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NDLEA Operatives Intercept 442 Crystal Meths At Lagos Airport

NDLEA Operatives Intercept 442 Crystal Meths At Lagos Airport

442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of smoked fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates have been intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The hard drugs were uncovered by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) through the SAHCO export shed of the airport.

According to a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the 11.90kg consignment was brought on Friday, August 5 by a 32-year-old freight agent, Adekunle Paul, from Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State.

He said Paul was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.

“The next day, Saturday 6th August, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai, UAE was also intercepted by NDLEA operatives who arrested the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef, that presented the cargo for export at the SAHCO shed. The 39-year-old agent is from Abeokuta West LGA, Ogun State,” the statement read.

Similarly, a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Eberechukwu was arrested by anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.

Eberechukwu was apprehended on Saturday, August 6 after his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight. The suspect, who hails from Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was said to have passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.

In Kaduna State, three suspects, Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u, and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday, August 11, with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg.

While a 28-year-old female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, from the Wurno council area of Kano State, was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg, the NDLEA recovered 1,773.25kg of cannabis Sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of Lagos State in separate raid operations between August 9 and 10.

At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis Indica (Colorado) weighing 43kgs were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.

The illegal consignment seized on Friday, August 12, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada, and was concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in a container.

In Abia State, two suspects, Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday 12th August with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba, a week after Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June.

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Court Remands Wasiu Toheeb, 20, For Raping 40-year-old Woman

Magistrate S. A. Adesina sitting at an Iyaganku Court, Ibadan, has ordered that 20-year-old Wasiu Toheeb, be remanded in custody for allegedly raping a 40-year-old woman.

Toheeb, who was also charged with assault and theft, however, pleaded not guilty.

Adesina, refused to take Toheed’s plea for want of jurisdiction and directed the police to take the case file to the Oyo State director of public prosecutions for advice.

Adesina adjourned the case until Nov. 24 for mention.

The prosecutor, Insp Gbemisola Adedeji, told the court that the defendant raped his victim on Sept. 18 at 1.00 p.m. at Omi-Adio, Ibadan.

Adedeji also alleged that the defendant, on the same date, time, and place, assaulted his victim by biting her all over the body, causing her grievous bodily harm.

According to the prosecutor, Toheeb also stole a pair of earrings worth N5,000 and cash of N7,500, from the victim.

She said the offences contravened Sections 358, 355 and 390(9) of the Criminal laws of Oyo State, 2000.

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Soludo Condemns “Wicked, Cruel” Attack On Soldiers

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state  has condemned the killing of soldiers in Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo said the soldiers were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

“We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay.

“We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest.

“There will be absolutely no hiding place for them.

“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack”, the statement read.

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Abiola Emmanuel Bags 2-year Jail Term For Fraud

Abiola Emmanuel, 22, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos State for fraud.

Emmanuel  arraigned on one count of retention of proceeds of crime.

The charge read, “That you, Abiola Emmanuel, on or about March 17, 2022, in Lagos, within the Ikeja jurisdiction of this honorable court, retained in your control the aggregate sum of $38,000, one HP Elite X2 laptop, one Navy Blue Hublot Fission wristwatch and one diamond encrusted Cartier Santos wristwatch, being proceeds of criminal conduct, deceitfully obtained from unsuspecting members of the public.”

The offence is punishable under Section 333 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Z.A. Makinde, appealed to the court for mercy.

An official of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, Michelle Wandoo identified the items recovered from the defendant at the time of arrest and they were tendered as exhibit.

Emmanuel was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000,000. s.000.

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