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For summoning the courage to speak truth to power over the deplorable security situation in the troubled region some Northern elders have lauded the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111.

The elders indicated that the Sultan’s position is a true reflection of the state of insecurity in the North, which is largely responsible for the food crisis besetting the nation.
On Thursday, the Sultan had, during a meeting organised by the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) decried the precarious security situation in the North, saying the region is now the worst place to live.
Reflecting on bandits’ activities in the North West, the Sultan said: “People leave foodstuff in their houses for bandits. There is a need for urgent action through actionable engagement, as the security situation in northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome dimension.
“A few weeks ago, over 76 persons were killed in a community in Sokoto in a day. I was there alongside the governor to commiserate with the affected community. “Unfortunately, you don’t hear these stories in the media because it’s in the North.
“We have accepted the fact that the North doesn’t have strong media to report the atrocities of these bandits.”

“People think the North is safe, but that assumption is not true. In fact, it’s the worst place to be in this country. Bandits go around villages, households, and markets with AK47 rifles and nobody is challenging them. They stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed. These are facts I know because I am at the centre of it. I am not only a traditional ruler; I am also a religious leader… 
“We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem; otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we will be losing sleep over insecurity. As religious leaders, we must promote peace, love, unity, and tolerance among our followers… “
Lending their voices to  the monarch’s declaration, the elders under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, in a statement signed, yesterday, by its national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and the National Women Leader, Mario Bichi, said the Sultan vindicated their consistent alarm on the state of insecurity in the region.
The elders, therefore, called on other prominent leaders in the region to join voices in projecting the true position of things in the North, to attract relevant authorities’ attention.
They reiterated their call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig and restructure the country’s security architecture, to cause meaningful change in the status quo. 

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One dead as bandits abduct 10 in Niger State Villages

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One dead as bandits abduct 10 in Niger State Villages

At least 7 villages were raided by bandits killing one person and abducting ten others during attacks in Gurmana community in Shiroro council area of Niger State.
The affected villages are Karibo, Shekadna, Kokki, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Maganda and other adjoining villages all under Gurmana District. According to Daily Trust, the District Head of Sarkin Zama and several others sustained gunshot injuries and are currently on admission at various health facilities in Kuta, the Shiroro local government’s headquarters.
The bandits had gone on a rampage in the communities, burning down houses and barns where yams and grains were stored.
Sources also said that the bandits invaded the communities in large numbers on motorcycles, shooting sporadically.

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After arrest, Drug trafficker excretes 1.750kg cocaine at Lagos airport

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After arrest, Drug trafficker excretes 1.750kg cocaine at Lagos airport

After being apprehended on Easter day at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, a Madrid, Spain bound drug trafficker, Okonkwo Chimezie Henry has excreted a total of 113 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.750 kilogramme with a street value of N423 million.
This was contained in a statement by Director, Media and Advocacy of the National Drug Law Enfircement Agency (NDLEA) Femi Babafemi that was issued in Abuja on Friday.
The statement indicated that Okonkwo was about boarding a Turkish Airline flight number TK0626 at about 8pm when he was apprehended at screening 2 point and taken into custody by the NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport.
He was subsequently put under observation at the JBTF/NDLEA facility for further investigation.
Twenty four hours after putting him under excretion observation, the suspect who has been living in Spain for 10 years excreted 39 wraps of cocaine and subsequently passed out a total of 113 wraps in five exretions. Further investigation reveals he ingested the illicit drug in a hotel in Igando area of Lagos.
According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, the suspect excreted 39 wraps weighing 600 grammes at 9.58am on April 5; 13 wraps weighing 200 grammes at 6.30pm same day; 16 wraps weighing 250 grammes at 10.30pm same day; and 32 wraps weighing 500 grammes at 7.30am on April 6.
In the same vein, operatives at the airport have intercepted a 2.8kg of skunk meant for Dubai in UAE through Emirate Airline.
The illicit drug was concealed in crayfish; bitter leaves and melons packaged in a sack but was recovered at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) in his reaction commended officers and men of the MMIA Command of the Agency for not allowing criminal elements take advantage of the Easter holiday to further their illicit trade, and dent Nigeria’s image abroad.
“We all must stay committed to the ongoing offensive action at the airports, seaports, land borders, on the streets of Nigerian cities and across the various drug joints and even in the forests where some are hiding to cultivate and process cannabis sativa. We must disrupt their illicit trade and dismantle their cartels, Marwa charged.

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NDLEA operatives arrest Trans-border trafficker with 280kg assorted drugs in Kebbi

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***intercepts consignment of codeine syrup heading for Abuja drug joints in Suleja



A suspected illicit drug trafficker from Benin Republic through Lagos to Sokoto, Basiru Ibrahim, has been arrested with 280 kilogrammes of skunk and Diazepam in the Northwest state.
According to a statement issued by director, Media and Advocacy of the agency Femi Babafemi in Abuja on Thursday, the suspect also impersonates as security agent.
According to the State he was caught at about 8.30pm on April 3 conveying 140kg of skunk and another 140kg of Diazepam in his personal Peugeot 406 saloon car with registration number Lagos KSF 60 BE at Kingakwai checkpoint, Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi state.
The statement quoted the state Commander of the NDLEA, Peter Odaudu, to have said that the claim by the suspect who is 38-year-old to being a senior official of the Sokoto state Command of a law enforcement agency is still being investigated.
During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have trafficked drugs three times in the past from Benin Republic for a notorious dealer known as Queen.
In a related development another drug trafficker who attempted to smuggle 2,800 bottles of diverse cough syrups into Abuja was intercepted by operatives of the NDLEA in Suleja, Niger state, where they recovered 1,020 bottles of CS cough syrup with codeine, 390 bottles of CSP cough syrup with codeine and 1,390 bottles of barcadin cough syrup with codeine.
The Commander, Niger state Command of the Agency, Haruna Kwetishe said the illicit substances meant for drug joints in Abuja were procured from Onitsha, Anambra state and diverted to Morada market motor park in Suleja to avoid security scrutiny in Abuja. A 27-year-old Ezema Sunday who was to take delivery of the consignment was arrested on Tuesday 7th April, 2021 along with another suspect, Nehemiah Isa who was caught with 1.3kg of cannabis and 7gramme of Nitrazepam.

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