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An Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Drug Control is currently in the process of formulating a National Drug Control Master Plan 2014-2018, which will provide a road map for Nigeria to respond to drug supply and drug control matters for the next five years. The IMC is eager to ensure they have captured as much information as possible to feed into the development of this strategy. A series of town hall meetings are occurring across Nigeria, but we recognise that we can't get to every person who has something valuable to contribute to this strategy.
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.
Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Lagos based auto parts dealer, Anabaronye Tochukwu Ken, 36, for allegedly ingesting 52 wraps of narcotic substances that tested positive for cocaine. The drug weighed 900 grammes. The arrest took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos while attempting to board an Air France flight to Milan.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the arrest of Anabaronye Tochukwu Ken was made possible by the scanning machine at the airport. In his words, “Anabaronye Tochukwu Ken tested positive for drug ingestion during the outward screening of Air France passengers at the departure hall. While he was under observation, he excreted fifty two (52) wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine with a weight of 900 grammes. Anabaronye is helping us in our investigation activities”.
The 36-year-old suspect in his confessional statement pleaded for mercy on the ground that the wife will soon put to birth.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) at the weekend met to deepen modalities for intelligence sharing in the fight against money laundering. This was made known during a visit by technical working group of the NFIU on the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the anti-narcotic Agency at the weekend.
The NFIU team led by Cooperation Analyst, Lawrence Adoli was received by the NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigation, Mr. Olugbenga Mabo at the Agency’s National Headquarters, Lagos.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted one hundred and seven (107) Citi Bank credit cards. The automated teller machine cards were detected inside a luggage during the outward screening of Turkish Airline passengers to Istanbul, Turkey at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. A 36 year-old man with dual identity has been apprehended in connection with the discovered cards.
NDLEA Airport commander, Mr Hamza Umar said that the suspect had two international passports bearing his photographs but with different names. “He had a Nigerian passport with the name Funsho Oladimeji Babatunde and a Turkish passport with the name KosarKursat both bearing his photographs. The cards found in his luggage are 68 Citi Interswitch Master Cards and 39 Citi Interswitch Visa cards” Hamza stated.
DRUG BARONS ABANDON HEROIN IN PRAYING RUGS AS NDLEA ARRESTS SUSPECT FOR INGESTING 400 GRAMMES OF METHAMPHETAMINE
A suspected drug trafficking syndicate had abandoned five (5) kilogrammes of high grade heroin at the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. The drug was hidden inside praying rugs imported from Pakistan. Narcotic officers made the discovery during inward screening of cargoes on Qatar Airline flight. The Agency also arrested a twenty-nine (29) year old man, Osigwe Kelvin Uchenna for ingesting nine wraps of methamphetamine weighing 400 grammes at the airport.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered three (3) kilogrammes of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine inside female hair attachment.
Anti-narcotic officials detected the drugs at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) cargo section of the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA
) Lagos. The drug was meant for export to South Africa.
NDLEA Airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the Agency apprehended a thirty-seven (37) year-old freight forwarder in connection with the illicit shipment. In his words, “we have arrested a 37 year-old forwarding agent by
name; Mark Udegbulun who brought a consignment of female artificial hair for shipment to South Africa. During examination of the bag, nine (9) of the packs were found to contain parcels of substance that tested positive for methamphetamine hidden inside the artificial hair. He is currently being investigated”.
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