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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has prevented a suspected Nigerian drug trafficker from execution in China. The Agency’s intervention again had brought to the fore the grave consequences of drug trafficking. The suspect, Salawu Adebayo Shamsideen, 31, a trader at Lagos Island was intercepted by anti-narcotics operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the outward screening of passengers on Qatar Airways flight to China. Two kilogrammes of substance that tested positive to methamphetamine using the United Nations drug testing kit was allegedly recovered from his luggage. The drug which was concealed in the false bottom of his bag was found to be carefully wrapped with carbon paper.
As investigation into the unlawful importation of 130kg of heroin from Iran at the Tin Can Island Port intensifies, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade has placed Nigeria-Brazil route on red alert to counter moves by drug trafficking syndicates. This followed the interception of 17.500kg of cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The illicit substance that was imported from Brazil was hidden in plastic pipes, bed sheets and a pair of shoes. 10.500kg was concealed in eighteen (18) plastic pipes allegedly imported by one Ntinulu-Ojulu Michael Papulu Chukwu, 43, aboard Qatar Airways flight. Also 6kg of cocaine concealed in bed sheets was found in the bag of one Ani Emeka Michael, 31, while 1kg was recovered in a pair of shoes belonging to one Isiwele Gabriel Hase, 40.
NDLEA INTERCEPTS 130KG HEROIN WORTH $9.9 MILLION DESTINED FOR EUROPE AS US-NIGERIA RELATIONS IN DRUG CONTROL DEEPENS
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade has said that the large seizure of heroin intercepted by the Agency at theTin Can Island Container Terminal Apapa Lagos was destined for Europe. Giade who described the seizure as exciting stressed that smuggling the drug to Europe would have financially empowered drug criminals with over $9.9 million save for the prompt intervention of the Agency.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) are fine-tuning efforts to enhance smooth interface in the fight against money laundering in the country. This was disclosed on Monday September 20, 2010 during a visit by IMF technical team to the NDLEA headquarters in Lagos.
Satisfied with anti-drug campaign efforts of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the United States government has gone a step higher than the usual annual drug certification of the country to outright removal of Nigeria from the majors list. The removal which is an acknowledgement of the Agency’s current drug control achievements is contained in the 2010 annual drug certification report presented to congress by President Barack Obama yesterday. This is the first time the country will be delisted from the drug majors list since 1991.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has thrown more light on what the country stands to benefit from its recent delisting from United States’ drug major list a few days ago.
President Barack Obama was said to have acknowledged the country’s anti-drug efforts and called for support from international community.
While delisting Nigeria, Obama said Nigeria, a worldwide drug trafficking focal point, makes counternarcotics a top national security concern for the country.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade has kicked out against the granting of bail to accused persons standing trial over drug charges in the country. The position of the NDLEA boss was necessitated by the re-arrest of an accused person currently standing trial at the Federal High Court in Lagos in connection with drug trafficking. The suspect Ejiro Henry from Edo State was first arrested on May 25 for allegedly ingesting 73 wraps of substance that tested positive to cocaine weighing 1.285kg during screening of Alitalia passengers to Italy.
The collaboration between the United States and Nigeria in drug control will further lead to intense crackdown on illicit drug trafficking cartels in West Africa. This was disclosed in Lagos on Thursday during the visit of the US Consul General Mr. Joseph Stafford to the Agency’s headquarters. The Consul General who congratulated Nigerians reiterated United States determination to sustain cooperation in drug control.
According to Stafford, the importance of Nigeria in ensuring peace and stability in the West African sub-region cannot be ignored. "The United States is determined to sustain cooperation with the country in narcotic control. I congratulate you over the removal of Nigeria from the majors list. We shall continue to support and work with you in checkmating narcotic smuggling. We recognise the importance of Nigeria in ensuring peace and stability in the region" Stafford stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has ruled out a possible hijack of its ongoing recruitment exercise by drug barons and major traffickers, stressing that the process will be transparent, corruption free and will be followed by series of vetting exercises before, during and after employment.
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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