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Nigeria's National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) for 2015 to 2019 aims to strengthen responses to drugs in order to contribute to the enhanced health, security and well-being of all Nigerians. The NDCMP 2015-2019 is a strategic, results and operational planning and implementation framework that covers key aspects of drug supply and reduction impacting Nigeria.
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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended a 29 year old fashion designer over unlawful importation and possession of forty-four (44) wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 850grammes. The arrest and seizure took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the inward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airline flight.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar gave the name of the suspect as Ajaero Okechukwu Kingsley. “We have apprehended a 29 year old fashion designer on his way from Sao Paulo with cocaine. The suspect who hails from Abia State excreted 44 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 85 grammes” Hamza stated.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos seized narcotic drugs weighing 455.215kg between January and June 2015. The estimated street value of the drugs is N2.8 billion naira. In addition, $2.5 million dollars cash was equally intercepted while seventy-five (75) suspected drug traffickers and money launderers were arrested in connection with the seizures. They are 62 males and 13 females.
The intercepted money includes $2.1 million dollars seized from a bureau de change operator which had been transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation. Fifteen (15) arrests were recorded on Emirates airline being the most preferred flight for those apprehended. Qatar airways had eleven (11) arrests, Ethiopian airline followed closely with eight (8) arrests and Etihad airways seven (7) arrests.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ahmadu Giade has condemned the involvement of young artisans in drug trafficking. Giade who spoke while reacting to the arrest of two artisans at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos said that drug trafficking limits the capacity to develop and actualize set goals. The suspects are King Emeka Emehelu, 39 year old automobile technician and Aduaka Chuka Christopher, 38 year old baker both apprehended while returning from Brazil.
Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria has supported the operations of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos State with the donation of a Security Patrol Vehicle. The gesture is aimed at improving the security condition in Lagos. The Director General of the Agency, Mrs. Roli Bode-George received the delegation of MTN at the Ikoyi Headquarters of the Agency. Roli in her welcome remarks appreciated the support from MTN.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted the sum of two million, one hundred and ninety-eight thousand, nine hundred dollars ($2,198,900). The money was seized by anti-narcotic officials on the grounds of suspected money laundering at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA2) Lagos. One 46-year-old Ibiteye John Bamidele is being investigated in connection with the case. The suspect was apprehended on his way to Abuja.
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.