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NDLEA vows to go after supermarkets, confectionaries dealing in drug cookies

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**Keffi Emir seeks agencys help over rehabilitation centre

The National Drug Law Enforcemwnt Agency (NDLEA) has warned owners/operators of supermarkets and confectionaries to rid their stores of drug cookies, biscuits and other products laced with illicit substances.

Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi who issued a statement to the effect said
Chairman/ Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) gave the warning while receiving further briefing on follow up operations from the Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto over the arrest of a 300-level university student, Rhoda Agboje and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, both of who specialise in producing and selling drug cookies to schoolchildren, clubs and supermarkets in Abuja.
According to the NDLEA boss, as part of our preventive measures, well henceforth go after supermarkets, clubs, confectionaries and other outlets and their owners, selling drug cookies, biscuits, cakes and other products laced with illicit substances under whatever guise.
He said they will not shy away from hitting their production spots, supply and sales outlets before getting into the hands of innocent schoolchildren, unsuspecting members of the public and even vulnerable young men and women.
“We wont rest on this until we chase them out of this criminal business. This is why I want to seize this opportunity to warn owners and operators of supermarkets, clubs and other sales outlets to clean their stores of these illicit substances before we get to them.” Gen. Marwa stated.
The Abuja drug cookies are packaged in designed paper wraps under the name Function with its motto as function right with every bite.

“At the back of the package is a quote the suspects attribute to God to justify their illicit trade; Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seeds, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.

Narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command of the NDLEA had last weekend uncovered a syndicate involved in producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol and rohypnol among other ingredients.

Their lid was blown open following the arrest of Rhoda Agboje with four pieces of the drug cookies on Sunday, 18th April, 2021.

She was arrested at the NNPC Cooperative estate, opposite Gaduwa estate in Abuja based on a complaint that she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat. After eating the drug cookies, the girl lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies.

Under interrogation, the prime suspect, Rhoda confessed she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1, 500. A follow up operation in her boyfriends house led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies. The suspect also said she supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo-Yamusa III, has asked the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to come to the aid of his emirate by taking over a rehabilitation centre being constructed in Keffi through community efforts.

The monarch made the plea when he paid a courtesy visit with other leaders of his emirate to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Gen. Marwa on Thursday at the Agencys headquarters in Abuja.
While commending Gen. Marwa for his outstanding commitment to the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria, the Emir said we have come to plead with you to take over the rehabilitation centre we started as a first class drug treatment facility through private efforts in Keffi. We are doing this because we know the damage drugs can do to any nation.
According to him, with proper funding, the centre can handle the rehabilitation needs of the entire North Central and even most parts of the North. If Keffi is at peace, Abuja will be at peace but if Keffi is on fire due to the menace of drug abuse, Abuja will equally be on fire due to its proximity to the FCT.

In his response, Gen. Marwa commended the Emir for his support to the crusade against drug abuse and assured him of NDLEAs preparedness to work with him to rid his emirate of the drug scourge.

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

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Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has been turbaned with the traditional tittle of “Asor Mtem U Tiv” meaning “The peace builder of the Tiv nation.”

While bestowing the traditional tittle on the governor, the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse, stated that the traditional tittle has
been approved by the Tiv area traditional council.

According to him, the governor was recognized for protecting all his people, particularly the Tiv indigenes resident in the state.

His words: “But because he is not here in person and we don’t send the tittle to the beneficiary, at his appropriate time he will come to the palace to be decorated and conferred.”

The paramount ruler also honoured the wife of the governor Hajiya Silfat Abdullahi Sule with the traditional tittle of “Hwan U Mtem U
Bem U Tiv” which also is translated as the “Rib of the peace builder of the Tiv Nation.

Expressing his gratitude on him via his tweeter handle @Abdullahi A Sule, governor Sule commended the Tor Tiv, and the entire Tiv nation.

“My immense gratitude to the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse and the Tiv Nation for honouring me with the traditional tittle of “As or Mtem U Tiv” which translates to ” The peace builder of the Tiv Nation “.We will not relent in the search for peace in Nasarawa and beyond,” Sule added.

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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