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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended fourteen drug suspects at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Lagos with 33.655kg of narcotic drugs. Various methods of drug concealment adopted by drug traffickers to escape arrest this end of year season were also exposed. Eight of the suspects were caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the country from Brazil and Argentina while six others were intercepted while taking drugs to Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy and Brazil.
The Lagos State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has won 123 convictions at the Federal High Court Lagos in 2014. The convicts include 117 males and 9 females who were sentenced to between one day and 15 years for various drug offences. Justice Musa Kurya sentenced a pregnant woman, Kudirat Bello to one day imprisonment for possessing 33.3kg of cannabis while 38 year old Obinna Okeke was sentenced to 15 years with hard labour by Justice M. D. Idris for possession of 3kg of cannabis. 118 cases were pending as at December 31, 2014. The command also detected a clandestine laboratory in the State.
Statistics of drug arrests and seizures at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos in the past two years have shown that arrests increased by 16.22 percent while drug seizures decreased by 33.68kg.
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.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have discovered 2.235kg of cocaine inside soles of female shoes imported from Brazil. The cocaine was detected at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) during search of passengers on board an Etihad flight. A suspected drug trafficker who checked-in the bags with the narcotic had been apprehended.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended a technician for allegedly possessing 665 grammes of cannabis. The arrest took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) during the outward screening of passengers on an Etihad flight to Dubai. Dried weeds which tested positive for cannabis concealed in foodstuff were found inside the suspect’s luggage.
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.
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