Eagle eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi disclode that the suspect tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport.
He said she was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
He said the lady claimed to have ended up in a drug peddler due to her desire to make money.
Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul Babafemi said was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves.
“On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airports Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag.
Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.
After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of cannabis sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar.
Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility. He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug related criminalities.
Police Parades three over Kaduna Baptist School Kidnap, Church Robbers
The Nigeria Police Force has paraded three suspected kidnappers in connection with the abductions of 126 students of Bethel Baptist School, Kaduna.
The suspects, cladded in military uniform were paraded by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba Thursday in Abuja.
They are Isiaka Lawal, Muazu Abubakar, and Adamu Bello.
The suspects who confessed to the crime, revealed that they were a 25-man gang that abducted the students.
According to Abubakar, 27, their desperate need for money propelled them to commit the crime.
According to Abubakar, “Twenty five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 126 students and I got N100,000 share from the money.”
The Police high command’s anti-crime outfit, Special Tactical Squad (STS) led by DCP Yusuf Kolo also arrested a Nasarawa state born, fake Army Captain, Monday Akawu who specialised in stealing musical instruments from churches in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Akawu, 39 is said to be a member of a criminal syndicate that robbed more than 16 churches within Nyanya and Karu axis of the FCT.
He was paraded alongside his accomplice and buyer of the stolen church equipment, Joseph Orazulike, 35, resident of EFAB Estate, Maraba, Karu.
While parading the suspects, Mba said, the suspects have committed a “sacrilegious act” and thereby urged church leaders to provide “more security around their churches.”
The suspects, Akawu confessed that, he has participated in the burglary of at least 16 churches located in Nasarawa and some parts of Abuja. He also said most of the churches he robbed include The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM).
He further stated that, he usually dressed in Army uniform to beat security checks after each robbery.
According to him, “I am here because I stole from the church. I have so far stolen from sixteen churches, which includes Mountain of Fire and Redeemed Christian Church of God.
“When I break into a church, my boss taught me to bring those instruments out while a vehicle comes with Nigeria Army uniforms; I change into the uniform in order to bypass security on the road.
“I usually sell each piano keyboard between 60,000 to 90,000 naira depending on how neat they are.”
Monday is said to be an ex-convict who was jailed at Kuja Prison over a rape case while Joseph was also arrested for receiving stolen items.
Briefing newsmen further on some of the recent operations and investigative breakthroughs by operatives of the special Tactical squad in Abuja, the Force Spokesman said, a total of 50 suspects comprising of 48 male and two females were arrested.
The suspects, he said have been indicted for different offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery, car theft, illegal possessions of prohibited firearms, possession and distribution of illicit drugs among other offences established against them.
According to Mba, items recovered from the arrested suspects include: 26 assorted firearms, made up 13 AK 47 rifles, four soft machine guns, four locally made pistols, four dane guns among others.
Also recovered are 2, 701 live ammunition of AK 47, 20 live GPMG ammunition, 12 Piano Keyboard and other electronic appliances stolen from churches.
Mba revealed that, investigations conducted showed how Monday Akawu, the principal suspect has had a long pathway with crime.
The suspect, he explained has come to the “end of the road as the force would do everything possible within the law to ensure that he spent the remaining years in jail.”
This is as he urged Churches in Abuja and across the country to ensure physical security in and around the churches as investigation with the suspects indicated clearly athat the suspects considered the churches vulnerable and weak targets because they believe that they are no guards or security of any sort provided.
“We encourage church operators and leaders not just to provide human guards but also install cameras in their churches and ensure sufficient lighting in and around your churches.
“In addition, we are also calling on all church leaders in and around Abuja that might have been affected in recent time to visit STS office with means of identification to recover their stolen items.
Amnesty International demands probe into alleged rape of late Keren- Happuch
Following the rape and consequent death of a – 14 year old boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher and the controversies around the on-going investigation by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, Amnesty International has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba to wade in and ensure that the rapist is fished out and brought to justice.
Amnesty International said it was deeply concerned about the circumstances that led to the death of Keren-Happuch, insisting that Nigeria was duty bound to foster safe spaces for children and women in line with their domestic and international treaties and conventions.
In a letter signed by Director, Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, the organisation called for a thorough an impartial investigation in order to bring culprit(s) to justice.
In part, the letter reads: “I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International regarding the case of 14-year old Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher, a student of Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, who was allegedly raped in her school and eventually died from complications resulting from the rape. We are deeply concerned by this report and urge the Nigeria Police to promptly, thoroughly, impartially, and effectively investigate this and bring those culpable to justice.
“Through its ratification of domestic, regional, and international human rights laws, Nigeria has obligations to ensure that women and girls can live a life free from violence. As a state party to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, Nigeria undertakes to adopt and implement appropriate measures to ensure that women and girls are protected from all forms of violence, including sexual violence.
“Similarly, Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees that no person shall be subject to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment.
“Amnesty International is urging the Nigeria Police to ensure that:
• A prompt, impartial, effective and independent inquiry is initiated into Keren-Happuch’s case and those found culpable are prosecuted and punished (without recourse to the death penalty);
• Adequate protection is guaranteed for Vivien Akpagher, her family and human rights defenders involved in this case;
• Effective remedies including reparations and guarantees of non-repetition are provided to all affected persons.”
It would be recalled that Amnesty International had earlier written the Inspector General of Police, decrying harassment and threat to life of the leader of the coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders and Executive Director, Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF}, Lemmy Ughegbe and members of his family owing to his effort in demanding justice for Keren.
Amnesty International also asked the Police Chief to offer protection to the Child and Gender Rights Advocate and his family.
NUJ expresses concern over killing of NTA staff in Okene
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi Council, has expressed concern over the killing of a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) staffer, Chukwu Obiahu in Okene
The union has also called on security agencies to live up to their responsibilities by unearthing the circumstances behind the death of the reporter
It was gathered that the late Obiagwu was stoned to death, on Tuesday evening, by unknown assailants shortly after closing from work at Okene, in Kogi Central Senatorial District.
Addressing a news conference in Lokoja on Friday Chairman of the union, Alhaji Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh, also tasked media owners on provision of logistics for their staffers.
While commiserating with the NTA family over the loss, Momoh-Jimoh expressed concern over the security situation in the country, saying it was becoming increasingly difficult for many people to go about their legitimate businesses without fear.
“A young man, who went to work to do his legitimate duty, was killed on his way home. It is so sad; very unfortunate.
“At this juncture, I call on the police to do everything possible to unravel the circumstances behind the death of that young man. It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to go about their legitimate businesses anywhere in Nigeria today.
“I want to commiserate with the family of the deceased and NTA staffers all over the country over the unfortunate incident,” he said.
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