Kogi state Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that it arrested 103 suspects and made a total seizure of 1,447.594 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in 2019.
Commander of the NDLEA in Kogi state, Mr Alfred Adewumi, disclosed this on Monday at a press conference in Lokoja to highlight the agency’s Counter-Drugs measures and activities in the state.
Adewumi said while 11 hectares of cannabis sativa plantation was destroyed in Igolijo, a community on the boundary of Kogi and Enugu States,18 tons of hard drugs worth millions of Naira were also destroyed in April, 2019.
The Commander revealed that out of the 103 suspected drug offenders arrested and prosecuted, 14 person including two females were convicted and sentenced to various terms in prison.
Other cases, according to him, are at various levels of trial at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, while the Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the command counseled 33 drug users, treated and rehabilitated six victims.
Adewumi said that while the command was celebrating the removal of huge quantity of drugs from circulation and thereby promoting the health and well-being of the people, drug barons were unrelenting in their deadly business.
“I therefore use this opportunity to call on governments, families, religious bodies, educational institutions, the Judiciary and other stakeholders to join hands with the agency to halt the potentially worrisome increase in the number of drug victims, especially women and children”, the Commander said.
He also reminded the people of the state of the existence of a functional drug rehabilitation centre in Lokoja saying that the centre was adequately equipped to deal with drug dependency concerns.
“Because we recognise that drugs drive most criminal activities, I wish to restate our resolve to continue to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the merchants of death and make our state and society safe and secure”, Adewumi added.
The Commander also noted that the Agency had keyed into the Federal Government’s declaration of State of Emergency on the drug situation saying that time had come to overcome distractions over prejudices and stigmatization that could deprive victims from seeking help.
“The sustained support of the government of Kogi state to the NDLEA will surely provide the needed fillip to combat the drug menace in the state”, he added.
Adewumi commended the effective synergy existing between security agencies in the state as well as the Media for the cooperation and collaboration that accounted for the successes.
Gana Killing: Shehu Sani Condemns Military Action, Gives Reason Why The Surrendered Benue Most Wanted Criminal Shouldn’t Be Killed
Former Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the murder of Terwase Akwase, Benue’s most wanted criminal in the State.
Shehu Sani said it was wrong to kill the criminal even after he surrendered to the armed forces.
Recall that on Thursday the Nigerian Army confirmed the murder of Akwaza in Benue State, also known as Gana.
During a gun battle with soldiers along Gbese-Gboko-Makurdi road on Tuesday, Gana was killed.
The Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa State, Maj. -Gen confirming the incident. Moundhey Ali said the military gunned down Gana at an army-mounted roadblock.
Speaking to reporters, Ali said 40 armed Gana gang members were also captured during the operation.
He disclosed that the gang had recovered several rifles, pump-action guns, ammunition, charms, and explosives among other items.
Gana’s corpse was deposited in an undisclosed mortuary, he said.
This was after Gana had previously surrendered to the Government of the Benue State after an amnesty program extended to criminals.
But Sani, a prominent member of the 9th Assembly and former member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said in reaction to the development that, “To ‘kill’ a person who ‘surrendered’ would discourage others from surrendering.”
Military Intercepts 86 Members Of ‘ Darul Salaam ‘ Islamic Sects In Kogi
Military troops of ‘Operation Nut Cracker’ has intercepted 86 persons suspected to be family members of ‘Darul Salam’ Islamic sect members along Kpareke-Koton-Karfe Road in Kogi State on Thursday. Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects fled Uttu forest general area due to the ongoing military offensive on 3 September 2020.
The Coordinator also disclosed that 20 Sara Suka members and 35 criminals were apprehended in Plateau State during different raids. Eneche said all the arrested suspects are being profiled after which they will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action. The Coordinator also confirmed that on 8 September 2020, troops of Operation Ayem Akpatuma III killed Benue’s notorious and most wanted criminal Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana, during an encounter with troops around Gboko in Benue State. Eneche added that 40 members of the militia’s gang were also captured alongside arms and ammunition. But, the Coordinator declined further comments on the circumstances surrounding the extrajudicial killing of Gana, who was killed after reportedly embracing the Amnesty programme of the Benue State government. Giving further updates on the activities of the armed forces, Enenche said in North West region, troops killed 6 bandits, arrested one bandit informant and two bandits couriers with the sum of N1,565,550.00 during various operations.
The Coordinator noted that a bandit surrendered 3 AK 47 rifles, one SMG and 2 magazines. This, he said is in addition to various airstrikes targeted at identified bandits hideouts where several were killed boosting the confidence of the people in carrying out their human activities. READ Monday Juice: Originality of Destiny In the North-East zone, Enenche said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole killed 7 Boko Haram Terrorists arrested and cleared several ISWAP structures.
He added that the troops rescued 7 kidnapped victims comprising 2 women and 5 children and recovered one gun truck, 2 AK 47 rifles, one Dushka AA Gun, one PKT gun and one MG.
South African Actress Thandeka Mdeliswa Was Reported Shot Dead
Fans and loved ones of South African actress Thandeka Mdeliswa have been left in mourning after the screen star was shot dead.
The actress who is best known for her starring role as Khanya in the SABC 1 drama series Ikani is reported to have been shot at her family home in Evander, Mpumalanga.
It is gathered she had walked in on an argument between her older brother and two men on Thursday, September 3.
The argument turned violent and one of the men is said to have grabbed a gun from his friend and shot Thandeka.
She was rushed to the hospital where she later gave up the ghost.
In a statement released yesterday, her family said:
“It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing on of our dearest daughter.
“She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga on Thursday 3 September 2020. She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilised then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the 5th September 2020 (Saturday).”
The family described the 27-year-old as “a young, talented and inspirational actress which her family and community were looking to see flourish”.
“The brutality which was inflicted on our daughter has left us deeply hurt. This is another incident of violence against women (Gender Based Violence) which our country has to fight against. We believe that justice will be served,” the statement said.
The police have identified the owner of the gun as Hlathi and also appealed for information regarding the star’s tragic death.
The police said in a statement that they are currently investigating the matter and no arrest has been made. The statement read;
“We are currently investigating this matter and we have not arrested anyone. recently, we brought the owner of the gun to book and we were advised to get the person who pulled the trigger. We are busy with our investigation. Anyone with information that can assist should approach the Evander Police Station or any police station around.”
SABC conveyed its condolences to her family, adding it was even more disturbed by news reports that her death came as a result of gunshot wounds in an apparent gender-based violence incident.
“The South African television industry has indeed been robbed of a young, talented and promising life, violently and senselessly taken away from our society in its prime.”
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