A 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears hijab to evade security scrutiny has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Benue state.
She.was arrested along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.
Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said
Chioma uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities.
He said she was arrested on Saturday 17th July, 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital. “Their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra state was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
“A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
“Curiously, the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.”
Babafemi also indicated that, the Ondo state command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose local government area of the state.
“The illicit substance was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA and being conveyed to the buyer, a certain Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
Reacting to the two seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA commended the commanders, officers and men of the Benue and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas of responsibility under whatever guise or cover to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country. While wishing them and their colleagues in other Commands across Nigeria a happy sallah celebration, he charged them to remain vigilant at all times.
“For us in NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why we’ll continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us”, Gen. Marwa stated on Wednesday in Abuja.
IGP Baba effects new posting/ Redeployment of AIGs
Following the new Manpower Development Policy of the Force, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting and redeployment of twenty-four (24) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to Zonal Commands and Formations
The IGP has assured the nation that the posting and redeployment of the Senior Police Officers will further help in driving the new policing vision, which amongst other things, is targeted at improving policing services across the country and effectively responding to security threats in the country.
The posting and the redeployment of the Senior Police Officers he said is with immediate effect.
With the posting and redeployment,AIG Bala Ciroma Moves to Zone-7 Abuja, AIG Usman Belel, AIG John Amadi and AIG Adeleke Adeyinka are posted to FCID Annex Lagos, Maritime and Zone 9 Umuahia respectively.
The posting and redeployment was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Force public Relations officer Cp Frank Mba indicates that,
AIG SPU FHQ ABUJA – AIG ZAKI M. AHMED
AIG ZONE 4 MAKURDI – AIG MUSTAPHA DANDAURA
AIG CTU FHQ ABUJA – AIG DANSUKI D. GALADANCHI, mni
AIG ZONE 17 AKURE – AIG OKON ETIM ENE, mni
AIG BORDER PATROL FHQ ABUJA – AIG USMAN D. NAGOGO
AIG ZONE 7 ABUJA – AIG BALA CIROMA
AIG ZONE 9 UMUAHIA – AIG ADELEKE ADEYINKA BODE
AIG ZONE 13 UKPO-DUNUKOFIA AWKA – AIG MURI UMAR MUSA
COMMANDANT POLAC WUDIL-KANO – AIG LAWAL JIMETA TANKO
AIG FCID ANNEX LAGOS – AIG USMAN ALHASSAN BELEL.
AIG DOPS FHQ ABUJA – AIG ADEBOLA EMMANUEL LONGE.
AIG INVESTMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MUSA ADZE, fdc
AIG DICT FHQ ABUJA – AIG PHILIP SULE MAKU, fdc
AIG ZONE 6 CALABAR – AIG USMAN SULE GOMNA
AIG COOPERATIVE – AIG ADAMU USMAN
AIG ZONE 3 YOLA – AIG DANIEL SOKARI-PEDRO, mni
AIG DTD FHQ ABUJA – AIG AHMED MOHAMMED AZARE
AIG FCID ANNEX KADUNA – AIG MAIGANA ALHAJI SANI
AIG ZONE 12 BAUCHI – AIG AUDU ADAMU MADAKI
AIG MARITIME LAGOS – AIG JOHN OGBONNAYA AMADI, mni
AIG ZONE 8 LOKOJA – AIG EDE AYUBA EKPEJI
AIG ARMAMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MOHAMMED L. BAGEGA
AIG ZONE 15 MAIDUGURI – AIG BELLO MAKWASHI
AIG WORKS FHQ ABUJA – AIG BALARABE ABUBAKAR
Hunters arrest three kidnappers, recover guns, other items in Kogi
Hunters from Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday nabbed two kidnappers suspected to be terrorizing the area while security operatives recovered three guns from the arrested criminals
The chairman of Okehi Local Government Area Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare Ozovehe who led the operation to the kidnapper’s hideout in Arima, Ijumu LGA said exhibits they recovered were two (2) guns from Murne Beji, a locally made medium barrelled Revolver using AK 47 bullets and a locally made long-barrelled gun.
He stated that the two other members of the kidnap gang who were at large before, Kadi Abdullahi and Rabiu Muhammadu (Rabe) were also arrested and a locally made pistol recovered from them.
The chairman inducated that the suspects have been remanded in custody and helping the Security Agencies with useful information that would help in the arrest of others.
The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu while commenting on the issue said the state’s security architecture has continued to stand the test of time adding that it has recorded successes against several intricacies by criminal elements
He opined that the results they were recording were maily due to the boost in the morale and support by the Hovernor to security operatives
Onogwu commended security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring there is peace in the state.
The chief press Secretary noted that the effort of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country is yielding good results.
He noted that the Governor has at various fora made commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements
He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to sustain the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors
Press Freedom: Report exposes FG, Govs, Senators, others over murder, right abuses of journalists
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration, State Governors, National Assembly members, politicians, security agencies, among others have been indicted by a report cataloging atrocities, murder, torture and rights abuses of journalists practisiing in Nigeria
The report entitled: “The State of Media Freedom in Nigeria”, launched in by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Media Foundation for West Africa, at a press conference in Abuja, focused primarily on the last six years of President Buhari.
The report took note of all journalists killed and those whose deaths have been shrouded in mystery.
It also listed journalists harassed by State actors and beaten up in their line of duty. Media houses harrased by security operatives, were included in the report.
National President of NUJ , Chris Isiguzo, while speaking during the presentation decried the repeated harassment of journalists adding that practising in Nigeria has become a dangerous venture.
For the period being reviewed, 2016- 2020, the report said it has recorded some of the highest levels of violence
targeting journalists in the country. T”hese statistics constitute an indictment of the poor record on
democracy and rule of law in Nigeria. The lack of transparency, corruption and politics of exclusion oten result in frustrations and violent rivalries, creating dangerous environments in which journalists
bome easy targets for powerful forces intent on suppressing dissent and evading public
Part of the report reads: “Politicians have realised that to acquire power, either through legitimate means or through outright manipulations, they need to obtain the connivance of the media. And politicians and political office holders also know that to retain power, they require the support of the media, ditto those who wish to ascend to power.
“Even those whose positions are threatened suddenly realise the need to pocket the media. These elements have compounded the problems of the media. The media in Nigeria have suffered a number of setbacks over the years, with the obvious but unsuccessful attempts by government to control them. There are equally increased harassment and killings of journalists in the country.
“These acts are daily causing frustrations among media professionals in the country.
Politicians, both in and out of government are increasingly filing legal cases against journalists who especially report on allegations of corruption, while security operatives have been used to block access
for reporters in several areas.
“Acts of impunity against journalists, particularly murder, is the ultimate form of censorship. These unfortunately, are likely to continue unabated. From the murder of Dele Giwa in 1986 through a parcel bomb, the killers are yet to be fished out and brought to book. Since then several attacks have been recorded against journalists, in spite of the fact that attacks against journalists and media equipment are illegal under international humanitarian law and the Nigerian legal system.
“Clear signals indicate that such killings are sponsored by desperate politicians and high office holders who had things they wished kept secret. For the period being reviewed, 2016- 2020, we have recorded some of the highest levels of violence targeting journalists in the country. These statistics constitute an indictment of the poor record on democracy and rule of law in Nigeria.
“The lack of transparency, corruption and politics of exclusion often result in frustrations and violent rivalries, creating dangerous environments in which journalists become easy targets for powerful forces intent on suppressing dissent and evading public accountability.
“The increasing rate of violations of media professionals and members of their families, is a clear signal that journalists are now being deliberately targeted as a result of the work they do. At least 300 violations affecting about 500 journalists, media workers and media houses have been recorded in Nigeria under the regime of President Buhari.
“On April 11, 2016 around 3. Am, an unknown gunman kidnaped Tope Kuteye, the Channels TV correspondent in Owerri from his home. The kidnapper later made a ransom demand of N15million.
“On December 2016, the Department of State Service in Lokoja, Kogi State, arrested Friday Ogungemi, publisher of Policy and Lawmaker Magazine and detained him without trial. This action which was at the instance of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was another example of how prominent Nigerians react to Media scrutiny. Friday Ogungemi’s alleged crime was authoring an Editorial on the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Edward Onoja.
“On January 17, 2017, the Borno State Police Command arrested and detained Inuwa Bwala, Publisher of National Trial newspaper in Abuja, at the instance of a top politician in 2016. This Journalist had to send an SOS (Save Our Soul) to the Nigeria Union of Journalists and friends that there was threat to his life in detention. It took the intervention of the Union to secure his release.
“On January 13, 2017, the Police CID in Area 10 Garki, Abuja, arrested and detained Desmond Utomwen, publisher of Freshnews, an online newspaper, at the instance of a serving Customs officer, Inspector Umaru Faru. Desmond was working on a story which allegedly was critical of the said officer. Desmond was released following the intervention of Police AIG Usman Shehu who received a complaint from the NUJ. The Union demanded for a thorough investigation by the customs of the alleged corruption by Umaru Faru, but to no effect.
“On January 19, 2017, the police arrested Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi alongside the Judiciary Reporter, Evelyn Okakwu, and held them for several hours at Police Headquarters in Abuja. This was at the instance of the Chief of Army Staff then, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai who complained about defamation of character.
“On April 19, 2017, some men of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Nigeria Police Force, arrested and detained Midat Joseph, correspondent of the Leadership newspaper for being critical of Kaduna State Government and the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s administration. The journalist later released on bail granted by a court after spending two nights at the Police cell.”
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