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ARIK CREW ARREST: NDLEA GETS CCTV FOOTAGE OF MAIN ACCOMPLICE, IMPOUNDS TWO MORE VEHICLES, INVITES BROTHER OF MAIN SUSPECT
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has obtained closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of how Arik Air staff, Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver who works as a catering loader smuggled threebags of cocaine among food supplies for flight W3101. The Agency also invited the younger brother of main suspect, Chika Egwu Udensi for questioning.
Mr. Uwachi Amos Udensi, 32 years old was invited in connection with alleged complicity in the ongoing investigation of 20kg of cocaine seized by the United Kingdom Border Force at Heathrow Airport. The vehicles seized from Chika Egwu Udensi include a Land Rover, an Equinox Chevrolet and a DodgeHemiMagnum.
Narcotic investigators are still working on evidences so far gathered on the case. However, it is important to state that the management of Arik Air is giving necessary assistance to theAgency.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has tasked scholars to conduct research on local addictive plants like Zakami found in some northern States in the country and other substances found to be addictive in the country. According to Giade, substance abuse cuts across all segments of society regardless of income, education, occupation,
social class, and age. Research and drug education will generate information tha will help people in making wise decisions.
A 44 year-old drug suspect, Chibude Chide has told anti-drug agents that he invested the sum of two
million naira into drug trafficking because he wanted to earn four million naira profit in return. Chibude was arrested by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA) Lagos. The arrest occurred while he attempted to
board a Qatar Airways flight to China where drug trafficking is punishable by death.
The NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the suspect ingested 1.185kg of
whitish substances that tested positive for cocaine. In his words, “we discovered from our investigation that the suspect sold his property in Enugu and invested the proceeds in drug trafficking due to wrong
counsel from friends. He was apprehended during outward screening of passengers on Qatar flight. The cocaine found on him weighed 1.185kg”.
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”.
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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