Osun NDLEA Seizes 272 KGS Of Canabis Sativa, Nab One Suspect

By Nofisat Marindoti 

The Osun Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed that it has seized 272 KGS of Canabis Sativa and arrested one suspect. 

While briefing journalists, the State Commandant, Samuel Egbeola said the 272 KGS Cannabis Sativa in nineteen sacks were seized on the on 4th of January at Ifewara town of the state. 

Emphasizing the agency’s commitment to making the state a crime free one, Egbeola called for more support from the citizens.

“The intelligence on this seizure was given by good people of the state and we solicit for more of this from them. Investigation has commenced. We are always ready to achieve our mandate of making the state a drug free state.”

Over 617 Suspects Arrested By NDLEA, 3.5 Tones Of Assorted Narcotics Recovered

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) command in Jigawa says it has been able to arrest over 617 suspects and recovered 3.5 tonnes of assorted narcotics between January and December 13 in the state.

This was made known by the NDLEA Commander in the state, Josephine Obi, at a news conference in Dutse on Monday.

Obi said that out of the 617 arrested suspects, the command had secured conviction of 106 to various jail terms ranging from six to 36 months imprisoment.

H e added that 450 of the suspects had been counseled by the command within the period under review.

The commandant pointed out that 70 per cent of the seized drugs was psychotropic substances.

He added that “the jigawa command of the NDLEA from January to December 13, despite challenges faced, has achieved a lot in its drug war viz-a-viz arrest and seizure, prosecution and counselling.

“The command arrested over 617 suspects within the period under review, while a total seizure quantity of of 3.5 tonnes of various types of illicit drugs was made.

“The command also convicted 106 drug suspects to various jail terms, while 450 of suspects were counseled.”

According to her, the agency conducted Drug Education activities in the state aimed at educating students and individuals of the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking.

Obi noted that the command was able to reach more than 40,000 people through various public enlightenments it carried out in schools, markets and places of public interest.

“We also conducted about 11 programmes to educate people on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking.

“The programmes were aimed at creating awareness and counseling drug users as well as enhancing activities of relevant stakeholders’ involvement in fighting drug menace.

“Drug-Free Clubs were also established in various schools within the state,” Obi explained.

She, therefore, urged the public to always give the command credible information that would assist it in tackling the menace of abuse of illicit drugs.

“The abuse of psychotropic substance and cough syrup had been a worrisome development which the command had been battling to address.

“All hands must be on deck to tackle the menace.”

 

NDLEA: 86 People Arrested For Drug Trafficking In Edo

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Edo State command has arrested 86 people, suspected to be trafficking illicit drugs.

Mr Buba Wakawa the Commander of the agency in Edo, told the Newsmen in Benin on Monday that the suspects were arrested between July and September this year.

According to him, the suspects are made up of 61 males, including a Malian and 25 females. Wakawa said that 2, 930 kg of hard drugs were seized within the period and that 46.8 hectares of suspected cannabis farms were also destroyed. The commander said the cannabis farms were estimated to be producing 217,414 kg of cannabis.

However, a breakdown of the seized drugs is cannabis (2,929.6 kg), Tramadol (159 grammes), Swino (four grammes), Vegha (26 grammes), Codeine (29 grammes) and Heroin (20 grammes). He said that the agency had successfully prosecuted one Obiora Nkemokonam, who was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for possessing 20 kg of cannabis.

Wakawa said that two vehicles and two motorcycles had been impounded from suspects in connection with the seizures. He said that 37 drug-dependent people had also been counselled and reunited with their families, while three other people who were currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Wakawa lamented that the drug menace was not showing signs of abatement, calling on stakeholders to strengthen cooperation in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.

“Drug seizures in the state are on the increase, while cannabis farms are overwhelming. “Cases of drug abuse are also posing greater challenge daily as more victims are getting trapped in the web of drug abuse. “This calls for greater commitment on our part to resist the activities of drug cartels.’’

He appealed for increased funding and logistics support to the command to enable it to surmount its problems.

Drug Abuse: Health Professionals Call For Holistic Approach

With FRANCIS EZEDIUNO

In order to curtail indiscriminate abuse of drugs and substance, some medical practitioners have advocated a holistic approach towards its eradication from the society.

The medical practitioners, Doctors Dokun Adedeji and Adeoye Oluwole gave this advice during a live radio interactive programme in Osogbo recently.

Dr. Oluwole, who is a practising Psychiatric and Consultant at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo called for the overhauling of the Act establishing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) so that its core job would focus on launching massive campaigns to secondary schools and higher institutions of learning.

He stated that the NDLEA was just like another agency of the civil service where operatives just go about carrying guns and pushing chunks of files in their offices.

Dr. Adeoye maintained that the agency should establish a standard education department where they would undertake enlightenment campaigns to schools and involve parents, students, teachers and other sister government agencies.

Also, Dr. Adedeji called on the NDLEA, to localise its war on drugs, instead of embarking on interdiction.

According to him, “the NDLEA has done a fantastic job of fighting drug use at the international levels from the airports and borders but they have only succeeded in catching the minions because the real drug barons are in their comfortable offices from where they direct their operations.

“The western countries have given the agency all the gadgets they need in order to keep the drugs at home so that they won’t cross over to their side but this is not the solution.

“In this regard, I support Dr. Adeoye in that the war on drugs should be more local. The fight should be directed inward and not outwardly”.

The duo decried the situation where suspected drug users are chased away from schools and societies left on their own.

They stated that if chased out, they would go to other schools and set up another cell there.

“These groups of people need counselling and psychiatric treatment so that they will go forward in life.

“But how will they encourage these type of treatments when the society frowns at rehabilitation. When they see you in a psychiatric institution like the ones in Yaba, Lagos and Aro in Abeokuta, there is always a stigma attached to it”.

NDLEA Destroys 60.5 Hectares Of Cannabis Farm, Arrests Two Suspects In Osun

For the second time in two weeks, The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Osun State Command has achieved another feat. The agency has destroyed another 60.8 hectares of Cannabis farm located at Ikeji Arakeji in Oriade local Government Area of the state. 
The state commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Samuel Egbeola disclosed this during an interview with journalists at the agency’s office in Osogbo.
Egbeola revealed that the cannabis farm was destroyed on the 5th of October following a tip-off from an intelligent source.
He said the agency equally seized ten bags of already harvested Cannabis which weighed 107.4kilograms.
Egbeola said the agency was also able to arrest two suspects in the farm.
The NDLEA boss however, reassured the people of the state that the agency would always stick to its responsibilities of ensuring a drug free state and therefore call on public to always provide the agency with information on illicit drug plantations, especially Cannabis plantations.
He said the agency would not relent in its fight against illicit drugs across the state.
“We are using this medium to appeal to the people of the state to always relate information on plantations, especially Cannabis plantations to the agency. Our office is at testing ground area in Osogbo and it is always open.
“Lets us work together in ensuring a drug free State. We express our gratitude to those who have been giving us information.
“We also use this medium to solicit for the support of the press. It is our mandate to rid the state of illicit drugs and  this could only be made possible with your support and cooperation.” Egbeola added.

NDLEA Destroys 16 Hectares Of Cannabis Farm In Osun

The Osun State Command of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency said it has destroyed 16.8 hectares of cannabis farm located at Ikoyi in Isokan Local Government area of the state.

 

The state commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Samuel Egbeola disclosed this during an interview with journalists at the agency’s office in Osogbo.

Egbeola revealed that the cannabis farm was destroyed on the 26th of September following a tip-off from an intelligent source.

He said the agency equally seized 25kilograms of already harvested Cannabis found on the farm but because no one was found on the farm or it’s environs on the fateful day, no arrest made.

The NDLA boss however reassured the people of the state that the agency was always awake to its responsibilities in ensuring a drug free Osun state and therefore call on public to always provide the agency with information on illicit drug plantations, especially Cannabis plantations.

He said the agency would not relent in its fight against illicit drugs across the state.

“We are using this medium to appeal to the people of the state to always relate information on plantations, especially Cannabis plantations to the agency. Our office is at testing ground area in Osogbo and it is always open.

“Lets us work together in ensuring a drug free State of Osun. We express our gratitude to those who have been giving us information.

“We also use this medium to solicit for the support of the press. It is our mandate to get the State rid of illicit drugs and  this could only be made possible with your support and cooperation.” Egbeola added.

NDLEA Arrests 14 Farmers With Cannabis In Gombe

14 farmers were arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe State on Tuesday for cultivating Cannabis. Mr Aliyu Adole the Commandant of the agency in the state told newsmen in Gombe that the farmers were arrested with 413.19 kilogrammes of Cannabis.

He said nine of them were arrested with 322.6 kg at Kulani village of Balanga Local Government Area of the State, while five were with 191.300 kg at Amkargu village of Taraba State.

He added that “we have been on farm raid in the past one month and we arrested 14 people with 413.19 kilogrammes of Cannabis from two villages; some farmers have hectares of Cannabis farms, while some plant in their backyards.

“We also arrested five others with 191.300 kilogrammes of the substance at the boundary village between Gombe and Taraba, headed by an old man of about 76 years who claims that he is 62 years.”

According to him, all of them will be charged to Federal High Court for prosecution.

Kogi To Partner NDLEA On Drug Abuse

Lokoja, Aug. 24, (2017) Mrs Bolanle Amupitan, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in Kogi, on Thursday said the state government would collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement agency (NDLEA) to control drug abuse in the state.

Amupitan, who disclosed this while receiving NDLEA officials in Lokoja, said the state government would participate in this year’s commemoration of the international drug abuse day in the state.

She also said that the state government would support drug addicts to overcome their challenges.

She described poverty, marital problems and lack of parental care as some of the causes of drug abuse and called for support to rehabilitate the addicts.

She assured the agency of the government supports, adding that there was an initiative of the Northern Governor’s Wives Forum (NGWF) to tackle the menace of drug abuse among the youths.

The commissioner said the governor’s wife, Mrs Rashida Bello, would participate in this year’s celebration to encourage parents to guide their children against drug abuse.

Earlier, the Commander of NDLEA in the state, Idris Bello, said the agency was ready to partner the state government to control the menace of drug abuse in the state.

Kano Govt To Construct New Drugs Market

A new drugs market would be constructed at the Kano Economic City, the governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed.
“Already an agreement has been reached between the contractor, JAIZ Bank, the drug marketers and other relevant stakeholders in respect of the project”, he governor added.
The move, he stated, was in compliance with directives of the Federal Ministry of Health, to build separate market for drug vendors, to ensure that their business was properly supervised.
Governor Ganduje made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, in Kano, while receiving an award given to him during the recent National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Annual conference, where he was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.
The honor was based on Governor Ganduje’s stride in checking the menace of drug abuse and his remarkable effort in supporting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Maintaining that his administration is deeply concerned about the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, he announced that in consolidation of its anti drug war, the state government has not too long ago, confiscated banned drugs worth hundreds of millions of Naira which would be destroyed soon.
The governor also stated the government-owned Kiru reformatory would soon be renovated and expanded to include a separate section for female drug abusers, lamenting that the problem of drug addiction among women, especially married ones in the state, was becoming alarming.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue so while thanking NDLEA for this award, I want to emphasize that our commitment in the war against drug users and traffickers will remain tough”, he said.

NPA Boss Orders NDLEA, SON, To Vacate Ports Nationwide

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has set in motion implementation of the executive order issued by acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on ease of doing business.

NPA yesterday ordered the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and other related agencies to immediately vacate the ports across the country.

 Managing Director of the NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting comprising the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), operators and major stakeholders operating in the ports.

She listed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the landlord, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Police, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Port Health Authority (PHA) as the only agencies approved to operate in the ports.

Usman said: “These are the seven agencies that are mandated and have approval to operate in the port, any agency that is operating in the port outside of these agencies are not required to and they should be aware that they need to vacate whatever location they are currently having within the port because the current approval and provision provides that they are not to operate in the port.”
She added that the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is to come to the port only when their services are required.

 “This is the current position of the agencies that are operating in the port. I can assure you that we have started implementing the executive orders, what is required now is for us as agencies of government to come together and harmonise and coordinate with stakeholders. We have issued the directives and our various officers have put in place the mechanism for implementing the executive order. The executive orders will enhance our operations and reduce the cost of doing business and improve the ease of doing business in our port.

“We have six number executive orders that are attributable to port operations and we felt the need to bring together all agencies of government that operate in the port. The purpose of this meeting is to deliberate with stakeholders to fashion out ways we can implement the executive orders at the stipulated timelines. I will want in the first instance to recognise the seven approved government agencies that will be operating in the port. In 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan approved the guideline to streamline the operations of agencies of government that are to operate in the port, “she said.

Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, said the federal government has embarked on a change process that has manifested in the executive orders.

“I take this opportunity to underscore the importance of this meeting; it is key to our operations. We have never had this before; the tendency is for us to say it is one of those things that come once in a while. This time around, it is going to stay because we believe that all of us should be committed to this. It emanated from the ease of doing business. We are trying to reduce time and processes in doing what we are doing and it is only when we abide by this that we can achieve it. Our being here this afternoon is to underscore the seriousness.

“We have been given a marching order there is no doubt about it, our duty now is to implement the order the way it is. What I enjoin all of you is to join hands with us so that we will implement this to the letter. If we do this, first and foremost we would have succeeded in meeting the mandate, secondly, we would have succeeded in reducing the cost and time of doing business at the port.

“The most critical thing is time and cost, for importers, these are very critical for them. Even for those of us who are operators it is critical to us. I don’t see why we should spend more time doing what we should do in less time. I don’t see why we should elongate our processes of papers and approvals, it just doesn’t make sense. This is the time for change”.

Lagos Socialite Forfeits 9 Houses to NDLEA

Funmilola Arike Ogbuaya, has forfeited nine houses belonging her to the federal government over allegations of drug dealing. She lost the houses to the government after a court ruling in Lagos last week.

Known in social circles as Ariket, Ogbuaya will “temporarily” forfeit the identified property to the federal government.

The newspaper said the court order followed a motion ex-parte marked FHC/L/124c/3017, filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at its sitting on Friday.

Her property listed to be temporarily forfeited include house number 146, Idimu Road, Alimosho, Lagos; 235, Ikotun-Idimu Road, Ikotun, Lagos; 18, Olayiwola Shittu Street, Abaranje, Ikotun, and 13b, Ladipo Kuku, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja.

Others are: 8, Olufemi Avenue, Omiasoro, Ilesa, Ilesa east LGA, Osun state; 6, Hakeem-One, Momoh Close, Governor’s Road, Ikotun; a plot of land at council area, Cele Bus stop, Idimu-Ikotun, and a plot of land along Papalanto-Shagamu Road, Omu-Penpe Village, Obafemi-Owode LGA, Ogun state.

The medium said Ogbuaya, who is linked to several drug deals, was accused of dealing in narcotic drugs and money laundering.

Also known as Funmilola Ogundipe, she is currently at large.