A 22-year-old youth corps member, Arnold Maniru has been arrested in Abuja for importing 4 kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom just as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted in Lagos cookies laced with drugs going to United Arab Emirate.
The youth corps member serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday 28th August 2021 following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company. Controlled delivery of the parcel, which contains the candies laced with Arizona, a strong variant of cannabis, and some liquid, was subsequently carried out.
In the same vein, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos have intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis concealed inside locally made cookies going to Dubai, UAE and 920grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading to Saudi Arabia. Another 1.08kg cannabis concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625grams of methamphetamine hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also seized.
Across the states, operatives also intensified arrests of traffickers and seizures of illicit drugs. A total of 384.7 kilograms of assorted narcotics being transported to the nation’s capital, Abuja for sale were intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi state on Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September 2021.
A truck with registration number Plateau AA 462 QAP, driven by a 50-year-old Danlami Dodo, coming from Onitsha, Anambra, with Abuja, FCT as the destination, was intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja. Upon a search, the following psychoactive substances were discovered packed in sacks and cartons:
1,975 bottles of Cough Syrup with Codeine weighing 282kg; 199 packets of Exol-5 tablets weighing 75.4kg; 250 packets of Diazepam tablets weighing 15.4kg; Cannabis Sativa weighing 5.9kg; and 1 packet of Ketamine injection, all weighing 378.7kilograms.
Also on Thursday, a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number Lagos MUS 716 XK, coming from Ojota, Lagos to Abuja was stopped and searched at the Lokoja patrol point, where 6kg of Arizona was found sealed in cartons and suffed in a white sack.
In Rivers state, one Obey James was arrested during a raid with 4.2grams of heroin; 1.9grams of cocaine, and 5.4grams of methamphetamine while in Niger state, two suspects; Eze John and Michael Ifediegwu were arrested along Zungeru-Tegina road with 18kg of Exol 5; 2kg of
Tramadol and 1000 ampoules of pentazocine injection, all going to Kontagora in the state.
In Kano, a drug dealer, Chiduzie Ibegbunam, was arrested with 16.8grams of cocaine and 0.6grams of heroin while 158,000 monetary exhibits was recovered from his when his joint was raided.
In Nasarawa state, 22 suspects were arrested and 43.9kilograms of illicit drugs were seized when operatives stormed notorious drug joints in Gadabuke forest, Toto LGA, and Down base/timber shed both in Nasarawa LGA, dismantled and set ablaze their makeshift homes. In Borno state, Caleb
Okezuonu was arrested with 352 bottles of Codeine Syrup and 876 tablets of Rohypnol during a raid.
Curiously, Caleb is on court bail, for two earlier charges filed against him by the state command of the NDLEA. The latest arrest makes it his third arrest for drug offenses. During the raid, 11.5grams of Tramadol and N307, 255 monetary exhibits were recovered from another suspect who escaped and has been declared wanted.
In Ebonyi state, military personnel, Anayo Nwamban, who bought 1.1kg of cannabis from Mami market, planted same in his elder brother’s house and then made a report to the NDLEA office with a view to implicating his brother, was arrested on Friday 3rd September. After the arrest of his supplier, he admitted purchasing and planting the same in his own brother’s house.
Reacting to the arrests and seizures in the past week across FCT, Kogi, Rivers, Kano, Niger, Borno, Nasarawa and Ebonyi state commands as well as the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the commands for keeping the flame burning and maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers.
He assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari is well seized of their efforts and remains committed to improving their welfare as they intensify the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking across the country.
Nigeria Defeats Cameroon by 10 Wickets in Cricket World up
Nigeria has defeated Cameroon by 10 wickets with 84 balls left in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
The game which was played at the Botswana Cricket Oval Gaborone on Monday, saw the Cameroonian side winning the toss and choosing to bat first in their debut ICC event.
They had majorly Nantia Kenfack to thank for scoring 23 runs in 32 balls ahead Jeanne Ngono, the other best performer in the team, who made seven runs in 13 balls, and together contributing to the team’s tally of 47 runs in 19.3 overs with all wickets out.
Like a walk in the park, a very confident Nigerian side needed only 6.3 overs to score 48 runs in the second innings.
The opening partnership of Esther Sandy and Kehinde Abdulquadri was enough to claim the victory, even though team captain, Blessing Etim, won the Player of the Match by downing four wickets and claiming four maiden overs.
A maiden over is an over in which no runs are scored that count against the bowler.
“This is the first time ever I am bowling four overs, four wickets and no runs. I give glory to God and I appreciate the efforts of my team mates for making this possible.
“ The game was not a very difficult one for us because we listened to our coaches and made our target,’’ an elated Etim said after the game, while also dedicating her award to her team mates.
On his part, Onome Oghenekevwe, the team coach, said the team’s victory showed that they were no push overs.
“Today’s victory was good. Ten wickets victory shows how strong the players are and as far as am concerned, this team is one of the best sides in this tournament.
“ I think that they need more time together as a team and gather as much experiences as possible so that they can go places,’’ Oghenekevwe said.
Nigeria had played four matches, winning two, but will have to await the outcome of the Uganda vs Sierra Leone match on Tuesday, to determine a spot in the semi-finals.
Namibia is currently top of the group and has already qualified with three wins in three matches, while Uganda is second with two wins in three matches, pending the outcome of their last game on Tuesday.
Nigeria, in third place, could have a fighting chance for a semis spot, if Sierra Leone defeats Uganda.
Four teams are expected to qualify from both groups, with Zimbabwe leading the pack in group A.
Minister Cautions NYSC Members Against Influencing Redeployments
Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday, cautioned youth corps members against influencing their postings to their preferred places of assignments.
Aliyu gave the advice when the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) led by the FCT Coordinator, Alhaji Abdul Suleman, visited her office in Abuja .
The minister urged the corps members to desist from influencing their posting to rural communities to their places of interest.
According to her, corps members are not only needed in rural communities but gained more recognition in hard-to-reach communities.
“Corps members responsiveness to the plight of the people depicts a very high quality of leadership, that is missing among our youths.
” So in essence, it is in those rural areas that offer you the opportunity to show your leadership qualities.
“It is only in those remote areas that you can think out of the box for the benefit of the people. These are areas that often lack portable water, and other social amenities.
“Seeing the condition of the people can give you the necessary push to come up with ideas on what to do for the benefit of mankind, “she said.
Aliyu said that Garki and Wuse environments, would not offer corps members the opportunity to think of what to do.
” So for you to get all the latitudes to hit the ground running, you have to serve in rural communities. Please, I urge you all not to work your ways to be redeployed,” she said.
Aliyu gave them the assurance that the FCT would continue to serve as home, to all corps members posted their for the youth service scheme.
Earlier, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Alhaji Abdul Suleman, said that the 2021Batch ‘B’ Stream II Orientation Course had commenced as scheduled.
Suleman said the corps members had been exposed to the COVID-19 preventive protocols, adding that the camp officials and the entire camp community had been screened.
He said that a total of 1,340 corps members had been registered and sworn in by the representative of the Chief Judge of the FCT.
The coordinator said that the corps members had so far, exhibited a high level of discipline and resilience.
Suleman commended the FCT’s administration and the community, for providing the enabling environment for hosting the orientation course.
The highpoint of the event, was the presentation of an artwork, by a youth corps member, Okon Lawrence Idim, to the minister.
Customs Accuses Elite Government Agencies Of Patronising Smuggled Cars
The Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) in charge of modernization of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Saidu Galadima, has accused some Nigerian elites, including government agencies, of patronizing smuggled cars.
Galadima said this during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise Duty on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, “unfortunately, the big men today in Nigeria, I didn’t say National Assembly members, all their escort Hilux are smuggled vehicles.
He said that any officer involved in allowing such smuggled cars were being penalized and punished by the service.
Galadima stated that though, the number of Hilux importation had dropped, hundreds of them were still in town.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Leke Abejide, disclosed that they were working towards repealing some provisions in the Customs and Excise Management Act, to reduce the cumbersome process of containers transfer in the agency.
He also told the customs delegates that the committee was proposing three stages for the transfer of containers which include, Controller, DC revenue, and Exit.
“One of the reasons we are doing this interactive session is because we are already working on the Customs and Excise Management Act.
“We want to have an agreement with Customs on common ground, like all these transfer processes, it is going to be there.
“But we don’t want to do it alone; we want to do it with them. We should receive it in this committee by this week.
“So when the Act comes, we are going to sit down and look at it and see how we can help them. We are working on the Act,” he said.
He stated that Customs were short of the workforce, stressing that when the committee went out to the command, the complaints were that they were short of men.
According to him, Customs was supposed to be 30,000 men, but they are 15,000, they cannot recruit the remaining 50 per cent unless they have money.
“Customs is underfunded, they are taking seven per cent of duty on items, this cannot help Customs to recruit. This is one of the things we are doing.
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