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NDLEA destroys 560kg of illicit drugs in Lagos

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday in Lagos destroyed 560 Kgs of drug seized from drug barons.

Its Chairman retired Brig. Gen Buba Marwa, who supervised the destruction, warned drug barons against pushing illicit drugs and warned of dire consequences for anyone caught.

Marwa said that the drugs were seized by the Seme Area Command and the Lagos State Command of NDLEA, adding that some were also from the central exhibit storage facility.

He said that some of the drugs were seized between from 2019 to July 2022.

“This exercise complies with Section 3 Sub-section 1 of the NDLEA Act which mandates the agency to destroy seized narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances,” he said.

Among drugs destroyed were cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Others included Tramadol, Ephedrine, Codeine cough syrup, khat and psychotropic drugs.

Marwa said that the consignment was the largest illicit drugs destruction since the inception of NDLEA, urging drug barons to seek alternative jobs.

He expressed satisfaction at the seizures which he attributed to lots of hardwork by personnel of the agency.

“This hardwork also culminated in the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the offenders in court.

“Since January 2021, over 17,647 drug offenders were arrested out of which 2,369 offenders were convicted.

“Today is yet another indication that officers and men of the agency are not relenting in the pursuit of the agency’s mandate to make Nigeria safe from the drug scourge.”

He vowed that the NDLEA would continue to explore legal ways to enforce the drug problem in the country

“There is no better time than now to adopt evidence-based programmes and policies to counter the destructive impact of the drug scourge which has pervaded our society in the past few years,” Marwa said

In a remark, the representative of the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi 1, Chief Tunde Giro, commended the agency for tackling the menace of drugs trafficking in the country.

He promised that traditional chiefs would collaborate with the agency to fight the drugs menace in Badagry.

NDLEA unit commander, Seme Command, Mr Abubakar Wada, commended sister agencies in Badagry for their unflinching support towards the seizures of drugs.

He promised that the command would continue to pursue the mandate of the agency.

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Man kills 70-year-old mother in Akwa Ibom

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Police in Akwa-Ibom State have arrested one Inyangake James Peter for killing his 70-year-old mother, Mma-Offiong James Peter, in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, on Monday.

According to the statement, the suspect, who was arrested by the police on April 4, 2024, at about 9:00 am, said he acted based on a voice which kept prompting him to kill her.

“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Inyangake James Peter, 40 years old for gruesomely murdering his biological mother, one Mma-Offiong James Peter, about 70 years old on 4/4/2024 at about 9:00 am at Ikpe Annang Village in Etim Ekpo LGA.

“The suspect, who confessed to the crime has been transferred to the state CID for discrete investigation.

“The suspect on interrogation alleged that he had a voice saying ‘kill her’, ‘kill her’, and he decided to oblige,” the statement read.

 

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Police arrest 104 suspects during Sallah celebration in Kano

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

The Nigeria Police Force, Kano state Command arrested 104 suspects with dangerous weapons during the just concluded Sallah celebration in different locations across the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Usaini Gumel made this known.

According to him, the suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons of various descriptions during the festive period.

He said the command was committed to deal with all miscreants and their sponsors hellbent on taking advantage of festive periods to derail the existing peaceful atmosphere in the state.

He explained that adequate security measures had been put in place to guarantee a peaceful atmosphere in and outside the metropolis.

“We have put in place a sensitive security network that would pave way for the arrest and prosecution of any person or group of people tampering with the peaceful nature the state was known for.” He explained.

The Commissioner said that already the command had increased surveillance and patrols in some identified areas where youths tended to exploit the show to promote nefarious activities.

He explained the command’s intelligence units had also increased vigilance for collecting and putting into action relevant information to pre-empt likely emerging security threats in all parts of the state.

“We are making arrangements to prosecute 104 suspects  arrested before a competent court of law,” he added.

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Mohammed Mustapha: Ekiti State Police Command denies death in detention allegations

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The Ekiti State Police Command, through spokesperson SP Adeshola Olubode, refuted claims on April 12, 2022, regarding the alleged death of Mohammed Mustapha, a 28-year-old suspected cultist, in a detention facility.

According to the police statement, Mustapha was apprehended around Ado Ekiti, Ikare road, amidst escalating cult clashes in April. During interrogation, Mustapha purportedly confessed to being a member of the outlawed Buccaneer cult.

It was reported that he later died at the Ekiti State Hospital in Ado Ekiti after exhibiting violent behavior, including attacking and biting other detainees.

The statement highlighted the prevalence of cult clashes in Ekiti Ikare and mentioned efforts by the police to address the issue.

Additionally, before the arrest of Mohammed one of the teachers in Ado Ekiti Government college, Miss Famisin Eunice Tobi already came to report. The statement also referenced threats made.

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