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NDLEA seizes Abuja-bound ‘laughing gas’ consignments, intercepts illicit drugs in Lagos, Kogi, others

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NDLEA seizes Abuja-bound ‘laughing gas’ consignments, intercepts illicit drugs in Lagos, Kogi, others

Over four tons of illicit and controlled drugs including consignments of nitrous oxide popularly known as laughing gas, skunk, codeine syrup, methamphetamine and tramadol have been intercepted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, during interdiction operations in Lagos, Kogi, FCT, Jigawa, Kaduna, Sokoto and Edo states.

A statement signed by spokesman of the anti-narcotic agency, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday, also said 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilograms loaded in two Toyota Sienna buses were on Friday 22nd September intercepted by NDLEA operatives along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway.

According to the statement : “Two suspects: Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe who were taking the consignments to the nation’s Federal Capital Territory for distribution have been arrested and taken into custody.

” While one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200kgs, the second bus with registration number FKJ 329 YA was conveying 100 cartons of the substance with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280kgs. A 48-year-old woman, Mrs. Ugo Eluba was also arrested in Abuja in a follow up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi state were traced to her.

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“In the FCT, operatives intercepted 977 kilograms of skunk on Wednesday 20th September in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, bearing cartons of maggi. The skunk consignment was loaded into the truck at Ipele junction in Ondo state. While 959kgs of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto state, the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada. Two suspects: Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar have been arrested in connection with the seizure, while two other suspects: Mutari Abdulazeez, 31, and Ayuba Madaki, 28, were also arrested on Saturday 23rd September at Zuba area of the FCT with different quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis and 13, 930 pills of tramadol.

“In the same vein, Shuaibu Yusif, 27, and Abubakar Hussaini, 20, were on Saturday 23rd September nabbed with 89.1kgs of skunk along Kano -Hadejia road, Jigawa state during a stop and search patrol by NDLEA operatives.

” No fewer than 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection were recovered from a suspect, Usman Musa Sidi, 35, on Monday 18th September along Abuja – Forest road, Kaduna while on his way to Bauchi state. A follow up operation in Bauchi led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Dominic Chukwuma, 35, on Tuesday 19th September, with at least 2.58kgs of Diazepam and 36.55kgs of pentazocine injection recovered from his home. Two other suspects: Inuwa Nuhu and Isiyaku Dahiru Sani were also arrested same Tuesday in connection with the seizure of 49 blocks of cannabis sativa concealed in a black sack weighing 26kgs in a commercial vehicle coming from Ogere, Ogun state to Kano.

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“While a total of 183kgs of Ghana Loud, a strain of cannabis, were recovered from body compartments of a J5 bus intercepted in Lagos on Wednesday 20th September, operatives in Sokoto, on Tuesday 19th September arrested one Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup at Unguwar Kosai area of Sokoto. In Edo state, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258kgs were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA.

“In a massive operation between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th September, NDLEA operatives stormed thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where they destroyed 40 tons (40,000 kilograms) of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.”

NDLEA seizes Abuja-bound ‘laughing gas’ consignments, intercepts illicit drugs in Lagos, Kogi, others

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Court turns down ex-power minister’s request for overseas medical trip

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Court turns down ex-power minister’s request for overseas medical trip

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on Wednesday refused to grant an application filed by Dr Olu Agunloye, a former minister of power and steel, seeking to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting him over certain infractions regarding the $ 6 billion Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station in Taraba.

Agunloye, who served as a minister in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is being prosecuted by EFCC, on behalf of the Federal Government, before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie.

He was charged in the suit, marked FCT/HC/CR/617/22, with a seven-count charge bordering on forgery, disobedience of presidential order and corruption.

He was alleged to have , among others, on May 22, 2003 awarded a contract titled “Construction of 3,960 megawatt Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station on build, operate and transfer basis to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited without any budgetary provision, approval and cash backing.

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The prosecution also alleged that it traced some suspicious payments made by Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited to the former minister’s accounts.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Delivering a ruling, Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie, held that the defendant failed to adduce sufficient evidence to show that his ailment could not be treated by a hospital in Nigeria.

He therefore dismissed his application to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The judge subsequently, adjourned until Sept 23 for continuation of trial.

On January 11, Agunloye was arraigned on a seven-count charge bordering on fraudulent award of contract and official corruption.

The court admitted him to bail in the sum of N50 million.

The court also seized his passport as one of the bail conditions.

Agunloye, through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe, SAN, had applied for the release of his passport to enable him travel.

At the last adjourned date, Adedipe said his client needed urgent medical attention abroad.

Some of the documents tendered by the defence lawyer included medical reports from University College Hospital, Ibadan and the NISA Premier Hospital, Abuja.

The defendant also included a letter from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and an invitation from a foreign medical analyst requesting him to travel abroad for an urgent medical evaluation.

However, the application was opposed by the EFCC which claimed the former minister was a flight risk, having amply demonstrated unwillingness to present himself for trial until he was declared wanted.

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Bayelsa varsity final-year student killed over N150 levy

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Bayelsa varsity final-year student killed over N150 levy

A final year student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) Wilberforce Island, Francis Palowei, was st*bbed to d3ath by some youths over 500 levy in Amassoma community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The student of the Social Science Education Department was k!lled at a popular sand dump on Monday, July 15, 2024, when he refused to give the youths N150.

A resident of the community, who spoke to Daily Trust on the condition of anonymity, said the sand dump is a popular spot where students often go to relax and socialize.

He said some youths of the area, seeing the concentration of students around the sand dump, took it upon themselves to levy any students that came to that spot to relax, especially those who wanted to climb to the top.

He said on Monday evening, the student went to the spot with some of his friends and was heading to the top of the dump when some youths demanded N500 instead of the “regular N150 levy.”

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An argument was said to have ensued after which the youths invited others, including a notorious cultist, to attack Palowei. Unfortunately, Palowei died during the attack

He described the student as a promising young man with a bright future, adding that his murder had left his family, friends, and the entire university community in mourning.

The deceased, who was a native of Obrigbene town in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, was expected to graduate on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, when the university will hold its next convocation.

It was also gathered that the deceased’s father is a high-ranking police officer.

The Public Relations Officer at Niger Delta University, Mr Ndoni Igezi, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, July 17, described it as unfortunate, stating that police were already on the matter to curtail any escalation.

“The sand dump is located at the end of the community. Though the owner of the dump is not charging any fees for it, some youths in the community normally collect N150 to allow people to climb to the top to have fun.

The spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Musa Muhammed, who confirmed the incident said the Commissioner of Police had already deployed additional security personnel to the area to restore calm and orderliness.

He also stated that police were on the trail of the suspected killers.

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

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Ignore Igboho’s eviction order, police tell herders

The Oyo State Police Command has warned civilians to ignore a viral video posted on social media by suspected separatist groups issuing eviction orders to herders in the state’s Igboho area.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, issued the statement in Ibadan on Wednesday.

Osifeso claimed that the video, which leaked online in the early hours of Tuesday, was expressly created by mischief-makers to undermine the state’s relative quiet by encouraging violence and civil unrest.

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“The Oyo State Police Command wishes to dispel unfounded rumours and speculations across certain segments, making the round on social media, over the purported eviction of herders at Igboho, Oorelope, and local government areas by suspected separatist group members as misleading and complete falsehood.

“No notice of eviction was pronounced by any individual or group on anyone at any period in time,” Osifeso said.

He stated that the state commissioner of police, Ayodele Sonubi, has directed the supervising area commander in charge to personally lead confidence-building patrols and improve the visibility of personnel throughout the jurisdiction.

Osifeso further stated that more command operational, intelligence, and tactical assets had been deployed to avert any unforeseen incidents.

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