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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.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) has ordered investigation into the arrest of three Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia in connection with substances suspected to be cocaine. Abdallah who expressed disappointment over the unfortunate incident constituted a panel of inquiry headed by the Director of Operations and General Investigation, Mr. Olugbenga Mabo to immediately investigate the incident adding that the Agency will address the situation with every sense of seriousness and urgency. The Agency had also deployed more investigators to all the screening camps nationwide.
Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have detected parcels of cocaine hidden inside the sole of shoes. The consignment of shoes where the cocaine was discovered was said to have originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The owner of the luggage have been arrested while two other suspected drug traffickers that tested positive and excreted narcotic are also being investigated. A white powdery substance found to be cocaine with a total weight of 3.950kgs were seized from the suspects.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called on members of the public to be mindful of the activities of fraudsters who pose as recruitment agents of the NDLEA and report promptly to the authority for necessary action. The Agency will arrest and prosecute those involved in the criminal act.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) said that as Nigeria joins the world in marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which holds on June 26, concerted effort is needed against the threat posed by narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are interrogating a South Africa based evangelist over 165kgs of narcotics drugs seized at Apapa Seaport, Lagos. The 92kgs of methamphetamine and 73kgs of ephedrine were detected inside two containers of foodstuff meant for export to South Africa. The arrest and seizure is a product on intense undercover operation by the NDLEA. The estimated street value of the drugs is 1.4 billion naira.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) has promised to dismantle drug syndicates in the country. Abdallah gave the assurance as the Agency released its scorecard at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos between January and June 2016. Sixty-three (63) suspected drug traffickers were arrested with 484.11kgs of drugs. Suspected drug barons also abandoned 336.090kgs of the seized drugs.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and other stakeholders have called for intensified efforts in the fight against drug trafficking in the country. Dalung said that all over the world, governments are committing billions of dollars to fight the menace of drug abuse.
According to the minister, "investing in social programmes that discourage young people from going into drugs will yield fruitful results in the long run. The Youth and Sports Ministry will collaborate with the NDLEA in minimising the abuse of drugs and other substances especially among the youth".
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has led other stakeholders in a sensitisation road walk against drug abuse and trafficking. The walk is part of activities marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which holds on June 26. The Director General of the NDLEA, Mrs Roli Bode-George who led other stakeholders during the walk in Lagos said that it was aimed at creating awareness on the dangers of substance abuse.
To become the most proactive and leading drug law enforcement Agency on the African Continent and one of the best in the world through the provision of effective and efficient services to Nigerians by cutting off the supply of illicit drugs, reducing the
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