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NDLEA raids eateries in Plateau, Enugu, recovers drugged cakes, cocaine

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have raided some eateries in Jos, the Plateau capital and recovered freshly baked cakes made with cannabis Sativa.

The Agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said additional 48.726 kilograms of assorted psychotropic substances were recovered.

Babafemi added that some of the drug joints raided included KNL Lounge located along Lamingo road and another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low-Cost estate, as well as Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos metropolis.

According to him, besides the drugged cakes, called brownie, recovered from the three eateries, psychotropic substances were also seized.

He said 14kg of Barcadin Codeine; Flunitrazapem 355.5grammes; Tramadol 370.1 grams; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam 2.5kg and Pentazocine 1.5 kg, totaling 48.726kg were seized.

Babafemi quoted the Plateau Commander, Mr Ibrahim Braji, as saying that five persons were arrested in connection to the seized drugs.

Babafemi said the Enugu state command of the agency at the weekend equally raided the Nsukka axis of the state capital.

He said a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka, was arrested with 80.23grammes of cocaine and 3.81grammes of methamphetamine.

Babafemi quoted the state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Abdul Abdullahi, as saying that the Command remained committed to unraveling other members of the drug cartel in the state.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Niger State Command of the Agency also arrested a 24-year-old 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abel Godwin Idio.

Babafemi said he was arrested for selling two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and loud, concealed in textbooks, adding that he was apprehended in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.

He quoted the state Commander of the Agency, Haruna Kwetishe, as saying that Abel used the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell.

He stated that Abel was arrested on Friday 30th April 2021, adding that two other traffickers; Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu, were arrested the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba road with 32kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa.

The Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the Plateau, Enugu and Niger Commands of the Agency for disrupting the activities of drug cartels in their respective states.

Marwa charged them to remain resolute in the pursuit of the Agency’s mandate to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs. (NAN)

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FG Reveals Names of Terrorism Financiers

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The Nigerian Sanctions Committee on Monday revealed the identities of nine specific individuals and six entities that have been recommended for sanction following their involvement in terrorism financing.

The nine individuals under sanctions are:

1. Tukur Mamu

2. Yusuf Ghazali

3. Muhammad Sani

4. Abubakar Muhammad

5. Sallamudeen Hassan

6. Adamu Ishak

7. Hassana-Oyiza Isah

8. Abdulkareem Musa

9. Umar Abdullahi

The six BDCs and firms are:

10. West and East Africa General Trading Company Limited

11. Settings Bureau De Change Limited

12. G. Side General Enterprises

13. Desert Exchange Ventures Limited

14. Eagle Square General Trading Company Limited

15. Alfa Exchange BDC

Top of the list of individuals named in the document was a Kaduna-based publisher, Tukur Mamu, who is currently being tried by the Federal Government for allegedly aiding the terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train in March 2022.

According to the document sent to Punch, Mamu “participated in the financing of terrorism by receiving and delivering ransome payments over the sum of $200,000 US in support of ISWAP terrorists for the release of hostages of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.”

The document said one of the individuals is “the suspected attacker of the St. Francis Catholic Church Owo, Ondo State on June 5, 2022, and the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, on July 5, 2022.”

Another was described as “a financial courier to ISWAP Okene. She is responsible for the disbursement of funds to the widows/wives of the terrorist fighters of the group.”

According to the document, another of the individuals “in 2015, transferred N60m to terrorism convicts.”

He was also said to have “received a sum of N189m between 2016 and 2018.”

The same person is said to “own entities and business reported in the UAE court judgment as facilitating the transfer of terrorist funds from Dubai to Nigeria.”

Another was said to have “had a total inflow of N61.4 bn and a total outflow of N51.7bn from his accounts.”

The document further revealed that, in accordance with Section 54 of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022, institutions and individuals are required to:

“(a) immediately, identify and freeze, without prior notice, all funds, assets, and any other economic resources belonging to the designated persons and entities in your possession and report same to the Sanctions Committee;

“(b) report to the Sanctions Committee any assets frozen or actions taken in compliance with the prohibition requirements.

“(c) immediately file a Suspicious Transactions Report to the NFIU for further analysis on the financial activities of such an individual or entity; and

“(d) report as a Suspicious Transactions Report to the NFIU, all cases of name matching in financial transactions prior to or after receipt of this List. ”

It said, “The freezing obligation required above shall extend to

“(a) all funds or other assets that are owned or controlled by the designated persons and entities, and not only those that are tied to a particular act, plot, or threat of terrorism or terrorism financing;

“(b) those funds or other assets that are wholly or jointly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by designated persons or entities;

“(c) the funds or other assets derived or generated from funds or other assets owned or controlled directly or indirectly by designated persons or entities; and

“(d) funds or other assets of persons and entities acting on behalf of, or at the direction of designated persons or entities.”

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Two Superintendents of Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Impersonation, Extortion of Victims

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The Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrested of three of its senior officers for alleged abduction and extortion of N4,200,000 from two residents of Aba, Abia State.

In a police signal exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, the erring policemen were also accused of impersonating officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The officers attached to Rivers State Police Command were said to have left Port Harcourt to Aba, where they whisked away two men, Kalu Ibe Nnana and Uwaka Anthony Ifeanyi.

The victims were threatened by the policemen who claimed they were arrested in connection with an ongoing fraudulent investigation, the signal read.They were subsequently forced to cough up N4.2million in Delta State before they were moved to Lagos State.

The erring officers are identified as ASP Daubara Edonyabo, ASP Talent Mungo, both attached to the Intelligence/Surveying unit of the Rivers State command.
An Inspector attached to the command sport unit, Odey Micheal was also indicted.

The signal read, “GOOD EVENING SIR X SITREP X RIVERS COMMAND X DATED 18/01/2024 X ARREST OF MEMBERS OF THE FORCE FOR ALLEGED ABDUCTION AND EXTORTION X GRATEFUL BE INFORMED THAT X ON 17/01/2024 AT ABOUT 0900HRS X ONE KALU IBE NNANA ‘M’ AND UWAKA ANTHONY IFEANYI ‘M’ X RESIDENTS OF ABA X ABIA STATE X REPORTED AT INTELLIGENCE AND SURVEILLANCE UNIT MINE X ALLEGING THAT ON 15/01/2024 AT ABOUT 2000HRS X WHILE AT ECKO FILLING STATION ALONG ABA/OWERRI ROAD X ABIA STATE X THEY WERE ABDUCTED BY FIVE UNKNOWN PERSONS X WHO CLAIMED TO BE OFFICERS X AND FLASHED EFCC ID CARDS X STATING THEY WERE EFCC OPERATIVES X THE VICTIMS WERE THREATENED TO BE TAKEN TO THE LAGOS ZONAL OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION X EN ROUTE TO LAGOS STATE.

“AT DELTA STATE X NEGOTIATIONS COMMENCED X AND THE VICTIMS PAID A TOTAL OF FOUR MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND NAIRA (N4,200,000.00) THROUGH TRANSFER X SUBSEQUENTLY X ON 16/01/2024 AT ABOUT 1500HRS X CONFIRMATION OF THE TRANSFER WAS MADE X AND THE VICTIMS WERE RELEASED IN PORT HARCOURT X RIVERS STATE X SPECIFICALLY IN THE GRA AREA X IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT X A TEAM OF DETECTIVES LED BY THE COMMANDER OF THE UNIT X IMMEDIATELY COMMENCED INVESTIGATIONS X RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF ASP DOUBARA EDONYABO ‘M’ X ASP TALENT MUNGO ‘M’ X BOTH ATTACHED TO INTELLIGENCE/SURVEILLANCE UNIT X AND INSPR ODEY MICHAEL ‘M’ X ATTACHED TO SPORT X PORT HARCOURT X THE SUSPECTS ARE CURRENTLY IN DETENTION FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION X QUERIES WILL BE ISSUED TO THE ARRESTED OFFICERS X AND INSPR ODEY MICHAEL ‘M’ WILL BE SUBJECT TO AN ORDERLY ROOM TRIAL X THE COMMAND WILL PROVIDE FURTHER UPDATES ON THE PROGRESS OF THE INVESTIGATION X PLEASE X DECOMPOL RVS X.”

In June 2023 a Nigerian man by the Twitter name Alilmoonn called on Nigerians and the Nigerian Police Force to come to his aid after some officers around second rainbow area of Lagos harassed him and took N100,000 from his account using a POS machine.

The victim who shared the transaction receipt said he was arrested with no offense, seeing that he is using iphone 13, the Police officer tagged him a fraudster and asked to pay 200,000 or he will be handed over to the EFCC.

“The police men found nothing, the other one asked me to come down and meet their boss, I did and the boss asked me to enter inside the car they’re using to patrol, they carried me and said they want to report me to the EFCC, I’m a barber by profession, I have my certificate.”

The Victim said he was on his way returning from the Federal Registry at Ikoyi with an Uber, when the four heavily armed Police men stopped him.

“In my life I have never been this scared, Nigeria is so scared, I was abused today by the Nigerian police men? They were 4 men plus the driver, I was coming back from the federal registry at ikoyi, this men stop my Uber drive and asked him to open his boot, he did.”

I’m innocent, this men pressed me to the extent I couldn’t breathe and I was begging them so I can take air they refused, they said I’m using an iPhone 14 pro max, I’m into fraud, I swear on my life I have never done anything like that in my life!

“The police men said I should pay them 2 million naira, firstly they took my phone from me, I can’t even reach my mom or family, I told them that I don’t have up to that amount they’re requesting and I pleaded for them to stop but they never listened!!! It’s so sad Nigeria.

So the man checked my UBA balance and found out I didn’t have such amount and told them to collect 100k from me, I did nothing, they didn’t see any fraud activity in my phone, the man said if I didn’t pay they will beat me or take me to the EFCC and lock me up.

I was begging, I told them it’s my hard earn money Nigeria is hard and this men still making it unbearable for us it’s very sad they took the 100k from my bank, I couldn’t take pictures of the police because they’re with my phones.

I can’t breathe!!!! Your men did this to me today!! One of them even cock a gun, they’re after the money but not my safety, all thanks to God because I don’t even know what my mom would do without me at that stage I was thinking if I’m going to see my mom and family again

I only have the picture from the POS slips.. these men are in second rainbow Lagos State.

These men brutalized me and took 100k from me! I’m not an internet fraud, I have a job I provide for myself and family.

I need my 100k back @PoliceNG.”

Report by Sahara Reporters

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For Plotting to assassinate Benue Speaker, Dajoh, Police Nabs LG Chairman, One Other

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The Police have arrested two suspects, including a local government chairman over an alleged plot to assassinate the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Aondona Hycenth Dajoh.

This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.

According to the statement, investigations showed that the LG chairman had allegedly reached out to a militia to eliminate Dajoh.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the Local Government Chairman allegedly contracted a militia with the sinister intention of eliminating the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Aondona Hycenth Dajoh,” the statement read.

He added that, “The operatives of the Force Intelligence Department – Intelligence Response Team (FID-IRT) swiftly swung into action upon receiving credible intelligence regarding the planned assassination.

“Both suspects are currently in police custody and are actively cooperating with investigators in the ongoing inquiry.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains resolute in its commitment to upholding the safety and security of citizens and public officials.”

He assured that both suspects would face the full weight of the law.

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