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Cocaine trafficking: Two notorious drug kingpins sentenced to life imprisonment

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Cocaine trafficking: Two notorious drug kingpins sentenced to life imprisonment

By: Michael Mike

Two notorious drug kingpins: Uwaezuoke Ikenna and Agbo Chidike have been sentenced to life imprisonments for drug trafficking offenses.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi the two criminals would now spend the rest of their lives in jail, “bringing an end to their years of criminal enterprise of exporting cocaine across continents following their arrest and diligent prosecution by NDLEA.”

Babafemi said for 43-year-old businessman Uwaezuoke, his journey to a lifetime in jail began when he was first arrested by NDLEA operatives on 19th March 2022 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after he was found to have ingested 100 big wraps of cocaine weighing 2.243 kilogrammes.

Uwaezuoke was subsequently arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 and was granted bail on certain conditions after he pleaded not guilty. He thereafter absconded, leading the court to revoke his bail and issue an arrest warrant against him.

“In a curious twist, Uwaezuoke was again arrested by NDLEA operatives on 1st August 2023, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos while attempting to export 1.822 kilogrammes of cocaine to India through ingestion using a different passport and under a different name, Ilonzeh Onyebuchi.

“He was again arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division in charge number FHC/L/554C/2023. He pleaded guilty to the two counts charge and was convicted and sentenced on 18th October 2023 to a total term of seven years of imprisonment or a fine of ₦1, 500,000.00. He paid the fine and was transferred to Abuja to face the importation case pending against him.

“He was re-arraigned on 20th March 2024 at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik, where he pleaded guilty again. Despite his plea, the court, noting his lack of remorse, the seriousness of drug-related offences and the fact that he is a repeated offender, convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
In the case of 42-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince, he was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the outward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines flight to Hong Kong on 21st October 2023 for ingesting 49 wraps of cocaine weighing 998.73 grammes.

“Upon his arraignment before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, the defendant pleaded guilty to the one count charge, prompting the prosecution to present evidence and review the facts of the case.
Despite the plea of allocutus by the defendant’s counsel, the court, noting the nature of the case and the commercial quantity of the drug, emphasized the seriousness of drug-related offences, convicted and sentenced the defendant on 15th April, 2024 to life imprisonment.”

Meanwhile, NDLEA officers at the Gate C Departure Hall of the Lagos airport last Friday arrested a passenger, Yahaya Oturah, while attempting to export 4,000 pills of tramadol 225mg to Malpensa, Italy on an Ethiopian Airline flight.

The psychoactive substance was found concealed in women wears and granulated melon packed in the suspect’s backpack and another bag containing food items. In his statement, Oturah who is a frequent flyer confessed he was hired to courier the drug for 700 Euros on successful delivery of the consignment in Italy.

In Bayelsa, NDLEA operatives last Wednesday arrested 28-year-old Jennifer Iliya at Amarata area of Yenagoa for producing and distributing cakes laced with illicit drugs especially cannabis sativa. At the time of her arrest, substantial number of the drugged cakes weighing 1.5 kilogrammes were recovered from her. A 20-year-old hair stylist, Josephine Odunu and a dispatch rider, Edesemi Ikporo, 30, had been arrested on Sunday 10th March by NDLEA operatives for in Yenagoa for a similar offence.

Two suspects: Joseph Dadik, 47, and Bensha Yari, 32, were arrested with 24,180 ampoules of pentazocine injection weighing 135.5 kilogrammes at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, while Adamu Umar, 18, was nabbed with 20.7 kilogrammes cannabis when his house in Shuware area of Mubi, Adamawa state was raided on Friday 26th April.

In another incident, no less than 310.7 kilogrammes cannabis was recovered last Thursday when NDLEA operatives raided parts of Mushin in Lagos state. While 300 kilogrammes was seized at Olatunji Street, Mushin, 10.7 kilogrammes of same substance was retrieved from two suspects: Tijani Wasiu and Suleiman Aisha
at Anifowose, Mushin.

A suspect, Stanley Chukwudi, 43, was arrested with 5,900 ampoules of pentazocine injection at Sabon Gari area of Kano State last Thursday and a couple, Fredrick Odion, 53, and Gladys Odion, 52, were nabbed with 50 kilogrammes cannabis at Iruekpen, Esan West local government area, Edo state by NDLEA officers last Wednesday.

Babafemi said with the same zeal, the various commands of the agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign in the past week.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), while commending the officers and men of the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services of the Agency for the diligent prosecution of Uwazuoke and Agbo cases, said the success rate of cases prosecuted by the agency has shown that there’s no escape route for those involved in the illicit trade of drug trafficking.

He equally applauded those of MMIA, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Edo, Adamawa and Bayelsa Commands as well as their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their drug supply and drug demand reduction activities.

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Troops Arrest 8 Cameroonian Rebels Fuel Suppliers

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By: Zagazola Makama 

Troops of the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Jalingo, Taraba State have arrested eight persons suspected to be supplying fuel to the Ambazonia rebels of Cameroon Republic unleashing terror on parts of the neighboring Francophone country.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that those arrested are: Jafaru Adamu, 32; Auwal Haruna, 34; Umar Dahiru (no age stated); Mubaraka Abdullahi, 20; Saidu Musa, 26; Bashiru Ibrahim, 18; Danlami Yahuza, 19; and Abubakar Abdullahi 19.

They were arrested by the troops on Friday, May 24 at the Nigeria/Cameroon border Kurmi market on their way to Obong in Cameroon Republic through Kurmin Baisa road, Takum LGA, Taraba State in three J5 vehicles carrying 605 Jerry cans containing 40 litres of fuel each, at the cost of N800 per litre, totalling 24, 200 litres, with a total cost of N19, 360,000.00.

On interrogation, they confessed to the crime of smuggling and selling fuel to the Ambazinia rebels who have been banned from entering Nigeria for direct purchase of fuel legally.

During preliminary investigation, they revealed the names of other members of their syndicate as: Alhaji Abdulmumin; Rabilu Zubairu; Sule Abong; and Mark Akawu, the chairman of the syndicate. 

The arrested suspects are in the custody of the 6 Brigade for discreet investigations and necessary action.

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Yobe: Police warns public property vandals to desist or face the wrath of the law

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Yobe State Police Command has placed security surveillance measures around public properties, especially electricity power distribution cables around the state.This is akin to numinous reports of vandalization of electricity power transformers distribution cables and other important edifice.

The Command succeeded and arrested one of the notorious Vandals who specialised in vandalization of electricity power distribution transformers cables in Damaturu and other nearby towns.

Thus, on 16 May 2024, at about 1300hrs personnel, of C Divisional Police Headquarters, intercepted One Saminu Garba aged, 23 years old, of Maiduguri Borno State. The suspect was arrested among two other syndicate members who evaded arrest and fled. The command has begun a swift chase to arrest them soon. The suspects, were namely : Audu Ismail and Abba Mohammed of the same state. The suspect confessed to having vandalized an electricity transformer situated at the state low-cost via Gujba Road , Damaturu. In the midnight of 16th May 2024

The Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Ahmed, warned perpetrators to desist or face the full wrath of the law while reiterating the commitment of the command relentless efforts towards untoward criminal activities in the state. However, he urges good members of the public to report suspicious activities of such types of miscreants to the nearest police station, and those who buy stolen vandalized properties stiffer sanctions will be meted out on them accordingly.

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Army troops gun down Mallam Muhammad, ISWAP Commander incharge of VBIED

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Army troops gun down Mallam Muhammad, ISWAP Commander incharge of VBIED

By: Zagazola Makama

The troops of Operation Desert Sanity III, Operation Hadin Kai have nutrialised Mallam Muhammad, ISWAP top Commander in-charge of Vehicle Bomb Improvised Explosive Device(VBEID) in Sambisa Forest.

Muhammadu was nutrialised on May 14 after the made gradual but unprecedented incursions into the insurgents’ dens in Ukuba and Njimia in Bama Local Government Area.

The terrorists kingpin operate a major fabrication workshop where he made Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device(PBVIED) Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosives Device(VBIED) Road Side Borne Improvised Explosive Device(RSBIED).

Muhammadu had sent many under age children into suicide bombing after conscripting them into believing that when they died they will go to heaven. Among those that he used as human bombs were his three children.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama that the troops also intercepted a vehicle that was already armed with explosive which was designed to target advancing troops.

Despite the obvious challenges of difficult terrain, IED threats the troops continue to maintain the momentum, remaining focused and determined to pursue and decimate the fleeing terrorists.

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