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A team of the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) from Vienna, Austria are meeting with officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos to assess drug control strategies in the country. Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade while receiving the INCB delegation headed by Dr Galina Korchagina, Vice President of the Board stated that the visit will strengthen the good working relationship between both Agencies.
Dr Galina said that “INCB ensues that adequate drug supplies are available for medical and scientific uses and that leakages from licit sources to illicit traffic do not occur. Nigeria is a crucial country in drug control in the West Africa sub-region and INCB is willing to collaborate with your country in drug control”.
Every arrangement appeared to have been made for a 65 year old grandmother to smuggle 1.740kg of cocaine into London in herbal syrup. It was not her fist time of going to London and the drug was cleverly packed to avoid detection. It was packed in balloons and inserted in ten plastic containers of herbal syrup. The suspect, Hassan Fatimat Abike also known as Chika Okoye was to board a British Airways flight when officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested her at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Wednesday.
According to the Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the suspect has two international passports that bear Hassan Fatimat Abike. Her passport numbers are A03348648 and A3771781A. “She was caught during the screening of British Airways passengers to London. The cocaine found in her possession was packed in balloons and prepared into the shape of the plastic bottles. It was also wrapped in black polythene inside 10 plastic bottles of local herbal mixtures. Each bottle was neatly sealed to avoid suspicion” Hamza explained.
The Federal Government has reconstituted the Governing Board of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke on Thursday September 6, 2012 inaugurated the Governing Board in his conference room in Abuja. Adoke charged the board members to render quality services stressing that they were appointed based on their track record of excellence.
Adoke noted that the inauguration of the board was in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to strengthen drug control in the country. In his words, “your appointment is coming at a time the Agency is grappling with the upsurge in the global production of and trafficking in narcotic drugs. You are therefore expected to provide overall policy direction for the Agency”.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), AhmaduGiade at the weekend dedicated an award of excellence for zero tolerance on drug trafficking presented to the Agency by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Lagos Chapel to officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. Giade said that the fallen heroes numbering over 100 deserve more because they paid the supreme price of fighting the drug war. The Award of Excellence was part of activities marking the NUJ/FRCN Lagos Chapel 2012 Press Week.
FRCN Lagos Chapel of the NUJ, Mrs. Bimbo Oyetunde said that the activities of the awardees have given hope to many people. In her words, “the awardees of today were carefully selected going by their giant strides towards the socio-political and economic growth of our dear country. In particular, their activities have gone a long way to restore hope in the citizens of this country”.
Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended a 26 year old man in connection with 8.5kg of methamphetamine concealed inside metal pipes. The suspect Afunaya Thaddeus Izunna who sells phone accessories at Ikeja, Lagos was found to be in possession of the narcotic drug during the screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline flight to New Delhi, India at the weekend. The drug worth 27 million naira was discovered when anti-narcotic officers insisted in searching the metal pipes inside his luggage.
The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the drug with a total weight of 8.5kg is one of the highest seizures recently recorded at the Lagos airport. “This is one of the largest seizures recorded at the Lagos airport in recent time. It was a clever mode of concealment but I am glad we were able to detect it and the suspect apprehended. The case is under investigation” Hamza stated.
According to the suspect who is married with 2 children, his role in the criminal act was to deliver the drug. “I am a trader.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has vowed to put an end to the abuse of narcotic drugs and unconventional substances like rubber solution, petrol, lizard dung and pit toilet in Kano to get high. The NDLEA boss made the disclosure at the public destruction of 20,949.411kg of narcotics in Kano at the weekend.
“We are determined to stop the abuse of narcotics and unconventional substances such as rubber solution, petrol, lizard dung and pit toilet all in a bid to get high. All hands must be on deck to protect lives from destruction. It is unhygienic, harmful and unacceptable. We will not fold our hands and watch our youths get involved in such unworthy practices, Giade stated.
Official statistics of the NDLEA show that no female was caught for drug trafficking and abuse in Kano State in 2011 even as the State maintains its position in the annual list of arrested drug suspects. Unlike in 2010 when 618 males and 20 females were arrested in connection with drug trafficking; all 1,281 suspects apprehended in 2011 in the State were males.
NDLEA VOWS TO RID FCT OF HARD DRUGS, ARRESTS STUDENT OF OWO POLYTECHNIC, 28 OTHERS WITH 169.063KG OF HARD DRUGS.
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have nabbed a student of marketing in Owo Polytechnic, Mr. Henry Joseph, 30 years, with 107.4kg of cannabis sativa.
Also arrested was a correspondence student with American Hotel Education Institute, Mr. Charles Babalola, 23 who hails from Ibadan, Oyo state and 28 others who were in possession of additional 61.66kg of various types of Narcotic drugs.
SUICIDE BOMBERS ARE MOTIVATED BY DRUGS- NDLEA DG
The Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Mr. Femi Ajayi has attributed the gruesome activities of suicide bombers and terrorist groups to use of illicit of drugs. The DG made the assertion during the public presentation of three books on drug abuse prevention in Lagos written by an officer of the NDLEA. According to Mr Femi, there is no normal human being who will happily die in an explosion save under the influence of narcotics.
DESPEARATE WOMAN INSERTS 66 WRAPS OF NARCOTICS IN PRIVATE PART
A 48 year-old woman, Mande Fatima Bala has set a new record in narcotic smuggling in the country. She inserted 66 wraps of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing one kilogramme in her private parts as she attempted to board a Kenyan Airways flight to Nairobi. According to the Agency, no suspect has ever inserted such a large quantity of drugs in private part since the establishment of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 1989. The suspect who is a graduate of accountancy was apprehended a week ago at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
As Nigeria joins the world in marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that it had successfully arrested 46,087 suspected drug traffickers and seized 1,310,860.348kg from 2006 till date. Cannabis has the largest share of the seized drugs with 1,284,341.896kg. Cocaine is next with 16,746.629kg; psychotropic substances are 9,128.747kg while heroin is 643.076kg. A total of 9,782 persons were also convicted during the period.
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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