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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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Attack on Sen Ifeanyi Ubah unfortunate and condemnable — Peter Obi

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•Mourns the dead, says, ‘We cannot re-build Nigeria through crime and violence’

The Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has strongly condemned the shooting at Enugu-Ukwu, Anambra State, yesterday targeted at the convoy of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, describing it as “unfortunate and condemnable”.

Speaking to newsmen at the Abuja Airport, Obi said he was saddened when he heard about the news, especially when lives were lost. He called on the perpetrators of such crimes nationwide to have a re-think about their actions, which he described as “injurious to the growth and development Nigeria urgently needs now that suffering abounds in the land.”

Obi, who described most of the shootings going on in every part of the country as one of the cumulative effects of bad leadership over the years, said that the best way to tackle them was to go to the root causes of discontent in the land and nip them in the bud rather than pretending that Nigeria has been fair to Nigerians.

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Part of his words: “I have continued to lay emphasis on the urgent need for enhanced security and protection of life and property in our society. I reiterate my unwavering commitment to put an end to all forms of violence in different parts of the country by seeking the root causes, under my watch, when elected the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Violence and killings of Nigerians under any guise whatsoever will not be accepted or tolerated under my watch as President.”

Commiserating with Governor Chukwuma Soludo, he encouraged him not to relent in his efforts to restore sanity to the state.

Obi also commiserated with the Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the affected families over the painful incident and loss of lives. He said: “I deeply commiserate with my brother, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, and extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this ugly incidence.”

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We Stole 1,400 Phones, Made N84 Million

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By Dayo Johnson, Akure

” We have stolen 1,400 expensive telephones from important personalities in the seven states that we have successfully operated, and have made over N84 million from the stolen telephones.

” For a period of six months, we have robbed these people of their expensive telephone and made the said amount.

These were the confession of members of an inter-state robbery syndicate apprehended by the Ondo state security outfit codenamed Amotekun and paraded in Akure, the state capital.

The leader of the gang, Ali Muhammad, said in an interview, that they have succeeded in stealing 200 expensive phones from each of the seven states they’ve operated.

Also speaking, a 31 year old girlfriend of one of the three suspects, Victoria Iyagbe, narrated how they carried out some of their operations, especially at big shops where expensive phones were sold.

“Whenever we arrive at any of the big shops, we pretend like normal customers who want to buy phones with hooded faces and with our heads covered with jackets.

“While bargaining the prices, we would confuse the seller using some tricks and the moment we got the target, we remove the jackets and stylishly place it on top of the items and abscond with them

The state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, while parading the suspects, said that they have stolen over 200 phones in each state they had operated.

“Ondo State is the seventh state and they have made over N84 million from the enterprise within six months.”

“The gang members lodged in a 5-star hotel in Akure, with one of their girlfriends and hired commercial motorcycle riders to take them round the metropolis for assessment.

“Having surveyed the town, the following day, they would hit the streets, stealing people’s expensive phones in cunning ways they had rehearsed. And they had applied such severally for successful operations.

“After the arrest of the syndicate, they took the Amotekun Corps operatives to the various locations where they had robbed their victims.”

Some of the victims, were at the Amotekun Corps headquarters in Akure to collect their handsets.
(Vanguard)

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Hanifa : Court Sentences School Proprietor to Death

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Remember Hanifa the little girl who was abducted on December 4, 2021 on her way home from Islamiyya and subsequently discovered to have been killed by  her teacher and school proprietor, after demanding N6m ransom, at Dakata, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State?

Well, Justice has been served as Kano State High Court on Thursday sentenced the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko, the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnap and killing of the 5-year old school girl, Hanifa Abubakar, to death.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, sentenced him to death by hanging while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Details later….

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