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Lagos Court sentence three men for illicit drug trafficking

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By Adeyanju Esther

On Monday, a Federal High Court in Lagos convicted and sentenced three men for illegal drug trafficking.

Justice Kehinde Ogundare handed down a three-year prison sentence to Kazeem Mustapha, Andrew Ukelere, and Anthony Chinemerem.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arraigned the trio on a two-count charge of drug trafficking, to which they pleaded guilty.

After reviewing the case’s facts and with NDLEA counsel Ms. Ifeoma Erondu presenting several exhibits, the court found the evidence supporting the prosecution’s case compelling.

Consequently, the judge convicted the three men based on their guilty pleas and the evidence presented.

The judge admitted the exhibits in evidence and convicted them. He sentenced Mustapha and Ukelere to two years imprisonment with an option of N250, 000 fine, each, on count one.

On count two, the judge sentenced Mustapha and Chinemerem to one year imprisonment with an option of a N100,000 fine, each.

He directed that the terms of imprisonment run concurrently while the fines should be cumulative.

According to NDLEA, the convicts committed the offences on March 19 on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The agency said Mustapha and Ukelere illegally trafficked 13.9kg of Tramadol, adding that Mustapha and Chinemerem trafficked 590 litres of Pentazocine.

Drug trafficking contravenes Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act of 2004.

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Police condemn killing of vigilante, two others in Anambra

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Police condemn killing of vigilante, two others in AnambraThe Police Command in Anambra has condemned the killing of a vigilante commander and two others as well as the abduction of one person by unidentified gunmen in Nnewi Hotel on Monday.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP IkechukwuIkenga, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday in Onitsha, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP NnagheItam, had ordered an immediate manhunt for the fleeing armed men.

Ikenga said that the gunmen operated in a red Highlander SUV and abducted a resident in Nnewi at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

He said that the police trailed the gunmen to Nnobi, in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state where they engaged security operatives in a gun battle.

Ikenga said that during the gun duel, one of the security operatives was fatally hit by a bullet from the hoodlums.

“In an attempt to escape the scene, the bullet also fatally struck two innocent passersby in the area.

“The police response team at the scene recovered the bodies of the victims and took them to the hospital.

“Regrettably, three of the victims, including a 22-year-old lady, were confirmed dead by the doctors on duty, while two others are currently receiving treatment,” he said.

The spokesman said that the commissioner of police condemned the killing in strong terms, describing the killers as cowards who had murdered sleep.

He commiserated with the families of the deceased and vowed to get justice for the heroic act of the murdered vigilante operative and innocent bystanders at the scene.

The police commissioner also called on members of the public, especially eyewitnesses, to assist the police with information on the ongoing operation.

An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the hoodlums, who carried out the act, were enforcing the Monday sit-at-home order.

The source also said that the gunmen collected cell phones and other valuables from their victims in the hotel.

The development, according to the source, forced many people who disobeyed the sit-at-home order to quickly close their stalls and run home.

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Police confirm arrest of three suspected kidnappers in Otukpo

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The Police Command in Benue on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of three suspected kidnappers in Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

SP SewueseAnene, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the development from Makurdi.

Anene disclosed that the suspects were apprehended on Monday at a motor park in Otukpo.

She added that further details would be provided later.

Investigations revealed that the suspected kidnappers were detained by the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG) in Otukpo.

It was further gathered that the suspects were intercepted early Monday at a motor park while attempting to board a vehicle to Makurdi.

According to reports, the suspects allegedly received ransom from their victims and were on their way to Makurdi, the state capital, when the BSCVG received information leading to their arrest.

Witnesses stated that the suspects were found in possession of a substantial sum of money believed to be the ransom collected from their captives.

The BSCVG promptly handed over the suspects to the Police in Otukpo for further investigation.

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Police arrest man for car theft in Jigawa

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The Police in Jigawa have arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly stealing a Honda CRV in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement by DSP LawanShiisu, the Police Public Relations Officer in Dutse on Tuesday, the suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was apprehended in Gwaram town after stealing the Honda CRV in Kano State.

Shiisu said that the suspect, a resident of BUK quarters in Kumbotso LGA of Kano, was intercepted with the stolen Honda CRV bearing registration number DKD 10 AG while enroute to Maiduguri.

“The arrest came after police received a report from Mr Abba Yahya of Gano town, Dawakin Kudu LGA, Kano State, regarding the theft of his vehicle,” Shiisu said.

He further said, “Upon receipt of the report, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Gwaram Division and a patrol team mounted a stop and search along Sara-Darazo road, leading to the interception of the vehicle and subsequent arrest of the 43-year-old suspect.”

Shiisu noted that both the suspect and the stolen vehicle were taken into custody for preliminary investigation and would be transferred to the Kano Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.

“The Commissioner of Police, MrAhmaduAbdullahi, commended the officers for their diligence in apprehending the suspect and urged them to sustain the effort,” Shiisu added.

Abdullahi also appealed to residents to collaborate with the police by reporting any suspicious activities promptly to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.

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