The combined troops of 4 Brigade and 32 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army Exercise Crocodile Smile IV have recovered eight dane guns and 725 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis.
The operation was in a joint operation with personnel of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Maj. Ojo Adenegan, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Benin.
Adenegan said that the recovery was made during a raid at Ivbiodohen Forest, in Ivibiodohen Village, 5 Kilometers from Uzebba community in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.
He explained that during the operation, the troops raided three different camps with warehouses at various points for storing marijuana.
Adenegan said that in camp one, the combined team recovered 19 jumbo bags, containing 32 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis, and 22 bags containing 10 blocks of same substance.
Another 18 bags containing the same substance, but yet to be parked as well as eight locally made guns.
He revealed that in camp two, the troops recovered eight bags of substance suspected to be cannabis and discovered suspected cannabis plantation.
Adenegan said that in Camp three, the troops recovered 545 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis, 113 jumbo bags of the substance suspected to be cannabis seeds and arrested one suspect in connection with the crime.
He added that at the end of the operation, the camps were burnt, while the suspect, the eight locally made guns and samples of the substance suspected to be cannabis were handed over to the NDLEA for further action.
“We are once again using this medium to solicit for the general public cooperation in the area of information sharing on criminal activities within the State and its environs.
“The Nigerian Army will not relent on its effort at ensuring a peaceful Edo and environs,” he said.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
NDLEA clarifies stand on drug integrity test for intending couples
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has shed light on why those intending to go into marriage should undergo a “drug integrity test”.
The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema in a statement on Saturday in Abuja said that what the agency proposed was totally different from what was reported.
Achema said that the clarification became neccessary following the report circulating on the media that the agency was to conduct drug test for ladies before marriage.
According to Achema, the attention of the NDLEA has been drawn to the barrage of reactions to a report by an online publication.
“This in which was wrongly credited to the Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) on proposed drug integrity test for intending couples by religious organisation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, what the chairman said was that as an extension of drug integrity test policy in public service, NDLEA is also considering partnering with the religious leaders.
“This consideration is to make drug test prerequisite for marriage in churches and mosques as in the case of s and Genotype tests, ” he said.
“It therefore smack of cheap chauvinism of one to manipulate statement meant for intending couples to mean ladies as if ladies is a generic term for the marriage institution or intending couple.
Achema said that the propriety of targeting the family of effective drug control was not debatable adding that most drug problems complicate the family institution, leading to broken homes and poor parenting.
He said that it was the dutiful thinking of NDLEA to involve religious organisations to persuasively engage intending couples to ascertain their drug use status.
This he said was considered so as to seek help where neccessary before marriage in order to promote public health within the context of agency’s drug preventive strategy.
“Making it a women affair is trivialising the issue and trying to engender discrimination which is far from the intention of the gender friendly NDLEA.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Court jails 31-year-old man 3 years for possession of cocaine
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, convicted and sentenced one Bright Nduagu to three years in prison for possession of 6.2 grams of cocaine.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his judgment, held that in accordance with the provision of the law, “a trial court shall not pass a maximum sentence on first offender.”
Justice Taiwo, who noted that Nduagu, a 31-year-old man, pleaded guilty of the offence charged, sentenced him with an option of fine of N200, 000.
According to him, after the plea of guilt by the defendant, the defence counsel entered allocutus with the prosecutor, pleading for leniency.
He said his lawyer, Nduka Benson, told the court that the convict had become remorseful having been counsel while in detention of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
“A plea of guilt is a conclusive evidence that the accused committed the offence.
“I therefore convict the defendant as charged and shall proceed to pronounce my sentence,” the judge said.
Taiwo ordered the convict to be remanded at Kuje or Suleja Prison, pending the perfection of his bail conditions.
Shortly after the judgement, counsel to NDLEA, Mike Kassa, made an oral application, asking the court to make an order that Nduagu’s vehicle, which he described as “proceed of crime,” be forfeited to the Federal Government after he had been convicted and sentenced.
However, the convict’s lawyer, Benson, vehemently opposed the application.
The judge, who ordered counsel to the parties to file written addresses to ventilate their stand, adjourned the matter till Oct. 20 for ruling.
The News Agency of Nigeria notes that Nduagu was arrested at 2nd Avenue, Gwarimpa in FCT, Abuja, “on or about 16th day of July without lawful authority, possessed 6.2g cocaine, a narcotic drug similar to cannabis sativa, heroine and LSD, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the NDLEA Act CAP N30 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
NDLEA intercepts 1.6 kilograms of hard drugs en-route Turkey
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Special Area Command, has intercepted 1.6 kilogramme of controlled drugs suspected to be Tramadol and Flunitrazepam.
The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Achema said that the drugs, which were destined for Istanbul, Turkey, barely few days after resumption of international flights, was an unusual drug trafficking trend.
He said that the command made the seizure from Mr Michael Chukwuka, during the outward clearance of passengers boarding the Turkish Airline flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
According to him, the usual trend is the illegal importation of Tramadol from Pakistan and India into the country and not the exportation of illicit Tramadol.
“The seizures are made up of 1.250 kilograms of Tramadol and 350 grams of flunitrazepam and were concealed in two Ghana-must-go bags.
“The Tramadol are in 200, 225 and 250 milligrams, respectively. These are above the 100 milligram threshold permissible for legitimate use and anything above is illegal.
“Chukwuka, aged 36 and an indigene of Imo State, claimed to be ignorant of the content of the bag.
“And that he was given the bags at the Airport entrance in Abuja to deliver to a Nigerian woman who deals in food stuff in Istanbul.
“He said he did not know the woman but one Mr Paul, her husband in Warri, gave the consignment to one man to bring to him at the airport,” Achema quoted him as saying.
Achema, however, said that the suspected drug trafficker who worked in a Cargo Office in Istanbul, had lived there together with Paul for many years.
He said that the suspect travelled to Nigeria in March and got trapped by the Coronavirus pandemic during which period, he equally became cash-strapped and had to reach out to friends to enable him validate his return-ticket.
The Commander, NDLEA, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Mr Kabir Taskuwa, said that the arrest and seizure coming less than a week after the resumption of international flights at Abuja International Airport was a clear indication that the drug traffickers were desperate.
According to him, we are equally determined. Most importantly, we need to be extra-vigilant because smuggling Tramadol to Turkey was strange.
“This is suggesting that there is an emerging tramadol market in some of these countries,” Tsakuwa noted.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Idonije Obakhedo
KNSG intercepts about 53.3kg illicit drugs
Kano State Task Force Committee on Counterfeit Drugs has intercepted about 53.3 kilogrammes of illicit drugs suspected to be Indian hemp.
Mr Gjhali Sule, Chairman of the Committee, announced this while handing over the drugs to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kano.
Sule, who represented the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, said the task force intercepted fake and counterfeit drugs meant for distribution across Kano.
Receiving the substances, the state commandant of the NDLEA, Dr Ibrahim Abdul commended the state committee for its support and cooperation to the agency.
Abdul, however, called on all stakeholders, to synergize and cooperate for effective eradication of illicit drug abuse and trafficking, considering the high percentage of Nigerians engulfed by the menace.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde