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  •   The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu resulting in the death and injury of innocent people The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of human values and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences and solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Somalia and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu
      The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu resulting in the death and injury of innocent people The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of human values and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences and solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Somalia and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu
    Africa5 months ago

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu

    The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, resulting in the death and injury of innocent people.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of human values ​​and principles.

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    The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences and solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Somalia and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

  •  Three men have been charged in Australia for allegedly importing nearly 750 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in marble stone slabs police said on Thursday Australian Border Force ABF officers found 748 kilograms of methylamphetamine concealed within marble stone in sea cargo containers which had arrived Sydney from the United Arab Emirates UAE last month The drug also known as meth or ice has an estimated potential street value of 675 million Australian dollars 468 million dollars according to police New South Wales state police and the ABF said that two men in their 20s and one in his 30s were subsequently charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and also for taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug Police alleged the drugs were imported by a criminal syndicate We will be alleging that the activities these men undertook both before and after the fact indicate they were well schooled in what they were doing and aware of the risks of law enforcement New South Wales police s John Watson said These syndicates have no regard for the safety of others and as we ve seen it this week use any means necessary to create illicit wealth and fund further criminal enterprises The seizure is a message to all organised crime groups that it doesn t matter how sophisticated your concealment are our ABF officers will find it ABF Superintendent Joanne Yeats of Detained Goods Management said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Australian police find 748kg of meth hidden in marble stone slabs
     Three men have been charged in Australia for allegedly importing nearly 750 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in marble stone slabs police said on Thursday Australian Border Force ABF officers found 748 kilograms of methylamphetamine concealed within marble stone in sea cargo containers which had arrived Sydney from the United Arab Emirates UAE last month The drug also known as meth or ice has an estimated potential street value of 675 million Australian dollars 468 million dollars according to police New South Wales state police and the ABF said that two men in their 20s and one in his 30s were subsequently charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and also for taking part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug Police alleged the drugs were imported by a criminal syndicate We will be alleging that the activities these men undertook both before and after the fact indicate they were well schooled in what they were doing and aware of the risks of law enforcement New South Wales police s John Watson said These syndicates have no regard for the safety of others and as we ve seen it this week use any means necessary to create illicit wealth and fund further criminal enterprises The seizure is a message to all organised crime groups that it doesn t matter how sophisticated your concealment are our ABF officers will find it ABF Superintendent Joanne Yeats of Detained Goods Management said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Australian police find 748kg of meth hidden in marble stone slabs
    Foreign5 months ago

    Australian police find 748kg of meth hidden in marble stone slabs

    Three men have been charged in Australia for allegedly importing nearly 750 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in marble stone slabs, police said  on Thursday.

    Australian Border Force (ABF) officers found 748 kilograms of methylamphetamine concealed within marble stone in sea cargo containers which had arrived  Sydney from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month.

    The drug, also known as meth or ice, has an estimated potential street value of 675 million Australian dollars (468 million dollars), according to police.

    New South Wales state police and the ABF said  that two men in their 20s and one in his 30s were subsequently charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and also  for  taking  part in the supply of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

    Police alleged the drugs were imported by a criminal syndicate.

    “We will be alleging that the activities  these men undertook both before and after the fact indicate they were well schooled in what they were doing and aware of the risks of law enforcement,’’ New South Wales police’s John Watson said.

    “These syndicates have no regard for the safety of others and as we’ve seen it this week; use any means necessary to create illicit wealth and fund further criminal enterprises.

    ’’ “The seizure is a message to all organised crime groups, that it doesn’t matter how sophisticated your concealment are, our ABF officers will find it,’’ ABF Superintendent Joanne Yeats of Detained Goods Management, said.

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  •   His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan Minister of State met with Cyril Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa in the capital Pretoria His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan conveyed greetings from the President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to President Ramaphosa and his Wishes for your country and your people to achieve greater progress and prosperity For his part President Ramaphosa conveyed his greetings and best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai so that the people of the Emirates United Arabs achieve more growth and prosperity HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan discussed with President Ramaphosa ways to develop the relations between the UAE and South Africa and strengthen them in various fields of common interest particularly in the economic and investment fields On the other hand HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation and was briefed on the Foundation s projects and programmes including the Mandela Archive Restoration Project which was supported by the United Arab Emirates and supervised by the Embassy in Pretoria in coordination with the Base
    Shakhboot bin Nahyan meets with the President of South Africa
      His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan Minister of State met with Cyril Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa in the capital Pretoria His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan conveyed greetings from the President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to President Ramaphosa and his Wishes for your country and your people to achieve greater progress and prosperity For his part President Ramaphosa conveyed his greetings and best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai so that the people of the Emirates United Arabs achieve more growth and prosperity HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan discussed with President Ramaphosa ways to develop the relations between the UAE and South Africa and strengthen them in various fields of common interest particularly in the economic and investment fields On the other hand HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation and was briefed on the Foundation s projects and programmes including the Mandela Archive Restoration Project which was supported by the United Arab Emirates and supervised by the Embassy in Pretoria in coordination with the Base
    Shakhboot bin Nahyan meets with the President of South Africa
    Africa5 months ago

    Shakhboot bin Nahyan meets with the President of South Africa

    His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State, met with Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, in the capital, Pretoria.

    His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan conveyed greetings from the President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to President Ramaphosa and his Wishes for your country and your people.

    to achieve greater progress and prosperity.

    For his part, President Ramaphosa conveyed his greetings and best wishes to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai so that the people of the Emirates United Arabs achieve more growth and prosperity.

    HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan discussed with President Ramaphosa ways to develop the relations between the UAE and South Africa and strengthen them in various fields of common interest, particularly in the economic and investment fields.

    On the other hand, HE Shakhboot bin Nahyan visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation and was briefed on the Foundation's projects and programmes, including the Mandela Archive Restoration Project, which was supported by the United Arab Emirates and supervised by the Embassy.

    in Pretoria, in coordination with the Base.

  •   The United Arab Emirates congratulated the Republic of Kenya on the success of the electoral process and the victory of President William Ruto in the country s presidential elections wishing him success in his role and in his efforts to achieve the aspirations of progress and prosperity of the Kenyan people In a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MOFAIC stressed that the UAE has strong relations with the Republic of Kenya in all fields highlighting its enthusiasm to boost cooperation between the two countries to achieve the aspirations of both countries and peoples
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) congratulates Kenya on the success of the electoral process
      The United Arab Emirates congratulated the Republic of Kenya on the success of the electoral process and the victory of President William Ruto in the country s presidential elections wishing him success in his role and in his efforts to achieve the aspirations of progress and prosperity of the Kenyan people In a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MOFAIC stressed that the UAE has strong relations with the Republic of Kenya in all fields highlighting its enthusiasm to boost cooperation between the two countries to achieve the aspirations of both countries and peoples
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) congratulates Kenya on the success of the electoral process
    Africa6 months ago

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) congratulates Kenya on the success of the electoral process

    The United Arab Emirates congratulated the Republic of Kenya on the success of the electoral process and the victory of President William Ruto in the country's presidential elections, wishing him success in his role and in his efforts to achieve the aspirations of progress and prosperity of the Kenyan people.

    In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) stressed that the UAE has strong relations with the Republic of Kenya in all fields, highlighting its enthusiasm to boost cooperation between the two countries to achieve the aspirations of both.

    countries and peoples.

  •   Huge Potential For Two African Countries Aftermarket Suppliers As Vehicle Imports Spare Parts Soar Report from German consultancy firm Africon indicates high demand from the US Europe or the United Arab Emirates host of Automechanika Dubai www AutomechanikaDubai com 2022 Download document https bit ly 3AmaO3M A new document A white paper written by Africon the German consulting firm that supports companies from around the world with business expansion in Africa has outlined key information on the Ghanaian and Ivory Coast automotive markets Among the data are details on the increase in imported vehicles as well as a growing aftermarket in the two countries making the pair increasingly important in the African auto aftermarket in the future The paper highlighted that while Ghana and Ivory Coast are smaller markets than African heavyweights like Egypt Nigeria and South Africa they have huge potential Total vehicle imports into both countries have soared over the past six years with the value of light vehicles in C te d Ivoire more than doubling and heavy vehicles almost doubling since 2016 In Ghana growth has been a little slower but the figures are still impressive with an average of 11 per cent and 10 per cent per year for light and heavy vehicles respectively For both countries most of the total supply came from the US the United Arab Emirates and Europe Similarly in C te d Ivoire despite the economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic the country s new light vehicle market growth in recent years has been relatively strong with volume increasing from 7 500 in 2012 to more than 10 000 units relatively steadily in recent years years In total there are around 800 000 vehicles on the country s roads excluding trailers and two and three wheelers while Ghana is home to approximately 1 2 million Spare parts markets are growing equally for both countries reads the white paper While Ghana s parts market is roughly double that of its French speaking neighbor C te d Ivoire has quickly caught up with annual growth in imported parts rising nearly 20 percent between 2015 and 2021 In Ghana growth is only 10 percent per year over the same period Africon believes that with the growth in market size the two countries are likely to become the focus of parts manufacturers while the localization of distribution infrastructure is likely to increase As it stands both Ghana and C te d Ivoire have a very similar distribution structure with global parts manufacturers supplying through international trading companies often based in the UAE or the EU E commerce has so far played a rather limited role in both countries the document states Foreign online platforms are sometimes used to import parts especially due to increased reliance on foreign sources For resale within countries the vast majority of buyers prefer to see and touch the products before ordering Furthermore the logistical challenges to enable reliable e commerce systems have yet to be resolved However many stakeholders believe in future solutions to these challenges and are increasingly interested in exploring opportunities in the digital space in Africa Although so far only a few global parts manufacturers have their own staff and structures in the region they should and will get closer to their customers in this regard the document continues The importance of e commerce parts sales and other digital automotive services repair and service insurance ride sharing etc may well increase to significantly increase convenience for local drivers and vehicle owners To secure a foothold in these promising future markets local and global companies must take advantage of early adopters Africon with representations in C te d Ivoire Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Nigeria South Africa and Tanzania will attend this year s annual Automechanika Dubai trade show from November 22 24 at Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates Despite the challenges of COVID 19 last year s event brought together 20 574 visitors from 129 countries 578 exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 official country pavilions to reconnect and engage in serious business talks sign new deals explore new partnerships and stay updated on the latest market trends The fair s organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East expects more than 750 exhibitors this year a healthy 30 percent year on year increase and similar visitor growth is anticipated as international travel restrictions continue to ease
    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
      Huge Potential For Two African Countries Aftermarket Suppliers As Vehicle Imports Spare Parts Soar Report from German consultancy firm Africon indicates high demand from the US Europe or the United Arab Emirates host of Automechanika Dubai www AutomechanikaDubai com 2022 Download document https bit ly 3AmaO3M A new document A white paper written by Africon the German consulting firm that supports companies from around the world with business expansion in Africa has outlined key information on the Ghanaian and Ivory Coast automotive markets Among the data are details on the increase in imported vehicles as well as a growing aftermarket in the two countries making the pair increasingly important in the African auto aftermarket in the future The paper highlighted that while Ghana and Ivory Coast are smaller markets than African heavyweights like Egypt Nigeria and South Africa they have huge potential Total vehicle imports into both countries have soared over the past six years with the value of light vehicles in C te d Ivoire more than doubling and heavy vehicles almost doubling since 2016 In Ghana growth has been a little slower but the figures are still impressive with an average of 11 per cent and 10 per cent per year for light and heavy vehicles respectively For both countries most of the total supply came from the US the United Arab Emirates and Europe Similarly in C te d Ivoire despite the economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic the country s new light vehicle market growth in recent years has been relatively strong with volume increasing from 7 500 in 2012 to more than 10 000 units relatively steadily in recent years years In total there are around 800 000 vehicles on the country s roads excluding trailers and two and three wheelers while Ghana is home to approximately 1 2 million Spare parts markets are growing equally for both countries reads the white paper While Ghana s parts market is roughly double that of its French speaking neighbor C te d Ivoire has quickly caught up with annual growth in imported parts rising nearly 20 percent between 2015 and 2021 In Ghana growth is only 10 percent per year over the same period Africon believes that with the growth in market size the two countries are likely to become the focus of parts manufacturers while the localization of distribution infrastructure is likely to increase As it stands both Ghana and C te d Ivoire have a very similar distribution structure with global parts manufacturers supplying through international trading companies often based in the UAE or the EU E commerce has so far played a rather limited role in both countries the document states Foreign online platforms are sometimes used to import parts especially due to increased reliance on foreign sources For resale within countries the vast majority of buyers prefer to see and touch the products before ordering Furthermore the logistical challenges to enable reliable e commerce systems have yet to be resolved However many stakeholders believe in future solutions to these challenges and are increasingly interested in exploring opportunities in the digital space in Africa Although so far only a few global parts manufacturers have their own staff and structures in the region they should and will get closer to their customers in this regard the document continues The importance of e commerce parts sales and other digital automotive services repair and service insurance ride sharing etc may well increase to significantly increase convenience for local drivers and vehicle owners To secure a foothold in these promising future markets local and global companies must take advantage of early adopters Africon with representations in C te d Ivoire Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Nigeria South Africa and Tanzania will attend this year s annual Automechanika Dubai trade show from November 22 24 at Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates Despite the challenges of COVID 19 last year s event brought together 20 574 visitors from 129 countries 578 exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 official country pavilions to reconnect and engage in serious business talks sign new deals explore new partnerships and stay updated on the latest market trends The fair s organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East expects more than 750 exhibitors this year a healthy 30 percent year on year increase and similar visitor growth is anticipated as international travel restrictions continue to ease
    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets
    Africa6 months ago

    New white paper outlines the growth of the Ivory Coast and Ghana auto aftermarkets

    'Huge Potential' For Two African Countries' Aftermarket Suppliers' As Vehicle Imports, Spare Parts 'Soar'; Report from German consultancy firm Africon indicates high demand from the US, Europe or the United Arab Emirates: host of Automechanika Dubai (www.AutomechanikaDubai.com) 2022 Download document: https://bit.ly/3AmaO3M A new document A white paper written by Africon, the German consulting firm that supports companies from around the world with business expansion in Africa, has outlined key information on the Ghanaian and Ivory Coast automotive markets.

    Among the data are details on the increase in imported vehicles, as well as a growing aftermarket in the two countries, making the pair increasingly important in the African auto aftermarket in the future.

    The paper highlighted that while Ghana and Ivory Coast are smaller markets than African heavyweights like Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, they have huge potential.

    Total vehicle imports into both countries have soared over the past six years, with the value of light vehicles in Côte d'Ivoire more than doubling and heavy vehicles almost doubling since 2016.

    In Ghana, growth has been a little slower, but the figures are still impressive with an average of 11 per cent and 10 per cent per year for light and heavy vehicles respectively.

    For both countries, most of the total supply came from the US, the United Arab Emirates and Europe.

    Similarly, in Côte d'Ivoire, despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's new light vehicle market growth in recent years has been relatively strong, with volume increasing from 7,500 in 2012 to more than 10,000 units relatively steadily in recent years.

    years.

    In total, there are around 800,000 vehicles on the country's roads (excluding trailers and two- and three-wheelers), while Ghana is home to approximately 1.2 million.

    “Spare parts markets are growing equally for both countries,” reads the white paper.

    “While Ghana's parts market is roughly double that of its French-speaking neighbor, Côte d'Ivoire has quickly caught up with annual growth in imported parts rising nearly 20 percent between 2015 and 2021.

    In Ghana , growth is 'only' 10 percent per year over the same period.” Africon believes that with the growth in market size, the two countries are likely to become the focus of parts manufacturers, while the localization of distribution infrastructure is likely to increase.

    As it stands, both Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire have a very similar distribution structure, with global parts manufacturers supplying through international trading companies often based in the UAE or the EU.

    E-commerce has so far played a rather limited role in both countries, the document states.

    Foreign online platforms are sometimes used to import parts, especially due to increased reliance on foreign sources.

    For resale within countries, the vast majority of buyers prefer to “see and touch” the products before ordering.

    Furthermore, the logistical challenges to enable reliable e-commerce systems have yet to be resolved.

    However, many stakeholders believe in future solutions to these challenges and are increasingly interested in exploring opportunities in the digital space in Africa.

    "Although so far only a few global parts manufacturers have their own staff and structures in the region, they should and will get closer to their customers in this regard," the document continues.

    “The importance of e-commerce parts sales and other digital automotive services (repair and service, insurance, ride-sharing, etc.) may well increase to significantly increase convenience for local drivers and vehicle owners.

    To secure a foothold in these promising future markets, local and global companies must take advantage of early adopters.” Africon, with representations in Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania, will attend this year's annual Automechanika Dubai trade show from November 22-24 at Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates.

    Despite the challenges of COVID-19, last year's event brought together 20,574 visitors from 129 countries, 578 exhibitors from 47 countries and 12 official country pavilions to reconnect and engage in serious business talks, sign new deals, explore new partnerships and stay updated.

    on the latest market trends.

    The fair's organizer, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, expects more than 750 exhibitors this year, a healthy 30 percent year-on-year increase, and similar visitor growth is anticipated as international travel restrictions continue to ease.

  •   The United Arab Emirates called for enriching peace and security talks by focusing African experiences at a United Nations Security Council meeting on peacekeeping in Africa The open debate was convened under the Chinese presidency of the Council for the month of August Since its founding the UAE has steadily expanded its relationships with partners across the continent said HE Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab Charg d Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN He added that talks on international peace and security would benefit from focusing on the experiences of the African continent Today our partnerships have grown into dynamic cooperation in critical fields such as renewable energy food safety counter terrorism and public health Ambassador Abushahab also underscored the need to employ approaches that are informed by local contexts in order to effectively sustain peace in Africa and elsewhere While our immediate focus may be on African challenges we must remember how often their origins and implications extend beyond the continent Likewise this Council must recognize that African solutions not just challenges have global dimensions In his statement Ambassador Abushahab further stressed that sustainable peace also implies sustainable development He stressed that protecting and ensuring access to basic goods and services and stabilizing food and energy prices must be central to any efforts to maintain peace
    United Arab Emirates: Maintaining peace in Africa requires active engagement with African partners
      The United Arab Emirates called for enriching peace and security talks by focusing African experiences at a United Nations Security Council meeting on peacekeeping in Africa The open debate was convened under the Chinese presidency of the Council for the month of August Since its founding the UAE has steadily expanded its relationships with partners across the continent said HE Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab Charg d Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN He added that talks on international peace and security would benefit from focusing on the experiences of the African continent Today our partnerships have grown into dynamic cooperation in critical fields such as renewable energy food safety counter terrorism and public health Ambassador Abushahab also underscored the need to employ approaches that are informed by local contexts in order to effectively sustain peace in Africa and elsewhere While our immediate focus may be on African challenges we must remember how often their origins and implications extend beyond the continent Likewise this Council must recognize that African solutions not just challenges have global dimensions In his statement Ambassador Abushahab further stressed that sustainable peace also implies sustainable development He stressed that protecting and ensuring access to basic goods and services and stabilizing food and energy prices must be central to any efforts to maintain peace
    United Arab Emirates: Maintaining peace in Africa requires active engagement with African partners
    Africa6 months ago

    United Arab Emirates: Maintaining peace in Africa requires active engagement with African partners

    The United Arab Emirates called for enriching peace and security talks by focusing African experiences at a United Nations Security Council meeting on peacekeeping in Africa.

    The open debate was convened under the Chinese presidency of the Council for the month of August.

    "Since its founding, the UAE has steadily expanded its relationships with partners across the continent," said HE Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab, Chargé d'Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN.

    He added that talks on international peace and security would benefit from focusing on the experiences of the African continent.

    "Today, our partnerships have grown into dynamic cooperation in critical fields such as renewable energy, food safety, counter-terrorism and public health."

    Ambassador Abushahab also underscored the need to employ approaches that are informed by local contexts in order to effectively sustain peace in Africa and elsewhere.

    “While our immediate focus may be on African challenges, we must remember how often their origins and implications extend beyond the continent.

    Likewise, this Council must recognize that African solutions, not just challenges, have global dimensions.” In his statement, Ambassador Abushahab further stressed that sustainable peace also implies sustainable development.

    He stressed that protecting and ensuring access to basic goods and services and stabilizing food and energy prices must be central to any efforts to maintain peace.

  •  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested a 90 year old retired soldier Usman Adamu in Mailalle Sabon Birni in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Babafemi said that the suspect who was arrested on Aug 3 was caught with 5 1kg cannabis sativa at the time of his arrest He also said that a 37 year old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area LGA Edo State and resident in Italy Solo Osamede had been arrested for drug trafficking Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport MMIA in Lagos He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan Italy via Istanbul Turkey on July 30 The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions which the suspect completed on Aug 1 he said In the same vein a female passenger Jatau Lami was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1 700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul Turkey via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31 He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect a mother of three hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area LGA Kaduna State and lives in Istanbul Turkey with her family She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June he said Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company SAHCO export shed of the airport to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai UAE on Aug 4 He said that a follow up operation led to an arrest of two persons Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus while two others were still at large In Zamfara NDLEA operatives on Aug 4 intercepted a truck from Benin Edo state enroute Sokoto with 50 000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer Umaru Attahiru In Kogi 14 sacks containing 1 376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190 4kg were seized along Okene Abuja highway on Aug 3 The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha Anambra and heading to Abuja Follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius he said Babafemi said that four suspects Sulaiman Rabi u Sanusi Sha aibu Ma aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor were also arrested in Zaria Tafa and Romi Kaduna He said that they were arrested with 106 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Diazepam Exol 5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup In Enugu 143 5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug 6 In Delta a suspect Ike Okparachi 42 was arrested at Abraka Junction Asaba with 10 550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Swinol Rohypnol and 3 105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly he said Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman Brig Gen Buba Marwa rtd commended the officers and men of the MMIA Sokoto Zamfara Kogi Delta Enugu and Kaduna Commands for their feats He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport
     The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested a 90 year old retired soldier Usman Adamu in Mailalle Sabon Birni in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Babafemi said that the suspect who was arrested on Aug 3 was caught with 5 1kg cannabis sativa at the time of his arrest He also said that a 37 year old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area LGA Edo State and resident in Italy Solo Osamede had been arrested for drug trafficking Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport MMIA in Lagos He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan Italy via Istanbul Turkey on July 30 The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions which the suspect completed on Aug 1 he said In the same vein a female passenger Jatau Lami was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1 700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul Turkey via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31 He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect a mother of three hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area LGA Kaduna State and lives in Istanbul Turkey with her family She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June he said Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company SAHCO export shed of the airport to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai UAE on Aug 4 He said that a follow up operation led to an arrest of two persons Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus while two others were still at large In Zamfara NDLEA operatives on Aug 4 intercepted a truck from Benin Edo state enroute Sokoto with 50 000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer Umaru Attahiru In Kogi 14 sacks containing 1 376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190 4kg were seized along Okene Abuja highway on Aug 3 The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha Anambra and heading to Abuja Follow up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius he said Babafemi said that four suspects Sulaiman Rabi u Sanusi Sha aibu Ma aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor were also arrested in Zaria Tafa and Romi Kaduna He said that they were arrested with 106 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Diazepam Exol 5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup In Enugu 143 5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug 6 In Delta a suspect Ike Okparachi 42 was arrested at Abraka Junction Asaba with 10 550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg Swinol Rohypnol and 3 105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly he said Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman Brig Gen Buba Marwa rtd commended the officers and men of the MMIA Sokoto Zamfara Kogi Delta Enugu and Kaduna Commands for their feats He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    NDLEA nabs 90-year-old bandits’ drug supplier, others at Lagos airport

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, in Mailalle, Sabon Birni, in Sokoto for supplying bandits illicit drugs.

    The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Babafemi said that the suspect, who was arrested on Aug. 3,  was caught with 5.1kg cannabis sativa, at the time of his arrest.

    He also said that a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area (LGA), Edo State,  and resident in Italy; Solo Osamede, had been arrested for drug trafficking.

    Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

    He said that the suspect was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion, while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey on July 30. “The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Aug. 1,” he said.

    In the same vein, a female passenger, Jatau Lami, was arrested at the Lagos Airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg.

    Babafemi said that the consignment was concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey, via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31. He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, a mother of three, hailed from Zango Kataf Local Government Area  (LGA), Kaduna State, and lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her family.

    “She blamed her action on pressure to raise N5 million ransom to free her mother from the captivity of bandits who kidnapped her since June,” he said.

    Babafemi said that the NDLEA operatives have also thwarted an attempts by some freight agents at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the airport,  to export two consignments of cannabis in a consolidated cargo to Dubai, UAE, on Aug. 4. He said that a follow-up operation led to an arrest of two persons, Oladipupo Fatai and Animashaun Qudus, while two others were still at large.

    “In Zamfara, NDLEA operatives on Aug. 4 intercepted a truck from Benin, Edo state, enroute Sokoto, with 50,000 tablets of Diazepam owned by a drug dealer, Umaru Attahiru.

    “In Kogi, 14 sacks containing 1,376 bottles of codeine based syrup weighing 190.4kg were seized along Okene-Abuja highway on Aug. 3. “The exhibits were found in a delivery bus coming from Onitsha, Anambra and heading to Abuja.

    Follow-up operation in Abuja same day led to the arrest of Jude Ikenna and Ozoemene Cornelius,” he said.

    Babafemi said that four suspects, Sulaiman Rabi’u; Sanusi Sha’aibu; Ma’aruf Habibu and Christian Nnachor, were also arrested in Zaria, Tafa and Romi, Kaduna.

    He said that they were arrested with 106, 770 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, Diazepam, Exol-5 and 100 bottles of codeine cough syrup.

    “In Enugu, 143.5kg cannabis sativa was recovered from locked-up stores in new market area of the state capital on Aug. 6. “In Delta, a suspect, Ike Okparachi, 42, was arrested at Abraka Junction, Asaba, with 10,550 tablets of Tramadol 225mg; Swinol; Rohypnol; and 3,105 bottles of codeine syrup as well as 69grams of Molly,” he said.

    Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman,  Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kogi, Delta, Enugu, and Kaduna Commands for their feats.

    He said Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.


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  •  OPEC may have to raise oil production to avoid market overheating OPEC member Kazakhstan said on Wednesday It said that as the group of oil producers meets amid U S pressure to add barrels to the market while most members have already exhausted their output potential We have always said that the preferred price corridor is 60 80 per barrel Today the price is 100 So we might have to raise output to avoid overheating Kazakh energy minister Bolat Akchulakov told reporters The market has been largely expecting OPEC to keep output steady or opt for a slight increase Three OPEC sources said that they still saw little chance for an output policy change when commenting on the Kazakh minister s statement The United States has put OPEC leaders Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates under pressure to pump more oil to help rein in prices boosted by rebounding demand and Moscow s invasion of Ukraine However U S and Western sanctions on Russia have caused prices of all types of energy to soar resulting in inflation at multi decade highs and central bank interest rate hikes OPEC has been increasing output in line with its targets by about 430 000 650 000 barrels per day a month in recent months and has refused to switch to bigger output increases Group sources have cited a lack of spare capacity among members to add more barrels as well as the need for further cooperation with Russia as part of the wider OPEC group It seems unlikely OPEC will do anything when it meets later today said Callum Macpherson from Investec citing rising concerns about a slowing global economy and a lack of spare capacity OPEC is struggling to meet the levels its production limits have now been raised to he said adding that a surprise decision to raise production would put oil under further pressure to fall below 100 per barrel Benchmark Brent oil futures fell by more than 1 earlier on Wednesday to trade just above 99 per barrel The meeting on will discuss production policies from September and possibly onwards starting from 1130 GMT By September OPEC was meant to have wound down all of the record production cuts it implemented in 2020 after the pandemic slashed demand By June however OPEC was almost 3 million barrels per day below its quotas as sanctions on some members and low investment by others crippled its ability to boost output Only Saudi Arabia and the UAE were believed to have some spare capacity left to increase production French President Emmanuel Macron has said he had been told that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had very limited ability to increase oil production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OPEC+ may raise oil output so market doesn’t overheat, Kazakhstan says
     OPEC may have to raise oil production to avoid market overheating OPEC member Kazakhstan said on Wednesday It said that as the group of oil producers meets amid U S pressure to add barrels to the market while most members have already exhausted their output potential We have always said that the preferred price corridor is 60 80 per barrel Today the price is 100 So we might have to raise output to avoid overheating Kazakh energy minister Bolat Akchulakov told reporters The market has been largely expecting OPEC to keep output steady or opt for a slight increase Three OPEC sources said that they still saw little chance for an output policy change when commenting on the Kazakh minister s statement The United States has put OPEC leaders Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates under pressure to pump more oil to help rein in prices boosted by rebounding demand and Moscow s invasion of Ukraine However U S and Western sanctions on Russia have caused prices of all types of energy to soar resulting in inflation at multi decade highs and central bank interest rate hikes OPEC has been increasing output in line with its targets by about 430 000 650 000 barrels per day a month in recent months and has refused to switch to bigger output increases Group sources have cited a lack of spare capacity among members to add more barrels as well as the need for further cooperation with Russia as part of the wider OPEC group It seems unlikely OPEC will do anything when it meets later today said Callum Macpherson from Investec citing rising concerns about a slowing global economy and a lack of spare capacity OPEC is struggling to meet the levels its production limits have now been raised to he said adding that a surprise decision to raise production would put oil under further pressure to fall below 100 per barrel Benchmark Brent oil futures fell by more than 1 earlier on Wednesday to trade just above 99 per barrel The meeting on will discuss production policies from September and possibly onwards starting from 1130 GMT By September OPEC was meant to have wound down all of the record production cuts it implemented in 2020 after the pandemic slashed demand By June however OPEC was almost 3 million barrels per day below its quotas as sanctions on some members and low investment by others crippled its ability to boost output Only Saudi Arabia and the UAE were believed to have some spare capacity left to increase production French President Emmanuel Macron has said he had been told that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had very limited ability to increase oil production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OPEC+ may raise oil output so market doesn’t overheat, Kazakhstan says
    Foreign6 months ago

    OPEC+ may raise oil output so market doesn’t overheat, Kazakhstan says

    OPEC+ may have to raise oil production to avoid market overheating, OPEC+ member Kazakhstan said on Wednesday.

    It said that, as the group of oil producers meets amid U.

    S. pressure to add barrels to the market while most members have already exhausted their output potential.

    “We have always said that the preferred price corridor is $60-80 per barrel.

    “ Today the price is $100. So we might have to raise output to avoid overheating,’’ Kazakh energy minister, Bolat Akchulakov told reporters.

    The market has been largely expecting OPEC+ to keep output steady or opt for a slight increase.

    Three OPEC+ sources said that they still saw little chance for an output policy change when commenting on the Kazakh minister’s statement.

    The United States has put OPEC leaders Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates under pressure to pump more oil to help rein in prices boosted by rebounding demand and Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

    However, U.

    S. and Western sanctions on Russia have caused prices of all types of energy to soar, resulting in inflation at multi-decade highs and central bank interest rate hikes.

    OPEC has been increasing output in line with its targets by about 430,000-650,000 barrels per day a month in recent months and has refused to switch to bigger output increases.

    Group sources have cited a lack of spare capacity among members to add more barrels as well as the need for further cooperation with Russia as part of the wider OPEC+ group.

    “It seems unlikely OPEC+ will do anything when it meets later today,’’ said Callum Macpherson from Investec, citing rising concerns about a slowing global economy and a lack of spare capacity.

    “OPEC+ is struggling to meet the levels its production limits have now been raised to,’’ he said, adding that a surprise decision to raise production would put oil under further pressure to fall below $100 per barrel.

    Benchmark Brent oil futures fell by more than $1 earlier on Wednesday to trade just above $99 per barrel.

    The meeting on will discuss production policies from September and possibly onwards starting from 1130 GMT.

    By September, OPEC+ was meant to have wound down all of the record production cuts it implemented in 2020 after the pandemic slashed demand.

    By June, however, OPEC+ was almost 3 million barrels per day below its quotas as sanctions on some members and low investment by others crippled its ability to boost output.  

    Only Saudi Arabia and the UAE were believed to have some spare capacity left to increase production.

    French President, Emmanuel Macron has said he had been told that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had very limited ability to increase oil production.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Indian authorities reported on Monday Asia s first possible monkeypox fatality after a man who recently returned from United Arab Emirates died after testing positive Kerala state s health ministry said tests on the 22 year old showed that the man had monkeypox Three monkeypox related fatalities have so far been reported outside Africa in an outbreak that the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency The Indian man died in Kerala on July 30 around a week after returning from the UAE and being taken to hospital It was unclear however whether monkeypox was the cause of death The youth had no symptoms of monkeypox He had been admitted to a hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue the Indian Express daily quoted Kerala s health minister Veena George as saying on Sunday Twenty people identified as being at high risk were being kept under observation she added including family members friends and medical staff who might have come into contact with the victim According to the WHO more than 18 000 monkeypox cases have been detected throughout the world outside Africa since the beginning of May most of them in Europe Spain last week recorded two monkeypox related deaths and Brazil one It is however unclear if monkeypox actually caused the three fatalities with Spanish authorities as of Sunday still carrying out autopsies and Brazilian authorities saying its deceased patient had other serious conditions India has reported at least four cases with the first recorded on July 15 in another man who returned to Kerala from the UAE
    India reports Asia’s first possible monkeypox death
      Indian authorities reported on Monday Asia s first possible monkeypox fatality after a man who recently returned from United Arab Emirates died after testing positive Kerala state s health ministry said tests on the 22 year old showed that the man had monkeypox Three monkeypox related fatalities have so far been reported outside Africa in an outbreak that the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency The Indian man died in Kerala on July 30 around a week after returning from the UAE and being taken to hospital It was unclear however whether monkeypox was the cause of death The youth had no symptoms of monkeypox He had been admitted to a hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue the Indian Express daily quoted Kerala s health minister Veena George as saying on Sunday Twenty people identified as being at high risk were being kept under observation she added including family members friends and medical staff who might have come into contact with the victim According to the WHO more than 18 000 monkeypox cases have been detected throughout the world outside Africa since the beginning of May most of them in Europe Spain last week recorded two monkeypox related deaths and Brazil one It is however unclear if monkeypox actually caused the three fatalities with Spanish authorities as of Sunday still carrying out autopsies and Brazilian authorities saying its deceased patient had other serious conditions India has reported at least four cases with the first recorded on July 15 in another man who returned to Kerala from the UAE
    India reports Asia’s first possible monkeypox death
    Foreign6 months ago

    India reports Asia’s first possible monkeypox death

    Indian authorities reported on Monday Asia’s first possible monkeypox fatality after a man who recently returned from United Arab Emirates died after testing positive.

    Kerala state’s health ministry said tests on the 22-year-old “showed that the man had monkeypox”.

    Three monkeypox-related fatalities have so far been reported outside Africa in an outbreak that the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency.

    The Indian man died in Kerala on July 30 around a week after returning from the UAE and being taken to hospital.

    It was unclear however whether monkeypox was the cause of death.

    “The youth had no symptoms of monkeypox.

    He had been admitted to a hospital with symptoms of encephalitis and fatigue,” the Indian Express daily quoted Kerala’s health minister Veena George as saying on Sunday.

    Twenty people identified as being at high risk were being kept under observation, she added, including family members, friends and medical staff who might have come into contact with the victim.

    According to the WHO, more than 18,000 monkeypox cases have been detected throughout the world outside Africa since the beginning of May, most of them in Europe.

    Spain last week recorded two monkeypox-related deaths and Brazil one.

    It is however unclear if monkeypox actually caused the three fatalities, with Spanish authorities as of Sunday still carrying out autopsies and Brazilian authorities saying its deceased patient had other serious conditions.

    India has reported at least four cases, with the first recorded on July 15 in another man who returned to Kerala from the UAE.

  •  NDLEA intercepted 2 8 million tablets of 225 mg Tramadol with a street value of N1 4 billion at the Apapa Port Lagos on Saturday NDLEA s Director Media and Advocacy Mr Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja He said that the seizure in 55 cartons was made during the examination of a container at the port Babafemi said the interception followed the frustration of the smugglers first attempt to take the drugs through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja last week He explained that narcotics officers frustrated the attempt making the drug traffickers to make a second attempt using the port to take the drugs to London and to Dubai He added that at least five suspects had been arrested in connection with the attempts Babafemi stated also that a Dubai bound passenger Ms Ebhodaghei Osenemeshen was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai on Monday July 25 According to him NDLEA operatives discovered in her luggage sachets of 225mg Tramadol concealed inside garri a cassava staple packed among other foodstuffs She claimed that the bag was given to her by someone in whose house she passed the night to help to deliver to another person in Dubai On Tuesday July 26 50 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 27 1kg were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company export shed They were concealed inside large quantities of crayfish going to London he stated The NDLEA spokesperson added that another Dubai bound female passenger Rachael Emebradu was arrested on the same day She was arrested with 1 8kg of Indian hemp packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta said that she traded in men s wears before deciding to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business She claimed that her ex boyfriend that lives in Dubai requested her to bring the bag which contains the illicit substance along with foodstuffs Babafemi stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port
     NDLEA intercepted 2 8 million tablets of 225 mg Tramadol with a street value of N1 4 billion at the Apapa Port Lagos on Saturday NDLEA s Director Media and Advocacy Mr Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja He said that the seizure in 55 cartons was made during the examination of a container at the port Babafemi said the interception followed the frustration of the smugglers first attempt to take the drugs through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja last week He explained that narcotics officers frustrated the attempt making the drug traffickers to make a second attempt using the port to take the drugs to London and to Dubai He added that at least five suspects had been arrested in connection with the attempts Babafemi stated also that a Dubai bound passenger Ms Ebhodaghei Osenemeshen was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai on Monday July 25 According to him NDLEA operatives discovered in her luggage sachets of 225mg Tramadol concealed inside garri a cassava staple packed among other foodstuffs She claimed that the bag was given to her by someone in whose house she passed the night to help to deliver to another person in Dubai On Tuesday July 26 50 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 27 1kg were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company export shed They were concealed inside large quantities of crayfish going to London he stated The NDLEA spokesperson added that another Dubai bound female passenger Rachael Emebradu was arrested on the same day She was arrested with 1 8kg of Indian hemp packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta said that she traded in men s wears before deciding to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business She claimed that her ex boyfriend that lives in Dubai requested her to bring the bag which contains the illicit substance along with foodstuffs Babafemi stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port

    NDLEA intercepted 2.8 million tablets of 225 mg Tramadol with a street value of N1.4 billion at the Apapa Port, Lagos on Saturday.

    NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja.

    He said that the seizure, in 55 cartons was made during the examination of a container at the port.

    Babafemi said the interception followed the frustration of the smugglers’ first attempt to take the drugs through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja last week.

    He explained that narcotics officers frustrated the attempt making the drug traffickers to make a second attempt using the port to take the drugs to London and to Dubai.

    He added that at least five suspects had been arrested in connection with the attempts.

    Babafemi stated also that a Dubai-bound passenger, Ms Ebhodaghei Osenemeshen was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai on Monday July 25. According to him, NDLEA operatives discovered in her luggage sachets of 225mg Tramadol concealed inside garri, a cassava staple packed among other foodstuffs.

    “She claimed that the bag was given to her by someone in whose house she passed the night to help to deliver to another person in Dubai.

    “On Tuesday July, 26, 50 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 27.1kg were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company export shed.

    “They were concealed inside large quantities of crayfish going to London,’’ he stated.

    The NDLEA spokesperson added that another Dubai-bound female passenger, Rachael Emebradu, was arrested on the same day.

    She was arrested with 1.8kg of Indian hemp packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali.

    “The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta said that she traded in men’s wears before deciding to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business.

    “She claimed that her ex-boyfriend that lives in Dubai, requested her to bring the bag, which contains the illicit substance along with foodstuffs,’’ Babafemi stated.


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