boy whom she saw last when she was arrested for the alleged crime.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.
The police boss also appealed to parents to always be mindful of their children well-being, especially the female ones in order to save them from those he regarded as wolves in human skins.
Sixty-six suspected criminals comprising of kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers, gunrunners, bandit collaborators, and informants have been arrested by the personnel of the Nigerian Army Four Special Forces Command.
The suspects were paraded on Wednesday by the Commander, Major General Moundhey Gadzama Ali, at the command’s headquarters at Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
Ali said that the command has carried out operations in the North West, North East, and North Central, South-South, South West regions of the country after receiving credible information which led to the rest of several bandits and the killing of some gun runners.
He added that among the suspects, 41 of them are members of the late Benue militia leader, Terwase alias Gana, which also included his Chief Priest, Ugba Iorlumun.
“We have operated in Borno, Yobe, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger amongst other places. In Benue, we have arrested the Chief Priest of the late Criminal Terwase alias Gana, one of his men called ‘ Commander’s among others and razed the Shrine. While another criminal, Paul Duguma died in Katsina-Ala,” he said.
“In Niger State, Special Forces with 31 Artillery and the Nigerian Airforce, we neutralized kidnappers, destroyed the dens of Alhaji Damina, while the kidnappers killed each other due to rivalry between the camps of Alhaji Kawuwajo and Zagalo in Kamfanin Wayo, a boundary Village between Niger and Kaduna State.”
Speaking further, the Commander regretted that seven personnel were killed during Operation Nut Cracker II, carried out in Kamfanin Bobi, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State where nine bandits were killed.
While reiterated the resolve of the command to ensure safety, the Commander said: “I want to assure you that we will continue to do our best to ensure the safety of all law-abiding citizens of this great nation.
“I urge all law-abiding citizens not to be intimidated by these criminals in providing actionable intelligence that will help the command to rid these troubled areas of bandits, terrorists, and their collaborators.”
The Enugu State Police Command has rearrested five suspected criminals that escaped from police custody.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe.
He stated that the police authorities were on the trail of the remaining 12 suspects still at large, noting that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad AbdurRahman, ordered an immediate discreet investigation into the matter.
“The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the State, that on 20/12/2020 at about 2130hrs a total of seventeen (17) suspects, mostly remanded in Police Custody by the Court for different offences, escaped from the Command’s State CID’s Cell after breaking the Cell’s key and resisting efforts of personnel on duty to restrain them. However, five (5) of them have been re-arrested,” the statement partly read.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman FIPCDS, FICMC, FCAI, MNIM has ordered an immediate discreet investigation and intense search to re-arrest the remaining twelve (12) escapees.
“He also directs the commencement of investigation to determine the culpability and punishment of any personnel found wanting during the unwarranted incidence. He further warns that such unbecoming lapses on the part of the personnel of the Command will not be tolerated.”
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ESCAPE OF SUSPECTS FROM POLICE CUSTODY: CP DIRECTS INTENSE INVESTIGATION AND RE-ARREST OF FLEEING DETAINEES; ENJOINS CITIZENS TO ASSIST THE POLICE WITH CREDIBLE INFORMATION
The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the State, that on 20/12/2020 at about 2130hrs a total of seventeen (17) suspects, mostly remanded in Police Custody by the Court for different offences, escaped from the Command’s State CID’s Cell after breaking the Cell’s key and resisting efforts of personnel on duty to restrain them. However, five (5) of them have been re-arrested.
Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad AbdurRahman FIPCDS, FICMC, FCAI, MNIM has ordered an immediate discreet investigation and intense search to re-arrest the remaining twelve (12) escapees. He also directs the commencement of investigation to determine the culpability and punishment of any personnel found wanting during the unwarranted incidence. He further warns that such unbecoming lapses on the part of the personnel of the Command will not be tolerated.
In addition, the Commissioner has convened an emergency meeting of all Management Team members, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Departments and directed them to deploy all the Command’s personnel and operational assets to emplace adequate security and ensure hitch-free movements and celebrations during the Christmas and New Year season.
To this end, the CP, while reassuring commitment to provide adequate security during this festive season, has called on residents of the State and the general public to assist the Command with credible information that will lead to the re-arrest of the twelve (12) fleeing detainees.
Meanwhile, residents of the State and members of the public have been enjoined to promptly volunteer such information or report any person(s) suspected to be the escapees at the nearest Police Station or by calling the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172; or via email on: [email protected]
A military special task force, Operation Safe Haven has arrested 33 suspects after conducting a series of raid operations on criminals and cultists’ hideouts in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Parading the suspects on Friday at the Operation Safe Haven Headquarters in Jos, the Commander of the Task Force, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the suspects were arrested at various locations within the metropolis where the activities of cultists have been on the rise in recent times.
According to him, the suspects have been tormenting the people in Terminus market, Rwang Pam street, Rochas building, Ahmadu Bello way and Agwan Rukuba all in in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
Similarly, personnel of the Task Force engaged a gang of armed robbers along with road Angul D- Maraban Jamma in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.