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NDLEA seeks more collaboration with military to tackle hard drugs in Borno

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The Borno Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has called for sustained collaboration with the military in the fight against hard drugs in Borno.

The State Commander of the agency, Mr Joseph Icha, made the call in Maiduguri on Thursday when the new Theatre Commander, Joint Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.Gen. Ibrahim Ali, who paid him a courtesy visit.

Icha said enhancing the existing collaboration was necessary to ensure maximum result in the fight against insurgency.

Icha who announced the seizure of 759 kilogrammes of illicit drugs by the agency in January, said the feat was achieved with the support of the army.

He explained that the seizures made in January alone was more than the 267 kilogrammes of illicit drugs seized in the whole of 2022.

“This quantity of drug seizure is far more than what we seized last year.

“Last year we seized 267kg, but this year in January alone we have seized 759kg with support of the army.

“It was the army that assisted us to carry out some interdiction activities,” Icha said.

He also announced that in 2022, the command arrested 509 suspects for various drug offences and counselled 259 persons with drug issues, while 29 were admitted into its rehabilitation facility.

“We have charged 203 persons to court and so far achieved 39 convictions.

“Our work is in two aspects, supply suppression and demand reduction.

“Demand reduction is reaching out to those who are likely to fall victim and those who are victims, to see how we can manage them to come off the challenge they have.

“These activities have been successful that in 2022, the command was given the award for excellence in demand reduction,” the commander said.

Earlier, the Theatre Commander, said he was at the agency as part of his familiarisation tour of security agencies for more collaboration and synergy.

“I want to build on the collaboration you have with my predecessor so that we can achieve better results as a team.

“The NDLEA is a key partner to us in achieving our mandate, as most of those terrorists are involved in drugs to facilitate their illegal activities,” Ali said.

He noted that while in Jos as General Officer Commanding 3 Division, he collaborated with the NDLEA and would do the same in Borno.

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Sex Scandal: We won’t oppose any sanction against lecturer — ASUU UNN

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the union would not oppose any sanction against the lecturer allegedly involved in sex scandal in a video trending in the social media.

Chairperson of ASUU, University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Dr Oyibo Eze said this in Nsukka on Tuesday while reacting to the alleged attempt by a lecturer in UNN to have sex with a female student in his office on Monday.

“ASUU will not oppose any sanction if after investigations, the suspect is found guilty of allegation to have attempted to have sex with a female student in his office.

“We should all know that every action has its consequences,” he said.

He said that ASUU condemned the alleged act by the lecturer identified as Mr. David Udom-Udom of the Social Science Unit, School of General Studies (GS) of the UNN.

“I saw the trending video of the alleged act yesterday and this morning I went  to GS department and confirmed the incident in the viral video on Monday.

“Lecturers should see students as their children by displaying high sense of discipline, morality and avoid asking sex for mark.

“It is condemnable and that is what happens when a dog eats the bone hung on its neck.

“Our job as lecturers is to teach students not to harass them sexually,” he said.

Reacting to the incident, Comrade Enoch Utazi, the President, Students Union Government (SUG) of the UNN, also condemned the alleged act by Udom to have sex with a student for mark.

Utazi said SUG would follow the matter to its logical conclusion to ensure that the affected randy lecturer was punished according to rules and regulations of the university.

“SUG will ensure this randy lecturer is punished to serve as deterrent to others who exploit female students sexually in order to give them mark,” Utazi said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chris Alumona, the Chief Security Officer of UNN, when contacted, confirmed the incident and said that the randy lecturer Udom-Udom had been arrested and handed over to the police.

Alumona said his office acted on tip-off from UNN Department of Students Affairs on what was happening on Monday in Udom’s office

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Alleged N8.5bn fraud: You have case to answer, Lagos court tells NIMASA staff, ex-JTF Commander

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Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, April 22, 2024, told a former Commander of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, Major-General Emmanuel Atewe ( rtd.), and a  staff of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Kime Engonzu, that they have a case to answer in the alleged N8.5bn money laundering case brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Atewe and Engonzu are standing trial on a 22-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N8, 537,586,798.58, which also involves a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and Josephine Otuaga, also a staff of NIMASA.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, Kime Engozu, and Josphine Otuaga, sometime in 2014, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Court, with intent to defraud, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: conversion of the sum of N8,537,586,798.58 property of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, thereby prompting the commencement of their trial.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution called several witnesses and subsequently closed its case against the defendants.

However, the defendants, rather than open their defence, filed a no-case-submission.

Akpobolokemi had, in a no-case submission, filed by his lawyer, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN, prayed the court for an acquittal without having him present a defence.

Ruling on the no-case submission on Monday, Justice  Faji discharged and acquitted Akpobolokemi  and Otuaga, the fourth defendant.

He however, ruled that Atewe, the second defendant, and Engonzu, the third defendant, should open their defence in counts 12 to 22 of the charge.

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Nasarawa: Police arrest three for alleged kidnapping

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By Adeyanju Esther

In a significant breakthrough, the Nasarawa State Police Command has apprehended three individuals suspected of involvement in a kidnapping scheme within the Karu Local Government Area.

The arrest is as a result of diligent efforts of officers from the Mararaba ‘A’ Division of the Nigeria Police, as confirmed by DSP Ramhan Nansel, the command’s spokesperson, in a statement released on April 23.

The detained suspects, namely Babangida Abdullahi (29), Mohammed Abubakar (27), and Yakubu Sani (30), were taken into custody following allegations of their participation in a kidnapping plot.

According to reports, the trio allegedly collaborated and engaged in communication with Ibrahim Idris, an uncle of one of the suspects, they threatened to abduct him unless a ransom of N2 million was paid.

Succumbing to the pressure and fearing for his safety, the victim complied with the demands, delivering the specified sum to the designated location. Subsequently, the suspects retrieved the ransom and divided it amongst themselves.

Further investigations revealed that all three suspects have confessed to their roles in the criminal activity. Authorities are now intensifying efforts to apprehend another member of the syndicate who narrowly escaped arrest.

This successful operation underscores the Nasarawa State Police Command’s unwavering commitment to combating crime and ensuring the safety and security of residents. It serves as a stern warning to criminal elements involved in kidnapping activities that law enforcement agencies will relentlessly pursue and bring them to justice.

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