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ICPC arraigns varsity staff over N9.9m contract fraud



By Ogaga Ariemu

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a Web Programmer II of the University of Ilorin, Mr. Alanamu Zubair Olayemi, for alleged contract fraud and abuse of office.

This was contained in a statement released to Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper by the Commission’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua on Tuesday.

In a Charge No: KWS/53C/2022 brought before Hon. Justice Adenike Akinpelu of Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, ICPC accused the university staff of holding an indirect private interest in a contract awarded to Global-Wise ICT Solutions and Technology Limited of which he was the sole signatory to the company’s bank account.

The Commission, therefore, in a 2-count charge preferred against the accused person, informed the court of how the public servant used his position to confer corrupt advantage upon himself as the beneficial owner of Global-Wise ICT Solutions & Technology Limited, in which account the contract sum of N9,950,800.00 was paid.

The said contract sum was meant for the provision of basic and extended portal services.

His actions are contrary to, and punishable under sections 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

When the charges were read to the defendant, he entered a “not guilty” plea.

His counsel, Salman Jawando, then prayed the court to grant his client bail which was not opposed by the prosecution counsel.

The trial Judge therefore admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N2,000,000.00 and two sureties in the like sum. The surety must be a blood relation and a responsible resident within the jurisdiction of the court, with evidence of ownership of landed property and Affidavit of means.

The case has been adjourned to 15th November 2022, for commencement of hearing.


Police arrest SSA, accomplice for diverting palliative in Kano



Kano State Police have apprehended Tasiu Al’amin-Roba, a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Cabinet office, and his accomplice, Abdulkadir Muhammad, for their involvement in diverting the state’s palliatives.

The Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Gumel, confirmed the arrests during a telephone interview on Sunday.

The suspects were caught at a warehouse in Sharada, where they were repackaging rice and maize. Over 200 empty bags were found at the scene.

“We have since commenced intensive investigation to find out how many bags of maize or rice were repackaged and sold,” he said.

Gumel said that the two suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of discreet investigations.

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NDLEA foils drug syndicates’ attempt to export illicit substances disguised as jeans trousers, dolls



…Uncovers Methamphetamine concealed in buttons

…Intercepts vehicle transporting 8,000 bottles of codeine syrup

…Busts drug operation in Delta, seizes 542.3kg of cannabis

By Sodiq Adelakun and Fatai Kasali

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has successfully foiled attempts by drug syndicates to smuggle illicit substances through courier firms in Lagos.

The agency’s operatives discovered methamphetamine and opioids hidden in various items such as new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap, and tins of milo beverage. The drugs were intended to be exported to Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Asia. The NDLEA’s Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) intercepted several consignments at courier houses in Lagos.

These included tramadol 225mg concealed in the hems of new jeans trousers destined for Cyprus, cannabis sativa hidden in the heads of dolls bound for Dubai, sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage heading to the UAE, and another shipment of the same drug hidden in local soap also destined for the UAE.

Additionally, a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons was intercepted en route to Hong Kong. In another operation, the NDLEA intercepted a shipment of illicit substances originating from Florida, USA, at a courier firm. The recipient, Daniel Ogi, was tracked by NDLEA officers and subsequently arrested at his residence on 5 Akeem Shittu Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos, on November 24th, 2023.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

Announcing the interceptions and seizures made by the NDLEA, Babafemi disclosed that NDLEA operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries. He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.

Babafemi also announced that the agency, similarly in another operation in Lagos, operatives recovered 393kg of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin, on Friday, December 1st, while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday, December 1st, with 154 parcels weighing 92kg.

He added that a team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kg of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos.

Making further disclosures, he said, “In Edo, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 29th November stormed the Ujiogba forest, Esan West LGA where they recovered 5,988 kilograms of cannabis already processed and ready for distribution while a 22-year-old, Mson Bunde, (a.k.a Tete Peter Joseph) found in a hut on the cannabis farm was arrested.

“No less than 120,000 capsules of tramadol concealed in new sound systems packed in a Jos, Plateau state-bound bus were seized by NDLEA officers acting on intelligence along Onitsha-Awka road, Anambra state on Monday 27th Nov. While 123 blocks of cannabis weighing 73kg were recovered from a suspect, Abdullahi Muhammad Bello along Gombe-Bauchi road, Gombe state on Wednesday 29th Nov, operatives in Abuja seized 168 blocks of same psychoactive substance with a total weight of 101kgs from the store of a fleeing drug dealer in Kabusa area of the FCT.

“No fewer than 8,000 bottles of codeine syrup were recovered by NDLEA operatives on Friday 1st December when they intercepted a vehicle transporting the opioid along Abuja- Kaduna road, with the driver, Shamsu Isiyaku and his conductor, Muhammad Maina arrested. Same day, operatives also arrested Ernest Esechie, 30, with 44.4 kilograms of compressed cannabis sativa along Gwantu- Sanga road, Kaduna.

“In Kogi, NDLEA officers arrested Ahmad Umar, 18, with 46.4kg cannabis at a checkpoint in Kabba, while Jamilu Zakari, 32, was nabbed at Kofar Idi, Kandahar, Bauchi town, Bauchi state with 125 blocks of same substance that weighed 146kg. At least, 542.3kg of cannabis were recovered from a suspect, Festus Egeogoli, 32, when his base at Jakpa road, Warri, Delta state was raided by NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, 29th Nov, while 125.9kg of same substance were also seized from a store in the same area.”

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reported the seizure of over 2,050 kilograms of illicit drugs in various operations across nine states in Nigeria.

The drugs seized include cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and tramadol. The Director of Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, disclosed that the operations were carried out by the Lagos, Edo, Anambra, Gombe, FCT, Kaduna, Kogi, Bauchi, and Delta Commands of the Agency, as well as the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI).

Babafemi also revealed that 192 drug offenders were arrested during the operations, and that the Agency had intensified its advocacy lectures on drug demand reduction, in addition to its drug supply reduction activities.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the various commands for their outstanding feats in the past week, and applauded their efforts in intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures.

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NDLEA seizes 8 tons of Indian hemp, 8,000 bottles of codeine in 8 states



NDLEA seized at least eight tons of Indian hemp and 8,000 bottles of codeine in raids in Edo, Delta, Bauchi, Kaduna, Gombe, Kogi Anambra and the FCT in the last one week.

Its spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated on Sunday in Abuja that operatives stormed Ujiogba Forest in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo on Wednesday, Nov. 29 where they recovered 5,988kg of Indian hemp.

He added that a 22-year-old, Mson Bunde, also known as Tete Peter Joseph, found in a hut on the Indian hemp farm was arrested.

He stated also that at least 120,000 capsules of tramadol were seized by NDLEA officers on Nov. 27.

The drugs, Babafemi added, were concealed in electronic music equipment loaded in a Jos-bound bus, but were intercepted on the Onitsha-Awka Highway in Anambra.

“One hundred-and-twenty-three blocks of Indian hemp weighing 73kg were recovered from a suspect, Abdullahi Bello on Gombe-Bauchi Road in Gombe State on Nov. 29.

“Operatives in Abuja also seized 168 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 101kgs from the store of a fleeing drug dealer in Kabusa area of the FCT,’’ Babafemi stated.

He added that at least 8,000 bottles of codeine syrup were intercepted in a vehicle on the Abuja- Kaduna Road on Dec. 1 and the driver, Shamsu Isiyaku and his conductor, Muhammad Maina were arrested.

He stated also that NDLEA operatives arrested one Ernest Esechie (30) with 44.4kg of Indian hemp on Gwantu-Sanga Road, Kaduna State also on Dec. 1.

In Kogi, NDLEA officers arrested Ahmad Umar (18) with 46.4kg of Indian hemp at a check point in Kabba.

In Bauchi, the officers arrested one Jamilu Zakari (32) at Kofar Idi with 125 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 146kg.

On Nov. 29, NDLEA operatives recovered 542.3kg of Indian hemp from a suspect, Festus Egeogoli (32) when his base at Jakpa Road, Warri, Delta, was raided.

Another 542.3kg of Indian hemp was seized from a store in the area, Babafemi stated.

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