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Eze Obosi, Igwe Umueri, Others Pay Special Tributes To Adeoye, Anambra Names Street After Him



By Chuks Eke


The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra State, Godwin Ndidi Aghaulor has charged all ranks and files within the formation comprising Anambra and Enugu states to emulate the level of quality service deliveries rendered by the retiring Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP, Aderemi Adeoye to the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.


He said by so doing, each of them would retire from the force in peace and glamour without blemish at the end of their service years as is in the case of Adeoye who pulled out on Saturday after 35 years of meritorious services to his fatherland.



AIG Aghaulor who spoke to newsmen at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Awka in the form of a glowing tribute, during a ceremony marking Adeoye’s pullout from the force, said it is a thing of joy for a police officer to serve and retire in flying colours and that is what every civil and public servant is praying for.


Activities marking the event had commenced earlier in the day with a pullout parade at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the state capital.



Among others who also paid tributes to the outgoing CP Adeoye were the traditional ruler of Obosi, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, his Umueri counterpart, Igwe Ben Emeka and the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Ify Obinabo.


In their separate speeches, Igwe Iweka, Igwe Emeka and Ify Obinabo lauded the efforts of Adeoye for ensuring prompt interventions during criminal activities, particularly armed robbery, kidnapping, 419, cult and child-trafficking-related crimes.


They therefore urged the Inspector-General of Police, IGP to deploy a replica of Adeoye to Anambra state to continue with his good works.


Adeoye pulled out of service 10 months after leading the police architecture in Anambra State as CP in Anambra state, having been appointed by the Police Service Commission, PSC on June 30, 2023, to replace Echeng Echeng, who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General, AIG of Police and redeployed to Zone 9, Umuahia.

During the ceremonial pull-out parade, Adeoye noted that he had been at various police units and performed very well, adding that he served under many police commissioners.

He added that he was fully prepared for the job when he assumed office, which was why he was able to tackle the security challenges in Anambra, reducing them to the barest minimum.

During the ceremony, the commissioner said throughout his service, he equipped himself through training, both in Nigeria and abroad, including financial education that led to the founding of an investment club, Alpha Trust Investment Club in 2018.

He said the club currently has investments worth over N20 billion, and that as he retires, he is going into business full time, and that he was set to give Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote a run for his money.


He said, “I have been through militancy in Niger Delta, Boko Haram in North-East, fought IPOB militancy in the South-East, and I am glad that I am alive today, despite gunfire and bombs we have encountered, I do not have any scare on me.

“I thank NPF for the opportunity to serve and Nigeria for investing in me through training at home and abroad. I have been privileged to be trained in Ghana, England, Israel, California and more.

“I have served abroad in the United Nations, and this career gave me opportunities for self-development, and these have prepared me for retirement. It’s been a unique privilege serving Anambra.

“I am proud of my men at Anambra State Police command. You are gallant, heroic and never giving up. We didn’t achieve anything through individual efforts but with other sister agencies.

“In 2028, I founded an investment club, Alpha Trust Investment Club Limited. We started it with a modest sum of N54 million, but today we have investments worth over N20 billion.


“That will be my full-time business from Wednesday, May 1. We have been investing and now we want to go into full-time business and we will in the next 10 years give Dangote a run for his money.”

Earlier, the Anambra State governor, Prif. Chukwuma Soludo, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim praised Adeoye for his efforts in helping to fight insecurity in the state.

He said, “There’s a time to start and a time to begin and a time to end everything. We knew today would come. The CP came to Anambra and has played his role meritoriously. He came when Soludo was tackling insecurity and people were in the bush fighting lawful citizens.

“Adeoye came in at the same time with his style and dedication, sincerity of purpose and doggedness and within a short space, Anambra is now calm. It is not over until it is over and the fight is still sustained”.

“If it were in our hands, we would say let this good man continue. because we are happy with his work. A street has been named after him and he has many awards too. I am happy to proclaim that you are now a citizen of Anambra. We wish you well in your future endeavours.”

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Police Nab Security Guard For Allegedly Stabbing Teenage Boy To Death



By Chuks Eke*

A security guard attached to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church parish, Nkpor Uno in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state is now cooling off at Ogidi Police station for allegedly stabbing a teenage ex-student of the parish secondary school to death with a dagger.

The guard simply identified as David Isaac, an indigene of Kogi state under the employ of Diamond Security Company, according to the source, had pierced the dagger through the neck of the victim during a scuffle and before he could be rushed to a nearby Crown hospital, for a medical attention, he bled to death as the authorities confirmed him dead.

According to the source, trouble started when the guard was foot-patrolling around the church premises and he claimed to have seen the victim having sexual intercourse with his girlfriend inside the Church Chapel at about 8 p.m. on that fateful day.

The source further stated that when the guard queried the teenage boy as to why he was allegedly having intercourse inside a holy place like a Chapel, the victim denied having sex with the girl but insisted that he was only praying with the girl and not having sex.


When the guard insisted that he saw them having the sex, the victim allegedly flayed up and engaged him in a hot argument which nearly ended up in a fisticuff between the duo and it was at this point that the guard applied his dagger on the victim.

The Parish Priest of St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Peter Okoli could not be reached when newsmen visited the church premises to ascertain what was Ami’s but a top official of the parish who pleaded anonymity, confirmed that the suspect had been handed over to the police for further investigations, adding that the church has beefed up security within the premises since the incident occurred because friends and relations of the victim were threatening to burn down the premises in a protest.

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO at Ogidi Police Division, Frank Amobi, CSP, simply confirmed the incident and explained that the suspect was in their custody, declined further details and referred newsmen to the state police spokesman.

The state police spokesman, SP Ikenga told newsmen on the phone yesterday that he was yet to get the detailed report of the incident, even as he promised to make the report available as soon as it is ready.


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Marwa Insists Drug Law Enforcement Must Keep Up With Dynamics Of Crime




Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, has stated that the illicit drug landscape was rapidly changing, and modern drug law enforcement needed to keep up with the dynamic.

He delivered the verdict at a journalist training session organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to increase the fight against drug trafficking and wildlife crimes in Nigeria.

Marwa stated that the media, as a critical partner, must be well-informed about these shifting trends.

Marwa stated at the training, which was organised by the two agencies in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, that “there have been recent calls for training of journalists in various activities aimed at combating the abuse and trafficking of illicit substances.

“This also implies that such training should not only strengthen the capacity of anti-drug organisations. It should also reform its systems and processes, instilling the essence of best practices.


He stated: “At NDLEA, we yearn for training, and UNODC has been forthcoming, providing various capacity development training over the last three years.”

While emphasising the importance of journalists understanding key issues of public impact and reporting them in the proper context for data interpretation, UNODC Country Representative Oliver Stolpe stated that data is critical to understanding the prevalence and frequency of scientific issues of concern.

Stolpe, while lamenting the impact of organised wildlife crime, said, “I would like to draw your attention to a much less cited study on cannabis cultivation in Nigeria. It covered six states, was published about two years ago, and established, among other things, that there is a direct link between deforestation and drug cultivation.

“We need to improve our reporting on wildlife and forest crime. I am very pleased to see so much interest in the subject.

“This is a critical issue for Nigeria. It is a much larger challenge than I believe we were aware of, even a few years ago when no one was talking about wildlife and forest crime.


Stolpe stated that UNODC’s primary collaboration with the media has been to ensure effective information dissemination through meaningful press releases, interviews, and other media events.

He stated, “We have always made it clear that we distinguish between drug trafficking crimes and the issue of drug use, which we consider to be primarily a health issue and should be addressed as such.

“Addiction is a medical condition; it is not an option. As a result, people who are addicted to drugs may have them.

“They should be treated primarily as patients, with access to the treatment and counselling services they require to overcome their respective drug use condition,” he stated.

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Why NDLEA Hunts A Couple After Arresting 4 Cartel Members Over Cocaine Seizures



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Wanted couple

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has explained why it declared a couple, Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade (alias Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun) and Rashidat Ayinke Owoalade (alias Bolarinwa Rashidat Ayinke), wanted.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the anti-narcotics agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the married couple was declared wanted following the arrest of four members of their syndicate in Lagos, where a Sports Utility Vehicle was recovered and two houses traced to them were sealed for forfeiture to the Federal Government.

According to Babafemi, two members of the syndicate, Imran Olalekan and Ishola Olalekan, were arrested on April 3, 2024, after attempting to export 3.4 kilogrammes of cocaine on a Qatar Airlines flight to Oman via Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

He claimed that while Imran was the courier transporting the drug consignment to Oman, Ishola recruited him for the cartel’s leader, Alhaji Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade, whose Indian residence permit bears the name Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun who is based in India.

He revealed that efforts to dismantle his network in Nigeria paid off after five weeks of surveillance and follow-up operations, when another member of the syndicate, Hamed Saheed, who works directly with the baron, was apprehended last Tuesday in Lagos’ Abule Egba area. He went on to say that it was Saheed who put Imran in a hotel the day before his aborted trip to Oman and dropped him and Ishola off at the Lagos airport the day they were arrested.

He revealed that during a search of Saheed’s home, NDLEA agents discovered 900 grammes of phenacetine, a cocaine-cutting agent. He admitted that the recovered substance was the remainder of Imran’s consignment to Oman on the day he was arrested.


Saeed’s arrest prompted a follow-up operation at the Owoalade couple’s home at 20 Eyiaro Street, Ogudu Orioke, Lagos, where another suspect was arrested and a new model Toyota RAV4 SUV marked FKJ-773 JJ belonging to Rashidat and an additional 400 grammes of cocaine were recovered, in addition to already prepared suitcases to be used for illicit drug concealment, digital weighing scales, and other paraphernalia;

He added that last Wednesday, NDLEA officers from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) attached to a courier firm in Lagos intercepted two parcels containing cocaine and amphetamine concealed in steel bolts and shea butter. While the cocaine weighed 587 grammes and was concealed in eight steel bolt screws going to China, the amphetamine
A shipment packed in vape pens and hidden in shea butter was destined for the United Kingdom.

He said that Emeka Nwadiaro (a.k.a Mega) attempted to export 3.6 kilogrammes. Loud, a strain of cannabis concealed in 36 water flasks bound for Dubai, UAE, was also intercepted at a logistics company in Port Harcourt, Rivers state last Thursday, while a quick follow-up operation resulted in the arrest of the consignment’s owner, Emeka Nwadiaro, in Onitsha, Anambra state the same day.

He stated that NDLEA agents in Lagos intercepted a Mercedes Benz bus loaded with 840 kilogrammes of cannabis and arrested the driver, Samuel Henry, in Olojo, Ojo LGA, Lagos. Another suspect, Lawal Adam, was apprehended last Friday along Otukpo road, Aliade, Benue state, with 75,000 opioid pills, including tramadol and exol-5. Olisa Etisi, 32, and Jonathan Umeh, 25, were arrested on the Owerri-Onitsha road in Imo state after NDLEA agents discovered a large gas cylinder used to conceal six blocks of Loud, a strain of cannabis weighing 3.85 kilogrammes.

In Borno state, 70-year-old Adamu Mohammed was arrested last Thursday at Mbulamel, Biu local government area, with 2 kilogrammes of cannabis and 33.55 grammes of diazepam, while 27-year-old Gaddafi Sani was arrested with 30 kilogrammes of cannabis along the Abuja-Kaduna road in Kaduna.


In Yobe state, NDLEA officers discovered a consignment of 91.1 kilogrammes of opioids and 13 kilogrammes of cannabis on the Potiskum-Damaturu road and arrested the driver, Ismaila Ali.

He stated that four suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure of 2,025 pieces of improvised explosive devices (IED) materials intercepted by NDLEA officers on the Agaie-Lapai road in Niger state. While Abdulrauf Adeyemi, 46, and Asmiyu Rahim, 45, who were transporting the IED materials, were apprehended on the spot, follow-up operations resulted in the arrests of Husaini Abdullahi, 25, at Sokoto main market, Sokoto, and Nazifi Abdullahi, 37, at Naibawa Motor Park, Kano, last Friday.

Meanwhile, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (Retd), Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, has ordered that all four suspects and the explosive materials be transferred to the appropriate security agency for further investigation. Muhammad Lawal, 42, was arrested at Central Market Motor Park in Katsina State with 1,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection.

Last Friday, NDLEA officers raided a house in the Obola community, Owan West local government area, Edo state, and recovered 105 kilogrammes of cannabis. A suspect, Gloria Oris, was arrested. Two suspects in Kwara state, Abdulganiyu Karaman, 55, and Sunday Abel, 37, were arrested on Saturday, May 18th, with 83 kilogrammes of cannabis and tramadol in Boriya, Baruten local government area, and Offa, respectively.

He noted that the various Agency commands across the country continued the War Against Drug Abuse, or WADA, advocacy campaign with the same vigour in the previous week.


While congratulating the officers and men of the MMIA, Rivers, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno, Niger, Benue, Kwara, Imo, and Edo Commands of the Agency, as well as those of DOGI, on their outstanding feats in the past week, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) stated that the efforts have further affirmed the NDLEA’s central role in the country’s security architecture. He also praised their counterparts in all commands across the country for stepping up their WADA advocacy lectures to strike a balance between drug supply and demand reduction activities.

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