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Narcotic drugs mainly cannabis valued at 133 million naira have been burnt to ashes by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lokoja the Kogi State capital. The Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade and the Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Steven Tayo Aremu led other invited guests in setting ablaze 13,372.209kg of drugs.
The NDLEA boss who expressed satisfaction with the destruction exercise said that cannabis is the most abused drug in the country. “We have a total of 13,372.209kg of drugs for destruction this morning. Cannabis Sativa otherwise called hemp constitutes the largest chunk of the drugs with 13, 319.829kg. Diazepam is 3.40kg, Rohypnol is 180grms, Tramadol is 850grms and Volatile Solvent 47.950kg. These statistics attest to the fact that cannabis is the most abused drug in the country. I am satisfied with this public burning of drug exhibits aimed at promoting national peace and security” Giade stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intensified security measures for a hitch-free yuletide and violence free elections in the country. The NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade gave the assurance when the Agency publicly destroyed 20,784,595kg of illicit drugs in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday November 20, 2014. The estimated street value of the drugs is 207 million naira.
Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has called on the management of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to seek elaborate collaboration with stakeholders in the war against narcotics. The governor gave the charge at the opening ceremony of 2014 Command Officers’ Summit in Kaduna with the theme; Transforming NDLEA to Meet with Contemporary Challenges in Drug Control in Nigeria.
HOW NDLEA ARRESTS SEVEN ON ONE FLIGHT WITH 8.739KG OF COCAINE, TARGETS ASSETS RECOVERY OF DRUG BARONS
As commanders of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) meet in Kaduna to brainstorm on the way forward, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) has recorded arrest of seven suspected drug traffickers on an Ethiopian Air flight. Six of the suspects were going to Hong Kong while one was going to Tel Aviv. All the suspects excreted 8.739kg of cocaine which they ingested in a bid to evade arrest.
NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, Mr Hamisu Lawan gave the names of the suspects as Fred Chuka Obi, 49years old found with 1.594kg of drugs, Ekechi Ikechukwu Ferdinand, 36years old found with 1.616kg, Okonkwo Okwuchukwu Paul, 20years old found with 1.103kg, Azubuogu Emmanuel Obumneme, 30years old caught with 1.450kg, Okechi Tochukwu Anthony, 34years old found with 935 grammes, Anozie Uzoma Henry, 34years old caught with 874 grammes and Okafor Ifeanyi Francis, 51years old found with 1.167kg. Apart from Fred Chuka Obi who was going to Tel Aviv with narcotics in his stomach, the final destination of others was Hong Kong.
Chairman/Chief Executives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), AhmaduGiade has ratified a planned amendment to the NDLEA Act in search of stiffer penalties and easier forfeiture of illegal drug proceeds. The proposed review is part of efforts to reposition the NDLEA for enhanced performance and greater productivity. The management of the Agency at the 2014 Command Officers Summit held in Kaduna made the crucial recommendations on the way forward for the country’s drug control programmes.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) AhmaduGiade has commended the establishment of Katsina State Council Committee for the fight against Drug Abuse amongst Youths and the proposed construction of a Rehabilitation Centre by the Katsina State Government. Giade gave the commendation during the public destruction of forfeited drug exhibits in Katsina weighing 6,795.213kg with an estimated street value of 120 million naira.
The attention of the Management of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency [NDLEA] has been drawn to the activities of illegal and fraudulent employment 'consultants' who are selling what they refer to as NDLEA RECRUITMENT FORMS to unsuspecting members of the public. For the avoidance of doubt, the Management of NDLEA is not conducting any recruitment exercise at the moment. The general public is therefore advised to discountenance any covert or online advertisements for vacancies in the NDLEA which is being perpetrated by employment scammers on the internet. The public is to also note that such recruitment notices are fake, fraudulent and criminal in all ramifications. Any person or group of persons that patronise such vacancy vendors do so at their own risk.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appointed Mrs. Roli Bode-George as the Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on 20th June 2014. She holds the rank of Deputy Commander-General of Narcotics (DCGN).
Mrs. Bode-George is the Secretary of the Governing Board of the NDLEA, the highest policy making body of the anti-drug agency. She is Chairman of the Management Disciplinary Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Management Board.
Through the agency secretariat which she heads, she directly supervises the Abuja liaison service, the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP)/ Inter Ministrial Committee (IMC) on Drug Control Secretariat, the agency's Internal Affairs and Security units. She also supervises the seven Directorates of the agency and fourty-nine Commands. She is directly responsible to the Chairman/ Chief Executive who holds the rank of Commander-General of Narcotics (CGN).
Prior to becoming the Director General/ Secretary of the NDLEA, Mrs. Bode-George paid her dues in public service. She served as Honourable Federal Commissioner, representing Lagos State on the National Population Commission. Earlier, she was Director, Christian Pilgrims Board and a Member of the Governing Board of the Federal Housing Authority. Mrs. Bode-George was Special Political Assistant to the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) National Vice-Chairman (South-West). She has vast experience in public service administration, social mobilisation and advocacy.
The World Drug Report 2014 has scored Nigeria higher than other African countries in cannabis seizure.
This was made known on Thursday in Abuja during the dissemination meeting for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2014 World Drug report and International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) 2013 report. The key players at the meeting were the UNODC country representative, Ms. Mariam Sissoko, Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade and Director General of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii.
In his keynote address, Giade stressed that the Agency will continue to intensify its cannabis control mandate geared toward
s ensuring a crime free society and peaceful election in 2015. “Cannabis is the common drug of abuse in Nigeria and as the election year 2015 draws nearer, we are fine tuning our strategies to cut off supply and ensure a crime-free election and a healthy society for all” the NDLEA boss stated.
A patient medicine dealer has been arrested by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 2.540kg of cocaine hidden inside laptop bags. The suspect was found with the drugs during inward screening of Etihad passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
Confirming the arrest, NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport Mr Hamza Umar gave the name of the suspect as Okeke Olisa Uzochukwu. “The drug was concealed by the side of the bags. It was factory packed as we had to cut the bag open to recover two parcels containing powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine” Hamza stated.
To become the most proactive and leading drug law enforcement Agency on the African Continent and one of the best in the world through the provision of effective and efficient services to Nigerians by cutting off the supply of illicit drugs, reducing the
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