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NDLEA operatives intercept drugs concealed in statue of Blessed Virgin Mary

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NDLEA operatives intercept drugs concealed in statue of Blessed Virgin Mary

NDLEA operatives apprehend dare-devil narcotics couriers who used the statue of Mary, Mother of Jesus, to conceal their illicit drugs in Lagos.
The operatives attached to two courier companies intercepted the drugs concealed in the statue and some in auto spare parts to be despatched to Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agency’s director, media and advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated on Saturday in Abuja that 140grammes of Methamphetamine packaged in the statue of Mary was seized in one of the courier companies.
The drug was to be delivered in The Philippines.

Babafemi explained that 500grammes of heroin concealed in auto spare parts heading to Canada were also intercepted at a second courier company.
He stated also that a package of 3.1 kg of Indian hemp concealed inside spices, and another package of one kilogramme of Indian hemp concealed inside local herbs were seized.
The two packages were to be delivered at the UAE,
In a related development, the NDLEA arrested 31 suspects in Ondo State for being in possession of 276 kg of assorted illicit drugs. Those arrested included seven females.
They were arrested during a two-week raid which began on April 6.
Babafemi said that the sting operations were carried out to curb the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths and even the elderly in Ondo State.
He added that the illicit drugs seized were 74.285kgs of Indian hemp, 267grammes of other psychotropic substances; 201kgs of “skuchies’’ (a combination of Indian hemp, tramadol, ethanol, and “Zobo’’).
NDLEA dismantled or destroyed most of the vending spots where the drugs were being dispensed, he said.
In Akwa Ibom, the NDLEA also seized 62.150kg of illicit drugs in Oron and Uyo.
Babafemi quoted the NDLEA Commander in the state, Mrs Obot Bassey, as saying that four suspects were arrested in two sting operations conducted on April 22 and April 23.
He stated that NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, had commended operatives in the two states and those of Operations and General Investigations Directorate in Lagos for their steadfastness

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Senator Seriake Dickson condemns, calls for cessation of all forms of attacks on the Police

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The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for cessation of all forms of attacks on the police as he condemned the series of attacks on police formations in the country.
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State spoke when he paid a solidarity visit on the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

The senator unequivocally condemned the attacks and called for a cessation of all such criminal acts.

Dickson said he was at the Force Headquarters to solidarize with the IGP and the entire police family on the account of the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on Police.
He also condemned the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other Government infrastructure in some parts of the country.
He said the Police is not the problem of the nation and should not be seen as the enemy of the people.
The Senator, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.

He commended Police men and women for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.

The IGP, in his response, thanked the Senator for his visit as he assured him and the Nigerian people that in spite of the numerous challenges the Nigeria Police is facing, it would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property.

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NDLEA arrests Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East (LCDA) with 1kg of cocain

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Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.

He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos

Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.

Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.

Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.

“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.

Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.

“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.

“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned

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Insecurity will soon fizzle out, says IGP

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The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has admitted that the nation’s security ecosystem is being challenged, but restated his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges.

He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.

He spoke as he ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers and other operational assets of the Force for water-tight security ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond. 

His order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force as part of efforts by the Police leadership toward stabilizing security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens. 

The IGP, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations. He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges.     
In addition, the IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols. He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He however warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism, while exhibiting compassion, decorum and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens. 

Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of common good. 

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