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Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have prevented attempt by a forty-nine (49) year old stationer to export 1.699kg of cocaine to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The arrest was made at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja when a passenger, Nwafor Samson Tochukwu tested positive for narcotic ingestion during the outward screening of an Ethiopian airline flight.
NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan said that Nwafor excreted seventy-three (73) wraps of whitish substance that tested positive to cocaine weighing 1.699kgs under observation. "The Abuja airport command of the Agency arrested one Nwafor Samson Tochukwu who tested positive for drug ingestion during routine check on Ethiopian airline passengers. He was immediately placed under observation where he excreted 73 wraps of cocaine that weighed 1.699kgs" Hamisu stated.
Honourable Justice Sale Kogo Idrissa of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano has sentenced an automobile parts dealer, Okeke Chika Victor to ten years imprisonment over heroin smuggling. He pleaded not guilty to a one count charge of unlawful importation of heroin filed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). After five months of intense trial, Justice Sale found him guilty and sentenced him to ten years imprisonment.
The heroin weighing 10.6kg and concealed inside new submersible water pumping machines were illegally imported from Maputo in Mozambique in April 2016. NDLEA officers at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) made the discovery during an inward screening of an Ethiopian Airline flight. After an intense follow-up operation the convict, Okeke Chika Victor was arrested on September 3, 2016 and charged to court.
With an estimated cost of over three hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars per kilogramme of crystal methamphetamine in South East Asia, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is poised to counter moves by drug cartels to explore new markets in the illicit drug trade. The anti-narcotic Agency made good her operational plan following the interception of a textile merchant with 4.4kgs of methamphetamine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja on his way to the kingdom of Cambodia. This is the first seizure of the year at the airport and the first consignment going to Cambodia. The estimated street value of the drug is over ($1.4) million dollars in Asia.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested an importer of electronics on his way to Hong Kong for ingesting cocaine. Another suspect who lives in Athens, Greece was also apprehended in connection with unlawful possession of wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine. The arrests were made at the Murtalla Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to Hong Kong and Egypt Airline flight to Athens.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the suspects had targeted the Christmas holiday to smuggle cocaine out of the country but drug law enforcement officials at the Lagos airport were able to uncover their plan. The total weight of cocaine seized from the suspects is 1.150kgs.
A drug convict, Aluagwu Lawrence, 32, of Iju Ishaga Lagos who was sentenced to life imprisonment for possessing 220 grammes of cannabis has taken the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to the Court of Appeal in contention of the sentence awarded him at the Federal High Court. In response to the motion of appeal, the NDLEA at the weekend filed its brief of argument and March 27, 2017 was fixed for the commencement of the argument of the motion of appeal.
The appellant counsel, Barrister Vincent Nwanna in his submission stated that the 25 years sentence by the Federal High Court on his client for possessing 200 grammes of cannabis is excessive and should be reviewed by the Appeal court. However, the NDLEA counsel, Barrister Jeremiah Aernan said that the Agency has a superior argument because the convict pleaded guilty before the Federal High Court and that the NDLEA Act does not differentiate between quantities of drugs found on dealers.
Meanwhile the Lagos command of the NDLEA arrested 274 suspected drug dealers in 2016 and successfully won the conviction of two hundred and twelve (212) drug dealers comprising 205 males and seven females. This is the highest conviction recorded by the Lagos command. The convicts got various jail term including life imprisonment with hard labour. However, one Joy Amah 34 year old caught with 45.2kg of cannabis was convicted and pardoned by Justice Shagari on the ground that she was five months pregnant and had spent three months in custody.
The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong and the Chairman/Chief Executive, of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd) have called for the strengthening of the legal framework to effectively clamp down on drug barons and their accomplices in the country. This call was made at the Regional Academy for Drug Control (RADC) in Jos, the capital of Plateau State at the occasion of the 2016 Command Officers' Summit.
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Symington W. Stuart has tasked commanders of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on global best practices in counter-narcotics campaign and promised to partner with Nigeria in the dismantling of drug cartels through manpower training and development. Stuart said that he came to Jos, Plateau State to meet with the commanders as a priority considering the benefits of winning the war against drug organized criminal groups. The theme of the summit is Change Begins with Me: Repositioning NDLEA for Effective and Efficient Performance towards A Drug-Free Nigeria.
While expressing confidence on Nigeria's capability to successfully prosecute the drug war, the envoy assured of America's continued collaboration in the fight against drugs. "I am delighted that we have started and we must continue to work together and talk to stakeholders of our collective responsibilities. If you think of any problem to tackle, I trust you to come up with a way to do it better. Whatever efforts you are making in the drug war will not end with you because the benefits are for your children, generations unborn and the world at large" the Ambassador stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called on schools, parents and stakeholders to support the fight against drug abuse and trafficking. The Agency made the call at a public presentation of a student handbook on drug abuse awareness and prevention written by The Drug Salvation Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). The Agency in partnership with the foundation will provide free copies of the book to students as a way of addressing the challenge of drug and substance abuse in schools.