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NDLEA Seizes 44,948kg Drugs, 11 Vehicles, Busts Cocaine, Heroin, Meth Syndicates, Arrests Four Kingpins



Arrested suspects

In massive raids across Lagos, Edo, and Ondo states,  NDLEA agents seized over 44,948.1 kilogrammes (44.9 tonnes) of illicit drugs, 11 vehicles owned by drug cartels, and arrested eight suspects.
The spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday that while a total of 7,687.8 kilogrammes of cannabis was destroyed in a warehouse in Ala forest, Akure, Ondo state, with another 670 kilogrammes evacuated last Saturday, no less than 14,310.9 kilogrammes of the same psychoactive substance was razed on 5.7 hectares of farms in Ohosu/Ugbogui forest, Ovia South West local government area of Edo State last Tuesday, where five suspects, including 67
He stated that in another operation in the Uzebba/Avbiosi forest last Thursday, over 6,500 kilogrammes of cannabis were destroyed on 2.6 hectares of farms, and three suspects were arrested: Kabiru Idris, 36; Alaba Jimoh, 40; and Lekan Asobere, 35.
According to Babafemi, 5,000 kilogrammes of the same substance were destroyed in a warehouse in Okpuje forest, Owan West local government area, by NDLEA operatives with military support last Friday.
A well-coordinated operation in Lagos last Wednesday resulted in the seizure of 10,534 kilogrammes (10.5 tonnes) of Ghanaian Loud, a strain of cannabis, in the state’s Ajah area, where 11 vehicles belonging to the drug cartel were seized. The recovered vehicles include: Iveco truck marked KRD 522 YE; Toyota sienna marked AAA 338 GL; Toyota sienna marked AAA 308 EP; Toyota sienna marked FKJ 381 JC; Nissan bus marked EKY 846 YG; Mercedes bus marked EPE 743 XT; an unmarked Iveco J5 bus; Toyota sienna marked LSD 744 GP; Toyota highlander SUV marked KTU 280 FN; Toyota sienna marked AAA 333 GH; and Toyota sienna marked FKJ 208 HV.
Miracle Obi, a suspect, was arrested last Friday in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos state with 1,006 ampoules of pentazocine injection, 50 tablets of tramadol 225mg, 89 bottles of codeine syrup, and 2,360 ampoules of diazepam injection. Another suspect, Kareem Mustapha, was apprehended earlier last Tuesday on the Lagos-Ibadan motorway with 25,000 tramadol pills and 5,900 ampoules of pentazocine injection.
Babafemi said: While 58 kilogrammes of cannabis were discovered in Jagindi village, Kafanchan local government area, Kaduna State last Friday, NDLEA operatives arrested Abdulqadir Muhammad, 34, with 45 kilogrammes of the same substance along the Kaduna-Zaria motorway. Salisu Yusuf, 20, was arrested with 30 kilogrammes of Arizona, a strain of cannabis, at the Njimtilo checkpoint in Borno state on Saturday, while Rabiu Husseini, 27, was arrested with 34 kilogrammes of cannabis on the Gwagwalada/Abuja highway on his way from Lagos to Katsina state last Wednesday.
On Friday, NDLEA officers on patrol along the Gashua-Baymari road in Busari local government area, Yobe state, apprehended Haladu Hassan with 160 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 50 kg.
According to him, a cocaine and heroin syndicate in Kano state was successfully dismantled with the arrest of 42-year-old Onyeka Uba in Kano’s Sabon Gari area last Monday, where 1.805 kilogrammes and 7 grammes of the illicit substances were recovered. Another suspect, 49-year-old Ubale Sani, was arrested with 51.5 kilogrammes of cannabis in Kano’s Chiromawa area.
According to the spokesman, NDLEA special operations officers disrupted the criminal activities of another cocaine syndicate in Abuja over the weekend, arresting three of the group’s leaders. Nnajiofor Celestine Kenechukwu, 41, and Okoro Chigozie Christian, 35, were apprehended last Friday at Paint House Hotel, Umar Garba Benna Street, 21 Road, First Avenue, Gwarimpa, Abuja, with 718 grammes of cocaine.
He stated that a follow-up operation at Okoro Chigozie’s residence at House 30, 69B Road 6th Avenue Gwarimpa resulted in the recovery of 19 blocks of Arizona, a strain of cannabis weighing 9.823 kilogrammes, and monetary exhibits worth N545,500 and $250, as well as property documents. They also recovered two vehicles: a 2007 Toyota Camry marked BWR 94 BM and a 2012 Toyota Camry marked RBC 154 BS.
He stated that another follow-up operation to Nnajiofor Celestine Kenechukwu’s residence at 49 Mercy Orjiakor Street, Becky Estate 11, Karu, Nasarawa state, last Saturday resulted in the recovery of various quantities of Arizona and methamphetamine, as well as the arrest of his girlfriend and accomplice, Ifemenam Oge.
He noted that the agency’s various commands across the country had continued the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign with the same zeal in the previous week.
Meanwhile, while congratulating the officers and men of the Lagos, Edo, Ondo, Kano, Borno, Kaduna, and FCT Commands, as well as the agency’s Special Operations unit, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), praised their counterparts in all commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures in schools, markets, motor parks, worship centres, and workplaces.


Obi Of Onitsha Describes Gov. Otti As ‘God-Sent’, Commissions Three Roads In Aba



*Gov Otti, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Emeruwa; and Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Linus Nto Mba during the road commissioning

One of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, has described Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, as “God-sent”, saying that the former banker is not just the pride of Abia, but Nigeria as a whole.

In a press statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Igwe Achebe proclaimed that God had sent Governor Otti to restore the glory of Abia and place the State at its place of pride as number one, after 24 years of decadence and “wandering in the wilderness”.

The revered Igbo traditional ruler and corporate titan noted that Abia, indeed Aba, people, are known for their resilience and entrepreneurial spirit, pointing out that since the assumption of office by Governor Otti, things have started to change for the better for the State.

He spoke Friday, in Aba, where he was given the honour of commissioning three roads reconstructed by the Governor Otti administration. The roads are Ehi, Kent and Old Court.

“It is a thing of great joy for me to be in Abia State today with you. Your son, Dr. Alex Otti, the pride of Abia, the pride of Nigeria, is God-sent at this time to rebuild Abia, to rebuild Aba for us. You know that Aba used to be number one in Nigeria, in enterprise, commerce, industry, and creativity.


“Just one year after Governor Otti assumed office in Abia, you can all see that things have begun to change for the better, and it will continue to get better and better after he does the first term of four years and another term of four years.

“So, it’s a thing of joy that we’re gathered here today. You elected him into office and I urge you to continue to support him, all of us will continue to support him and pray for him so that he will deliver on his promise to the people of Abia State.

“I have every confidence in him because we have worked together for many, many years. He is a man of his word. He will do more than he has done already. So, let’s continue to pray for him, for strength, and good health, to continue in his work,” Igwe Achebe implored the ecstatic crowd that milled around.

In his speech, Governor Otti emphasised that his administration is people-centric, noting that the most important part of governance is to work for the overall good of the people.

The Governor, while recalling the horrible state of the roads before reconstruction, said he was moved to intervene despite not being on the original list of roads to be constructed and expressed happiness over their completion in barely three months.


“When I came here in February, I came to inspect Port Harcourt Road and I wanted to see what was happening at Ndoki Road and from there I walked through this place and the Old Court Road, and what I saw shocked me.

“I knew the situation was bad but I didn’t know it was that bad, and I saw people, who were resilient with a lot of energy, sweeping through the pond which should have been a road, to access their shops, to access their places of livelihood.

“I was moved and I said even though this was not on the original list of priority projects for us this road had to be done. That is the genesis of this road.

“I gave instructions that I wanted this road fixed and I wanted it to be fixed the way our roads are fixed. I am happy that three months down the line the roads are now standing,” the Governor noted.

He stated that the roads were delivered to high-quality standards and specifications, and thanked the contractor, supervisors as well as the Direct Labour Agency of the Ministry of Works for collaborating to ensure timely delivery.


Governor Otti, who used the opportunity to announce that his administration would in June commence the reconstruction of Enyimba Hotel, Aba, to five-star standards, said it is all to make Aba one of the best cities in Nigeria.

“On the hill of the hotel will be a convention centre and then across the hotel, by the waterside, will be a state-of-the-art park and gardens. All these are geared towards making Aba one of the best cities in the Southeast if not Nigeria,” the Governor said.

While emphasising that his government came prepared to govern, Governor Otti stated that he is opening industrial layouts in the State, in addition to empowering the private sector to work and create employment opportunities for the people, and called on manufacturers and industrialists to come back and invest in the State.

He assured that under the present administration, Aba will regain her status in the comity of states across the country, adding that “never again will the people go back to Egypt.”

In an address earlier, the Commissioner for Works, Engr. Otumchere Oti said that the Old Court Road was earlier impassable before the Governor’s directive for its reconstruction, three months ago.


The Commissioner stated that the 561-meter-long road connects Ehi Road by Ngwa Road, adding that the road adorned with street lights, was done through direct labour by engineers from the State Ministry of Works.

He said that the 1.2km Kent by Ehi Road was done by a reputable construction firm and was carefully done to ensure the free flow of traffic, enhance socio-economic development and boost the state’s IGR. He urged residents to safeguard the infrastructure.



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Top 3 Markets In Onitsha Win Anambra Revenue Generating Markets Award



Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

By Chuks Eke*

Three major markets in Onitsha, Anambra state have so far won various categories of awards in the area of revenue generation. The awards came from the Editorial Board of FREENEWS Magazine, a Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based News Magazine.

The markets are Onitsha Main Market which won the Anambra State First Revenue Generating Market 2023 Award, while Ochanja Central Market won the Anambra State Fastest Growing Revenue Generating Market 2023 Award, just as Onitsha Bridgehead Drug Dealers Market (Ogbogwu) won the Anambra State Favourable Revenue Generating Market Award all in the Public Category.

In an individual category, the Chairman of Onitsha Drug (Ogbogwu) Market Caretaker Committee, Chief Chukwuleta Ndubuisi and his Main Market and Ochanja Central Market counterparts, Chief Innocent Ezeoha (Ezennia of Umuchu) and Chief Bonaventure Mmuo won Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship and Good Market Administration Awards.

Bestowing the awards on the markets and their chairmen, the Chairman of the Editorial Board of FREENEWS Magazine, Obinna Mbonu explained that it took time for the Editorial Board members to do thorough research and discover that these markets and their leaders keyed into Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s vision to make Anambra a liveable and prosperous home state through adequate revenue generation from the markets in the state.


Mbonu urged them to redouble their efforts towards generating more revenues from their markets to assist Soludo in transforming the state into an enviable status.

In their separate responses, the three market leaders, Chukwuleta, Ezeoha and Mmuo, flanked by executive members of their respective caretaker committees, commended FREENEWS Magazine Editorial Board members for their investigative acumen and charged other publishers to emulate them as watchdogs for a better society.

Chukwuleta, Ezeoha and Mmuo who described Soludo’s administration as the best so far among other previous regimes in the state, disclosed that they were able to raise their annual revenue generation profile from between N20 to N30 million to about N90 million and above per annum in each of the markets, which is why Soludo is currently brazing the trail in human capital and infrastructural developments.

They stated that even if Soludo refuses to go for a second tenure in 2025, they would plead with him to do so in the interest of God and humanity.

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FRSC Embarks On Sensitisation Campaign, Enlightenment For Drivers, Other Road Users



FRSC operatives

By Chuks Eke*

Members of RS5.3 Special Marshals, an arm of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC in Anambra State, have embarked on a sensitisation campaign and educational enlightenment for drivers and other road users in the state.

The campaign and sensitisation programmes are aimed at instilling good road attitude and other safety measures on our highways and above all saving lives and properties of Nigerians from perishing in road Carnages.

Coordinator of the FRSC Special Marshals in Anambra state, Patrick Esumai who spearheaded the sensitization programmes,, highlighted the importance of special marshals as a voluntary arm of FRSC which provides service to humanity in the area of teaching and encouraging motorists to obey all traffic rules to enhance sanity on our roads.

Esumai said, “This public enlightenment campaign is a vital role we carry out as special marshals in teaching and encouraging motorists/road users to obey all traffic rules. When people exhibit good behaviours on the road, road crashes would be avoided or at least minimised”.


“We act as a supporting pillar to FRSC and that is the reason Anambra State Special Marshals are currently engaged in building a Road Traffic Crash Clinic at Nteje Unit Command, which is intended to help accident victims get swift and proper medical attention with little resources”.

“We are therefore, soliciting from government, good-spirited philanthropists, corporate bodies, and individuals that have the interest of humanity at heart to join us in building this notable project as service to humanity”.

“The special marshals are men and women of proven integrity from all walks of life, as we are trying to work by the core values of FRSC; we encourage more people to join special marshal in service to God and humanity”.

This year’s public enlightenment lecture was delivered by the Coordinator of Unit 5 Special Marshal, Peter Nwaezuoke, on behalf of Esumai the State Coordinator

The exercise saw the corps visiting motor parks, roads, churches and other public places to campaign on the need for road users to exhibit good practices on the roads, teaching as well as encouraging motorists to obey all traffic rules and highway codes.


Stressing that the three main factors that cause accidents on the roads are human, ecological and environmental, Nwaezuoke stressed that it was its tradition to periodically sensitise the motoring public and other road users on good cultures and best road practices to avoid road crashes and minimise traffic congestion.

According to him, “This is advocacy and interventions we are carrying out as special marshals to sensitise the people on best road practices and safety measures. We started with a Thanksgiving Mass to thank God for keeping every member alive after our December and Easter patrols.

“Every year, members of Unit 5 of the federal arm of FRSC, go for its annual thanksgiving. The reason we do this is that we take it as a point of duty that after the patrols and God saved us on the roads, nobody was attacked or knocked down by vehicles, and neither was any accident recorded, we usually thank God and since we started it, no member has been attacked”.

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