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Marwa promises drug cartels tough time as NDLEA sets ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine

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There  tougher times ahead of drug barons and cartels operating in Nigeria if they fail to back out of their criminal trade and embrace legitimate ventures.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) gave the assurance on Tuesday while leading stakeholders to witness the crushing and setting ablaze of 1.8 tons of cocaine recovered by the Agency from a warehouse in Ikorodu area of Lagos last week.

The NDLEA had in a well-coordinated  intelligence led operation that lasted two days last week stormed a hidden warehouse at 6 Olukunola street, Solebo estate Ikorodu where 1.8 tons of cocaine were recovered and five suspects including a Jamaican were arrested.

Following the historical seizure, which is the largest in the Agency’s history, an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos was obtained for the public destruction of the consignment.

Speaking at the venue of the public destruction in Badagry area of Lagos Tuesday, Gen. Marwa who was represented by the Agency’s Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, DCGN Sunday Joseph, said the sheer volume of the drug haul, with street value put at two hundred and seventy-eight million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($278, 250,000), equivalent to one hundred and ninety-four billion, seven hundred and seventy-five million (N194, 775,000,000) naira, speaks volume about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld.

He said this has made it imperative for Nigerians to continue to support NDLEA in the renewed war against illicit drugs.

He said out of the 1.8-ton seizure, 1, 828 blocks of the cocaine will be crushed and set ablaze while the remnant will be secured for purpose of prosecution of the suspects who were brought to witness the procedure and sign the certificate of destruction.

According to the NDLEA boss, “The Agency is proceeding with the prosecution of those arrested in connection with this consignment.

“On this, the public can be rest assured that NDLEA shall pursue the trial to a logical conclusion.

“Since January 25, 2021, when we commenced our offensive action against drug traffickers, the Agency has secured record convictions. Presently, 2,904 drug offenders are serving various jail terms, while other cases are ongoing in court, which we are confident will end in positive results too.”

To the drug underworld, he said, “The bust of the syndicate responsible for the cocaine warehoused in Ikorodu is a message to drug cartels that their investments in the illicit drug trade will go up in flames as you are about to witness, while they also risk losing their freedom because the present NDLEA is committed to arresting, prosecuting and ensuring the conviction of those involved in illicit drugs.

“That is not all, we now also go after their assets acquired with the proceeds of the criminal trade.”

Marwa said the fact that the Ikorodu operation was conducted clinically without any skirmish or bloodshed is further testimony to the evolution of the NDLEA and its new capabilities, and a pointer to the fact that the game has changed in the war against illicit drugs.

He expressed appreciation to the Agency’s international partners, especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA) that supported the cocaine syndicate bust and the Nigerian military that provided additional firepower during the operation, as well as other law enforcement agencies that have been supporting efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

While soliciting for more support for the Agency’s work, Marwa said, “The safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us and every citizen shall be fulfilling his or her civic duty by assisting the Agency to clean up our communities and cities by joining our War Against Drug Abuse (WADA).”

“Together, we can make this country secure,” he added .

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Security agencies go after Homosexuals, as they flee country

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The Security Forces in Nigeria have intensified their operations to clamp down on homosexuals in the country.

The homosexuals are resorting to leave Nigeria as soon as possible to avoid arrest and strict prosecutions.

The PRO of the intelligence department in a statement issued to the press emphasised the institution’s position and commitment at sanitising the entire country by getting rid of all groups, clubs, and persons found to be involved in or perpetuating any forms of homosexuality in the country

He further stated categorically that the LGBT law is still very much active.

He said the release of the statement became necessary in view of the recent cases of lesbianism and gay being currently treated by various security institutions in the country and which is not receiving enough media attention for the public to see.

He recalled the story reported by a major news medium online of a teenager, a boy named Stephen who was caught in erotic acts with a neighbor of his named Cosmas. In a swift move to save both families from further public disgrace and agony, Cosmas had to be flown abroad and Stephen was jettisoned by his forlorn mother and family and had to fend for himself in the slums somewhere in Lagos.

The institution in the release also referenced a case of one Mrs Omorilewa Omolasho Kafayat who is said to still be at large more than a year down the line after being caught in erotic adventures with her long time friend and secondary school mate in her matrimonial apartment.

Mrs Omorilewa omolasho was said to be the proprietor of Glorious kiddies nursery and primary school when the sad incident happened on the 29th of January 2023.

The case, according to the release, was said to have been reported by the community association where Omorilewa had lived peacefully with her husband and family.

Angry youths, as a testament to the pious virtues of the Yorubas -the tribe of OmorilewaKafayat – and in stiff opposition to the barbaric and shameful acts was said to have vandalised the Omorilewas apartment at 12, Solotan Williams street Asero estate, Abeokuta Ogun State.

In conclusion, the institution advised the general public to feel free to approach any or all the security outfits in the country to report any case of homosexuality in and within their neighborhood with enough good and genuine evidence to prove  their case(s) in the court of law beyond reasonable doubts.

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Don’t take luggage you don’t know its content, NDLEA warns travellers

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has warned travellers against taking any luggage that they don’t know its content from anyone while travelling.

The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, shared this information via his X account on Sunday.

Justifying his advice, he disclosed that two students, including a PhD student, ran into trouble when bottles of codeine syrup were discovered in luggage they were carrying for a female friend studying abroad.

The statement read, “A PhD student and another student studying abroad got into custody because bottles of codeine syrup were found in the luggage they picked for their female friend abroad.

“They would have been jailed if #ndlea_nigeria had not worked hard to ensure the owner was put on the next flight home….

“Reason why we warn you not to take any luggage you don’t know its content from anyone.

“Video shows how bags of opioids were concealed among spare parts coming from Onitsha heading to Mubi in Adamawa.”

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8 nabbed for allegedly vandalising railway sleepers, petroleum pipeline in Bauchi

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (), Bauchi Command, has arrested eight suspects for allegedly vandalising railway slippers, petroleum pipelines in the state.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Ileboye Olajide, who disclosed this while parading the suspects on Thursday in Bauchi, said that the suspects were also arrested for allegedly being in possession of fake currency notes.

Olajide said that the suspects were of three categories of offenders apprehended in one week.

“We got information from our people on the field that some people were vandalising railway sleepers at Dangubi village, along Gombe road.

“We immediately moved to the area and caught them with the 33 already removed sleepers. The suspects involved were actually four; two were arrested while two are at large,” he said.

The NSCDC commandant said five of the suspects were involved in vandalism of a petroleum pipeline at Kangere village on Gombe road in Bauchi Local Government Area, saying that they were handed over to the command by the Nigerian Army artillery unit.

He listed the items recovered from them to include: four motorcycles, various 25-litre cans of petrol and about 10 empty cans.

Olajide said that the suspects were caught while siphoning petroleum products, adding that they had confessed to the act.

The commandant added that another suspect was arrested for being in possession of fake 2,000 dollars in his house.

“Information provided by a woman he previously gave fake 100 dollars led to his arrest,” he said.
According to him, all the suspects will be handed over to relevant agencies after the conclusion of investigation for possible prosecution.

Olajide, however, warned that those nursing the idea of vandalising national infrastructure in the state to think twice, as they would not go scot free under his watch.

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