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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested an importer of electronics on his way to Hong Kong for ingesting cocaine. Another suspect who lives in Athens, Greece was also apprehended in connection with unlawful possession of wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine. The arrests were made at the Murtalla Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Hong Kong and Egypt Airline flight to Athens.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspects had targeted the Christmas holiday to smuggle cocaine out of the country but drug law enforcement officials at the Lagos airport were able to uncover their plan. The total weight of cocaine seized from the suspects is 1.150kgs.
A drug convict, Aluagwu Lawrence, 32, of Iju Ishaga Lagos who was sentenced to life imprisonment for possessing 220 grammes of cannabis has taken the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to the Court of Appeal in contention of the sentence awarded him at the Federal High Court. In response to the motion of appeal, the NDLEA at the weekend filed its brief of argument and March 27, 2017 was fixed for the commencement of the argument of the motion of appeal.
The appellant counsel, Barrister Vincent Nwanna in his submission stated that the 25 years sentence by the Federal High Court on his client for possessing 200 grammes of cannabis is excessive and should be reviewed by the Appeal court. However, the NDLEA counsel, Barrister Jeremiah Aernan said that the Agency has a superior argument because the convict pleaded guilty before the Federal High Court and that the NDLEA Act does not differentiate between quantities of drugs found on dealers.
Meanwhile the Lagos command of the NDLEA arrested 274 suspected drug dealers in 2016 and successfully won the conviction of two hundred and twelve (212) drug dealers comprising 205 males and seven females. This is the highest conviction recorded by the Lagos command. The convicts got various jail term including life imprisonment with hard labour. However, one Joy Amah 34 year old caught with 45.2kg of cannabis was convicted and pardoned by Justice Shagari on the ground that she was five months pregnant and had spent three months in custody.
The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong and the Chairman/Chief Executive, of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd) have called for the strengthening of the legal framework to effectively clamp down on drug barons and their accomplices in the country. This call was made at the Regional Academy for Drug Control (RADC) in Jos, the capital of Plateau State at the occasion of the 2016 Command Officers' Summit.
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Symington W. Stuart has tasked commanders of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on global best practices in counter-narcotics campaign and promised to partner with Nigeria in the dismantling of drug cartels through manpower training and development. Stuart said that he came to Jos, Plateau State to meet with the commanders as a priority considering the benefits of winning the war against drug organized criminal groups. The theme of the summit is Change Begins with Me: Repositioning NDLEA for Effective and Efficient Performance towards A Drug-Free Nigeria.
While expressing confidence on Nigeria's capability to successfully prosecute the drug war, the envoy assured of America's continued collaboration in the fight against drugs. "I am delighted that we have started and we must continue to work together and talk to stakeholders of our collective responsibilities. If you think of any problem to tackle, I trust you to come up with a way to do it better. Whatever efforts you are making in the drug war will not end with you because the benefits are for your children, generations unborn and the world at large" the Ambassador stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called on schools, parents and stakeholders to support the fight against drug abuse and trafficking. The Agency made the call at a public presentation of a student handbook on drug abuse awareness and prevention written by The Drug Salvation Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). The Agency in partnership with the foundation will provide free copies of the book to students as a way of addressing the challenge of drug and substance abuse in schools.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have destroyed two thousand three hundred and seventeen bags of cannabis weighing 30,992kgs. Sixty seven bags were also transferred to Osun State Command of the NDLEA as exhibits for further investigation. The cannabis will also serve as evidence against eleven suspected farmers arrested during operation inside cannabis plantation.
The exhibits with an estimated street value of three hundred and nine million naira (N309,000,000) were found in twenty Seven camps used as storage facilities located within a farmland at Orita-Ijebu forest reserve, Ikoyi area of Ikire in Ayedade LGA of Osun State. The Agency noted that drug cartels have invaded government forest reserves for the cultivation of cannabis.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has concluded arrangement toarraign four suspected members of an international drug trafficking syndicate that specializes in smuggling narcotic drugs with fake security escort vehicles with siren. All four defendants will appear before Honorable Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State on Friday November 11, 2016. Officers attached to the Edo State command intercepted the convoy of a Ford pickup and a Toyota Tundra while conveying 34.2kg of methamphetamine from Lagos. The substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was concealed in cartons containing computer accessories. The estimated street value of the drug in Europe and Asia is about 24 million dollars.
NDLEA Edo State commander, Buba Wakawa gave the names of the defendants as Kaodilichi Obi Paul, 32 years old and Joseph Iloh, 54 years old as well as two drivers, Eke Cyprian, 55 years old, and Chinonso Maduekesi, 31 years old. According to the commander, "this is the largest seizure of methamphetamine by the State command. The arrest was made along Lagos-Benin Bye pass. The drug tested positive for methamphetamine, weighed 34.2kg and all is now set for the defendants to be arraigned in court".
A commercial tricycle rider in Owerri and an Abuja based trader have been apprehended by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos in connection with unlawful importation of 6.390kg of substances that tested positive for heroin. One of the suspected traffickers was caught on arrival from Kigali, Rwanda while the other was nabbed on arrival from Nairobi, Kenya. The drug with an estimated street value of five hundred and seventy-five (575) million naira was hidden in their luggage.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba gave the names of the suspects as Egwim Cajetan Chinedu, 32 caught with 3.900kg of heroin and King Sunday, 38, found in possession of 2.490kg of heroin. According to Ahmadu, "Egwim arrived from Kigali on Rwand Airline flight while King Sunday imported the drug found on him from Nairobi during inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight. Both suspects are being investigated".Preliminary investigation by the Agency however indicated that drug trafficking cartels are gradually changing their mode of operation by turning to African countries in sourcing narcotic drugs like heroin. Both suspects were also recruited for a fee to import the drugs into the country. Egwim Cajetan Chinedu who is not married said that he needed money to repair his commercial tricycle while King Sunday who left his wife after four days of marriage on the guise of a business trip said that he needed money for his honeymoon and business.