NDLEA Siezes 313,369 Kg Of Drugs, Destroys 26 Hectares Of Cannabis In Kogi
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kogi state command, has disclosed that a total weight of 313,368.8 kilogram of illicit drugs was seized, while 26 hectares of cannabis plantation was destroyed last year in Kogi state.
Kogi state Commander of NDLEA, Mr. Alfred Kayode Adewumi, who disclosed this on Monday while briefing the press on the performance of the agency in the year 2020, also said a total of 174 suspects were arrested among whom were 12 females.
He said with the concerted efforts of the Officers and men of the command, the wrongly held impression that Kogi state is a drug transit point has been dispelled and just a mere myth sustained for so long because of the state’s strategic location between the North and Southern parts of the country as well as its sharing borders with ten states and the federal capital territory, some of which are notorious for being major cultivation and production centres.
“NDLEA is at war with the drug dealers who as callous merchants of deaths profiteers from decimation of society, ruination of families and truncating of potentials, wherever they function in the unholy chain of illicit drug cultivation, production, manufacturing, trafficking and dealings, must be seen as enemies of the society who must be stopped.
“Therefore upon arrest and conclusion of investigation, they are prosecuted so that the courts will put them away in jail. ” Commander Adewumi said.
According to him, the command has secured 15 convictions, while 17 other cases are still pending in courts adding that where it was possible to trace and connect any of their assets to drugs ,were seized as some vehicles have been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, while some others are still under interim forfeiture.
He explained that 126 drug dependants due to abuse of the substance, who are considered sick persons,have undergone physiological or psychological intervention to rescue them from precipice of destruction
Mr. Adewumi, while assuring the people of state of NDLEA’s commitment and unrelenting in ensuring their good reputation, enjoined them to continue the cordial relationship and cooperation with the agency to trash the unscrupulous activities of the minority holding the society to Ransome
The Commander therefore commended Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for giving NDLEA the opportunity to complement the efforts of the government to make the state safe and secure.
He equally appreciated the contributions and assistance of state government officials, the traditional institutions, religious leaders and leaders and members of non governmental organisations for providing enabling atmosphere to function.
“I must specially and particularly to express profound gratitude to the members of the fourth real of the estate in Kogi state, the mass media for partnering with us and allowing us to leverage on their influence to reach different communities with our campaign against drug abuse”, Adewumi stated.
He also thanked the military, security and law enforcement agencies as well as all Federal establishments for their wonderful synergy with NDLEA in its fight against drug trafficking and abuse in the state.
While hailing President Buhari for appointing Brigadier General Buba Marwa as the new Chairman of NDLEA, the Commander noted with high spirit that there is hope as new altitudes of impetus have been provoked and driven adrenalin level for performance for officers and men of the agency and advised that the proper and effective work tools be provided.
NDLEA Nab Suspected Drug Syndicate Who Imports Sophisticated Drugs baked In Cakes, Biscuits For Elites In Lagos
The Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has nabbed Samuel Ebenezer, the leader of a syndicate that specializes in importing edibles and other confections (laced with drugs) for the elites in Lagos State.
NDLEA recorded the breakthrough when its operatives raided some drug spots in Agege, Ikorodu, Lekki, Okokomaiko and other parts of the state; destroyed major drug syndicates, arrested suspects and seized large quantities of hard drugs.
According to NDLEA, “One of the drug syndicates burst during the raids is coordinated by one Samuel Ebenezer in Lekki.
“His cartel imports special sophisticated drugs baked in cakes, biscuits and cookies from the United States and sells to the rich and affluent people in Lekki and Lagos Island.”
During the raids, 90 suspects including an Indian were arrested, while over 614 kg of various types of drugs were seized.
While parading the suspects the Lagos State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Ralph Igwenagu, explained that “The breakdown of the seizures is as follows:
“Cannabis Sativa 577.020 kg; Cocaine 0.183kg, Heroine 0.003 kg, Tramadol 36.202kg (7,697) tablets, Rohypnol 0.208kg (646) tablets, Diazapam 0.462kg (2066) tablets, Exol-5 0.52kg (316) tablets, making a total of 614.396kg of different types of hard drugs seized.” The haul included a container-load of tramadol the agency intercepted at the Apapa seaport.
Lamentations In Northern Nigeria As Bandits Strike, Abduct Over 300 School Girls In Zamfara
At least 300 schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be bandit.
A staff of the school, who begged for anonymity, said the bandits arrived in the school around 1am on Friday with Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and forcefully evacuated the students.
He narrated that some of the bandits were in uniforms and pretended to be security personnel, then later broke into the students hostels and abducted more than 300 students.
“When they came into the school, we thought they were security personnel but to our utmost fear and dismay, they started putting the girls into Hilux vehicles and motorcycles then drove out of the school,” the source said, adding that the bandits were in the school for several hours without any challenge due to absence of the security agents.
A parent of one of the girls, who gave his name as Malam Lawal Jangebe, said, “I nearly fainted when I heard about the abduction of the students including my daughter.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu confirmed the development.
“We are right now on our way going to the school where the incident happened.”
Shehu said that, the police would brief the press when they returned from Jangebe town where the students were abducted.
The Zamfara abduction occurred some eight days after gunmen kidnapped dozens of students and workers of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State
Exposed: Kidnappers, Bandits Now Request For Drugs As Ransom – NDLEA Boss, Marwa Lament
Chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa has revealed that kidnappers and armed bandits now request for drugs as ransom
Speaking at the inauguration of the Special Purpose Committee of the NDLEA, Marwa said the issue of drug abuse was gradually becoming a problem in the country.
He further revealed that the recent development was a contributing factor to the increased criminal activities in the country.
“Unfortunately, drug use does not show in the face, so you won’t know if your next-door neighbour is using drugs.
“We now have an increase in criminal acts starting with kidnapping, insurgency, and banditry. Now it has upgraded to rape and assassinations.
“Behind it all is drug use. Criminals all use drugs, even kidnappers now ask for ransom in drugs and until we get to the root of the problem, these criminals will continue to flourish,” he said
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