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NDLEA Seizes 5.6 Million Opioid Pills In Kano, 1,274 Cocaine, Colorado Parcels In Lagos

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Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have seized substantial amounts of cocaine and Colorado, a potent cannabis strain, at the Tincan Seaport in Lagos.

The contraband was hidden in vehicles and containerised household goods that were imported from Durban, South Africa, and Canada.

The anti-drug agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, made this claim in a statement on Sunday. He said that months of tracking the containers by three special NDLEA units and coordinated intelligence led to the success of the exercise.
The illicit drugs, as well as weapons, ammunition, and other military hardware, were found during a joint inspection of the three containers by agency officers, Customs Service counterparts, and other security agencies between last Thursday and Friday.

He disclosed that certain sniffer dogs of the organisation were also utilised to assist in identifying the places and bags that were used to conceal the illegal goods, pointing out that 1, 274 parcels of cocaine and Colorado, totaling 884.09 kilogrammes, four handguns, 197 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 49 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 275 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, 14 rounds of 9mm ammunition, various military personnel effects, and some chemicals in kegs are among the items found inside the containers.
Except for a shipment of 32.5 kilogrammes of Colorado that arrived in used cars from Canada, he stated that the remaining items were discovered in two of the three containers that arrived at the Tincan port from Durban, South Africa. The containers were part of a vessel named MSC RESILIENT III, which was released on December 31, 2023, New Year’s Eve.
Babafemi also revealed that NDLEA agents have already located and apprehended a suspect connected to one of the containers, UACU 5348336, which contained the 32.5 kg Colorado, Akara Chibugo, 41.
He continued by saying that at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, two alert freight agents and a passenger managed to avoid being drawn into two drug trafficking operations by desperate traffickers.
The two agents were contacted to send a consignment of one kilogramme of cannabis hidden in beverage cans to Turkey, but they opted to submit the shipment to NDLEA checks before processing the cargo, noting that the psychoactive substance was later found to be hidden inside the shipment.
In a similar vein, Babafemi reported that on Friday, NDLEA agents detained Okosun Punitt, the consignee of a tramadol shipment hidden in a bottle of dietary supplements. Pathfinder International Ltd. employees tried to pass the shipment through an intended passenger on an Ibom Air flight to Accra, Ghana, at the Lagos airport on Tuesday.
He continued by saying that after the watchful passenger suspected the shipment contained illegal substances, a video of the confrontation between the passenger and Ajuzieogu went viral.

He said that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) later transferred Ajuzieogu and the exhibit to NDLEA last Thursday for further investigation.
According to NDLEA’s preliminary findings, the parcel contained 50 tramadol 225mg pills hidden in a bottle of dietary supplements. A follow-up operation by the agency resulted in Okosun’s arrest on Friday after he returned from Ghana, and Okosun acknowledged ownership of the drug in his statement.
According to Babafemi, three suspects in Kano were found in possession of no less than 5,653,000 exol-5 and tramadol 250 mg pills. He also mentioned that Yusuf Umar, 50, was apprehended by NDLEA agents on Saturday, January 13, at the Gadar Tamburawa area of the state, along with 249,000 exol-5 tablets.
Nura Abdullahi, 38, and Tahir Mukhtar, 42, were arrested on Sunday, January 14, with 5,404,000 pills of tramadol 250 mg.
Two suspects, Ali Abubakar and Murtala Sani, were detained last Tuesday in Lagos’ Ojodu Berger neighbourhood with 110 kg of cannabis sativa, while 69 kg of the same drug was found the same day in the hiding place of a fleeing suspect in Akerele, Surulere. Babafemi continued, “Jideofor Sochima, the suspected owner of the consignment, is still at large. Last Saturday, during a raid operation at Aleita, FCT, Abuja, NDLEA officers recovered not less than 2,800 bottles of cough syrup with a codeine base.”
Babafemi stated that although a suspect, Ike Emmanuel, 35, was found in Dan-Anacha village, Taraba state, last Thursday with a total of 100,510 opioid pills, NDLEA agents in Abia state arrested Joseph Isiguzoro, 60, along with Emmanuel Eugene and Malachi Ndu, who had 34,200 pills of opioids in various parts of the state. He claimed that Isiguzoro had been discovered with financial exhibits worth a mere N2,885,045 in total.
Babafemi revealed that during the previous week, the organization’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign persisted in equal measure in marketplaces, schools, places of worship, and other locations across the nation.

In the meantime, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of Tincan, MMIA, Abia, Taraba, Lagos, Kano, and FCT Commands as well as the agency’s special units for the arrests and seizures made during the previous week.
He also urged them and their fellow countrymen across all formations of the agency to remain focused and resolute in pursuit of the corporate goal of winning the war against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.
He also tasked them with keeping the partnership going with other law enforcement organisations and stakeholders in their respective purviews.

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Assailants Kill Umuoji Community President-General In Anambra

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Only a year ago, the President-General of the Obosi community in Anambra State’s Idemili-North Local Government Area was butchered to death by unknown people who have yet to be identified and apprehended by Nigerian police.

Another President-General, this time the President-General of the Umuoji community, Chief Silas Onyima, was assassinated in his bathroom at home on Friday night last week by yet-to-be-identified individuals.

The same fate befell the President-General of the Nimo community, who was shot multiple times before dying in his car. According to a source who requested anonymity, this is the tragic story of PGs who were assassinated or murdered in cold blood while on active duty.

According to the source, Anambra State’s Presidents-General are being slaughtered like chickens because they are always the prime target for assassination. Worse, every time these heinous incidents occurred, the government showed little empathy, let alone condoled with the bereaved family.

The source expressed concern that little or no effort is being made to identify the killers of the affected PGs or those responsible for the killings. That the safety and security of PGs are no longer guaranteed, as evidenced by the way and manner in which they were slaughtered like chickens, and that the perpetrators are free to roam the communities without being caught.

Although Prof. Charles Nwadigwe, the 1st National Vice President of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), believes that insecurity exists throughout the country, he believes that the insecurity of Presidents-General is unique because they are community leaders and public servants.

Nwadigwe, a former President-General of the Ikem Ivite community, stated that the attacks were carried out by those who are upset that criminalities are not permitted to take precedence over civility and the rule of law.

He stated that the heinous murder of Umuoji President-General was one too many and serves as a wake-up call for PGs to take proactive measures to ensure their personal security and safety.

He urged the Anambra State Government and security agencies to respond to the situation and apprehend the killers of PG Umuoji Chief Silas Onyima, adding that the death of the PG has made it critical that the security architecture in the communities be restructured, even as he stated that ASATU will pursue the matter until the Umuoji PG killers are apprehended and brought to justice.

Comrade Bonny Ozo Nkwuaku, the National Laison Officer of ASATU in Anambra-Central Senatorial Zone and President-General emeritus of the Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Local Government Area, also stated that PGs are like endangered species in Anambra State and urged the government to beef up security around them.

Nkwuaku proposed that even if the PGs were not assigned conventional police, they could be assigned local vigilantes to play special roles in their security. He stated that it was not long ago that the President-General of the Obosi community was assassinated similar to the assassination of Omor and Nanka Presidents-General were still fresh until the very recent gruesome murder of Umuoji PG just last week.

The former Enugwu-Ukwu PG who stated that no arrests were being made when these assassinations occurred, maintained that such heinous crimes were allowed to fly as no arrests or prosecutions were made to bring those involved to justice, adding that it was time the government came to the rescue of Presidents-General.

Nkwuaku explained that PGs render selfless service to the communities and that no PG is being paid by the town union yet they are brutally killed and their families left to suffer untold hardships.

Investigations however revealed that a delegation of ASATU led by the National President Chief Barr. Titus Nnabuike Akpudo, have paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Umuoji PG to commiserate with them over the loss.

This reporter also gathered that ASATU has resolved to get to the root of the matter because the association has lost about five Presidents-General to malicious killings and assassinations.

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Katsina Police Command Neutralises Scores Of Bandits, Recover 332 Rustled Animals

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The Katsina State Police, in partnership with the Community Watch Corps, have apprehended a suspected known bandit boss and his collaborators, as well as recovered 332 rustled animals.

 

ASP Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, the state police command spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement released to journalists in Katsina on Thursday.

 

According to him, on February 21, 2024, at around 0800hrs, in a coordinated effort to combat the menace of banditry in the state, operatives of the State Police Command attached to Kankara and Malumfashi Divisional Headquarters, in collaboration with members of the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KTCWC), raided the Burdugau bandits camp in Malumfashi LGA, led by one Babayo, a suspected notorious bandits’ kingpin.

 

According to the statement, the team also recovered 332 suspected rustled livestock and neutralised numerous suspected armed bandits during the collaborative operation.

 

“Amid these commendable achievements, a member of the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KTCWC) and another member of the vigilante group were unfortunately fatally injured; one police officer was also shot and injured during the raid. However, the injured are currently receiving treatment and responding to medical care”.

 

CP Aliyu Abubakar Musa, the state police commissioner, praised the operatives’ professionalism and bravery, saying these successful raid operations highlight the command’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of state citizens, reaffirming its resolve to confront and neutralise criminal activities in the state and ensure the safety and security of all residents.

 

He prayed for the repose of the slain officers’ souls and expressed his heartfelt condolences to their families, emphasising that the bravery, dedication, and sacrifices demonstrated by these officers will be remembered forever.

 

In a swift reaction, the state Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda saluted the gallantry of Mallam Sanusi Hassan, the Commander of Katsina Community Watch Corps (KCWC) in Kankara Local Government Area, who was killed by the miscreants in the operation.

 

“Hassan, together with four local vigilantes and two young men from Burdigau paid the supreme price during the gun battle with the terrorists loyal to the notorious bandit kingpins, Dankarami and Barbaru, who had established a new camp in Yar Tepa”.

 

“The government and people of Katsina State painfully mourn the gallant and fearless local security personnel, described as “true heroes of war“.

 

According to him, Hassan and the six men who died battling the terrorists deserved to be praised and acknowledged for dying in active service to their beloved country.

 

He advised the relatives of the deceased not to despair, but rather to take consolation in the fact that their loved ones perished while fighting to restore long-term peace and security in Katsina state.

 

Radda praised the security personnel for their bravery, which resulted in the deaths of over 100 bandits during the encounter and the rescue of hundreds of rustled cows in four trailers.

 

“This terrible incident will not dampen our morale to restore peace and security in our troubled state. The Katsina State government shall honour the memories of Hassan and those who died alongside him, by ensuring that terrorists holding the state to ransom are all eliminated, very soon”.

 

“I wish to pledge that the Katsina State Government, under my leadership, will not abandon the families of the deceased. They will be supported in every way possible, to cushion their hardship in the wake of their loved one’s death,” the Governor assured.

 

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PCRC Honours Zone 13 AIG Aghaulor For Security Gallantry

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By Chuks Eke

The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), has bestowed some special awards on Godwin Ndidi Aghaulor, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra State, for his valiant efforts so far in bringing crime to a halt in the zone that controls Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi states.

Agunechemba, Gallant Crime Fighter, Grand Commander, and Community Policing Ambassador were among the medals given.

The committee also conferred an honorary title of Ugosimba and Patroness on the AIG’s wife, Mrs. Salome Chinasa Aghaulor, just as they equally conferred an honorary title of Administrative Expert on the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, ZPPRO, Josephine Ihunwo.

Among the special awards conferred on AIG Aghaulo included Agunechemba (The Lion that guides the zone),  Community Policing Ambassador, Grand Commander and Gallant Crime Fighter.

Conferring the awards in the AIG, his wife and the ZPPRO during a security summit/official visit of the AIG to Onitsha at the PCRC Hall, Central Police Station, CPS, Onitsha, the Senior Special Assistant to the National Chairman of PCRC on Interstate Projects (Southeast Zone), Sir Vic Agubisi described Aghaulor as a security giant and a role model to both the police force and humanity for setting standards in crime fighting.

Agubisi explained that the awards were in line with PCRC’s avowed determination to reward whosoever devoted their time and resources in making the law-abiding citizens sleep with their two eyes closed without being molested by hoodlums.

Agubisi who commended the police high command for finding Aghaullor a true son of Igbo-speaking Delta worthy of being trusted with the security of lives and properties of people of Zone 13 which is domiciled in the heart of Igbo land, further explained that Aghaulor deserved his status as AIG because of his quality track records.

Responding, the highly elated AIG Aghaulor commended Agubisi and his team of PCRC members for their initiative and for devoting their time and resources to assisting the police give maximum services in terms of the provision of adequate security of lives and properties of the entire citizenry.

He therefore charged members of the public to always give useful information to the police for effective crime prevention.

“This triple awards would no doubt spur me and my men to fight crime and criminality to a barest minimum, particularly at this present time when insecurity of lives and properties have become the order of the day”, said Aghaulor.

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