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NDLEA UNCOVERS 3 METHAMPHETAMINE PRODUCTION FACTORIES, HOW DRUG CARTEL PAY COLOMBIAN KINGPIN $38,000 DOLLARS WEEKLY
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has raised concern over the health and security implication of illegal methamphetamine production in the country. This followed the discovery of three production factories in Lagos and Anambra States as well as the arrest of a Colombian drug kingpin who specialises in the establishment of methamphetamine production laboratories.
Heroin hidden in woollen carpets and footballs as well as other seized and forfeited narcotics were on Thursday November 15, 2012 publicly destroyed by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Badagry, Lagos. The Chairman/Chief Executive of the anti-narcotics Agency, Ahmadu Guiade who supervised the exercise where over 12.6 tons of illicit drugs were destroyed said that any society that fails to destroy drugs will end up being destroyed by drugs. The street value of the drugs is 13.6 billion naira.
Two suspected drug traffickers held by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have blamed their friend for luring them into the criminal act. The men were apprehended for attempting to export 4.285kg of methamphetamine to India. The arrests took place at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during routine search on passengers boarding Ethiopian airline flight to India. The substance that tested positive for methamphetamine is valued at 68.5 million naira.
The drug according to the NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar was hidden inside a brown luggage. The names of the suspects are Eboro Joe Okwudili, 41 years old and Opara Daniel 30 years old. Hamza explained that “Eboro was the person travelling while Opara Daniel was assigned to monitor Eboro to avoid diversion of the drug.
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.
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