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A 32 year-old Lagos based trader and suspected drug trafficker has died of cocaine ingestion at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja. The suspect identified as Ndulue Emmanuel Obiefuna collapsed at the departure hall and was taken to a nearby hospital. Ndulue was an intending passenger on an Ethiopian airline flight to China enroute Addis Ababa on July 5, 2015.
NDLEA commander at the Abuja Airport, Mr Hamisu Lawan said that the suspect confessed to cocaine ingestion at the hospital. “The deceased collapsed at the departure hall and was being attended to by Port Health officials. The collapse triggered our suspicion and a narcotic officer was assigned to monitor the development. When the suspect’s condition stabilized at the hospital, he confessed to cocaine ingestion. At that point, the NDLEA took over the case from the Port Health Services. He later died while receiving treatment” Hamisu stated.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has extolled the formulation of a National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) by the Nigerian Government. In a goodwill message at the occasion of the official launch of the Master Plan, UNODC congratulated the government and people of Nigeria for the important document and used the opportunity of the global focus on the drug problem to reiterate the call for sustained concerted efforts in the war against drugs and related organized crime in Nigeria. The UNODC also called for more access to improved drug abuse treatment.
It added that science and evidence-based practices must prevail in the delivery of prevention and treatment of drug use. Mr. Polleak Okserei who presented the goodwill message on behalf of the UNODC country representative said that “these approaches are the foundation for all our efforts. With nearly 200,000 drug-related deaths and with 1.65 million infected with HIV in 2013, access to evidence based prevention and treatment can sometimes be the difference between life and death. People also endure unbelievable pain due to lack of controlled medications for medical purposes. At present, only one in six people who use drugs globally has access to treatment. Women face numerous barriers to treatment while one in three drug users globally are women, only one in five drug users in treatment are women”.
The European Union, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reiterated the need for a global development without drugs. This was the central message as the world marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. The event was also used to launch three important documents; the National Drug Control Master Plan 2015-2019, the World Drug Report 2015 and the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) report 2014. The 2015 theme for the commemoration is Let’s Develop, Our Lives, Our Communities, Our Identities Without Drugs.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Ahmadu Giade told stakeholders that NDLEA’s counternarcotic measures have contributed positively to the socio-economic and political development of our country. “NDLEA played a very crucial role towards the peaceful conduct of the last general elections. This is because the monetary value of seized drugs and cannabis plant destroyed in 2014 hit a record high of 542 billion naira. This huge amount is mind blowing and has the capacity to derail the most credible election. Such proceeds can be used to either subvert the wishes of the electorates or instigate upheavals” Giade stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has discovered three clandestine laboratories used for illegal production of methamphetamine. The illegal drug factories were detected in Anambra State South East Nigeria. A suspected drug kingpin Mr. Chukwunwendu Sylvester Ikejiakwu aka Blessed who was arrested is said to be the owner of the laboratories and leader of an International Drug Trafficking Organisation (DTO) that recruits and sponsors drug couriers to China, Malaysia, Turkey and Italy. NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade said that there are evidences to successfully prosecute the suspect.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Aba-based 31-year-old single mother for concealing 430 grammes of heroin in her vagina in a bid to avoid arrest. The arrest took place at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight.
The sound of vehicles evacuating bags of cannabis woke up residents of Shagari Housing Estate, Akure on Thursday morning where officials of the Ondo State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) made a shocking discovery of 34,030kg of cannabis. This is single largest seizure of cannabis since the establishment of the State command. The discovery of the secret cannabis warehouse in the heart of Akure, the State capital was based on a tip-off.
Twelve vehicles were used to convey the illicit drug between 4am to about 830pm. The total weight of the seized drug is 34,030kg with an estimated street value of 364 million naira.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has called on members of the public to be cautious of plot by drug barons to recruit drug mules to smuggle locally grown cannabis to countries with capital punishment for drugs like United Arab Emirates and China. Giade revealed that the NDLEA had foiled several attempts by drug barons to smuggle cannabis in foodstuff outside the country. Three suspects including a female had been caught with 58.755kg of cannabis destined for Dubai and China at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade has decried the unfortunate plight of some citizens who are awaiting execution on drug related offences in Indonesia. Giade said that despite the deplorable condition of those on death row and the efforts of the government to intervene through presidential clemency, the Agency is still recording arrests of suspected drug traffickers.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have aborted a plot by a Nigerian based in Johannesburg to smuggle 36.850kg of narcotic drugs to South Africa. The shipment was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja during the outward screening of an Ethiopian Airline flight. The suspected substances hidden in his luggage were field tested and found to be methamphetamine weighing 17.700kg and ephedrine weighing 19.150kg with an estimated monetary value of 120 million naira.
NDLEA commander at Abuja airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan said that few days after the arrest of Ilo Chidera Alex with 15.850kg of cocaine concealed inside make-up brushes from Sao Paulo enroute Dubai, the command has recorded the seizure of 36.850kg of methamphetamine and ephedrine.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has drawn the attention of applicants to illegal websites calling for application for eligible candidates stressing that the Agency is currently not recruiting. Giade called on members of the public to beware of the activities of criminals who sell fake recruitment forms and extort money under false pretext. He dismissed claims of on-going internal recruitment and vehicle auction sales.
According to Giade, “NDLEA is not conducting recruitment and vehicle auction sales. This is a calculated move to defraud unsuspecting applicants. Members of the public should please watch out for those who claim to be selling NDLEA forms and report to the nearest command of the Agency. We have received reports of fake websites advertising NDLEA recruitment. Some of the fraudsters had been apprehended by the Agency following complaints by some victims who were duped”.
He urged members of the public to endeavour to visit any NDLEA office closest to them to verify any claim before committing resources to avoid being swindled. Giade also warned that the Agency will prosecute anyone found to be involved in defrauding innocent citizens under the guise of NDLEA recruitment or vehicle auction sales.
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