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Fentanyl: NDLEA busts lethal drug syndicate, arrests members in Anambra

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Fentanyl: NDLEA busts lethal drug syndicate, arrests members in Anambra

By: Michael Mike

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested members of a syndicate involved in the illicit importation and trafficking of lethal synthetic opioid, Fentanyl,

Fentanyl is a drug which is 100 times stronger than tramadol and capable of causing mass casualty among the youth population being targeted by the cartels.

In a press statement on Tuesday, the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said the arrest of two members of the syndicate: Odoh Oguejiofor and Oliver Uzoma at Ogbogwu market, Onitsha Head Bridge, Onitsha South local government area of Anambra State, in well-coordinated and clinical operations, is coming on the heels of an alert issued by the NDLEA on 22nd November 2022 that some criminal elements were plotting to flood the Nigerian market with the drug, which is currently responsible for over 70% overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the United States.

Babafemi recalled that the CDC in the US, had described Fentanyl as 80 times as potent as morphine and 100 times more potent than heroin.

The NDLEA Spokesman said following credible intelligence and synergy with local and international partners, the anti-narcotics agency was able to mobilise necessary assets to trace the illicitly manufactured drug to the Ogbogwu market, Onitsha Head Bridge, reputed to be the largest drug market in West Africa, after months of undercover monitoring.

He said convinced that the agency has gathered sufficient evidence to nail the suspects, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) ordered a deployment of operatives to pick members of the syndicate one after the other. Odoh Oguejiofor was the first to be arrested while on a business mission with packets of 100 micrograms of Fentanyl, while the arrest of Uzoma who is a major dealer in other illicitly manufactured pharmaceutical opioids including Fentanyl, followed.

He disclosed that packs of liquid Fentanyl were recovered from Odoh, different quantities of banned and controlled drugs including Fentanyl were seized from Uzoma. They include: ampules of Fentanyl Injection; Ozempic solution for injection in pre-filled pens; ampules of Sustanon 250mg/ml; ampules of Rivavirin injection 200mg/2ml; ampules of Erythropoietin injection; ampules of Recombinant Anti Rho-D Immunoglobulin injection 300MG; ampules of Pethidine 100mg/2ml solution for injection and Zoladex 3.6mg Goserelin.

Reacting to the arrest of members of the syndicate, Marwa commended all officers and men of the agency involved in the operation while directing them to intensify the crackdown on other members of the cartel who may have gone underground.

Marwa said: “We’ll no doubt hunt down every member of this criminal gang before they do further harm to our public health especially our youth population. In the meantime, I’ll like to thank our international partners for the huge confidence in us and their support and partnership for the benefit of humanity. In the same vein, I’ll urge parents and other stakeholders to be vigilant, alert and warn their young ones against attempting experimenting with this illicit substance.”

“The agency wishes to reiterate that exposure to this lethal opioid, which could come in different forms, as has been shown by the seizure, may result in pinpoint pupils, falling asleep or losing consciousness, slow and shallow breathing, choking or gurgling sounds, limp body, and pale, blue, or cold skin,” Marwa explained.

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Two Notorious Kidnappers Apprehended by Security Forces in Taraba

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Two Notorious Kidnappers Apprehended by Security Forces in Taraba

By: Zagazola Makama

In a major breakthrough, troops of the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested two kidnappers, known for their involvement in a string of high-profile abductions in the region.

Intelligence sources, told Zagazola Makama that the suspects, identified as Fankau Algaji Laulo and Ahmadu Buba Ango were taken into custody in a raid conducted by a joint team of military personnel and hunters at Garin Baka and Gongon Maliki in Ardo Kola and Yoro LGA in Taraba State.

According to sources, the duo had been on the radar of security agencies for months, following a series of kidnappings that had left families and communities in a state of fear.

The arrest was made possible through intelligence gathering and meticulous planning by the security forces. The suspects are currently being interrogated, and preliminary investigations have revealed their involvement in multiple kidnapping cases.

The suspects further revealed that they are in possession of Ak47 rifles and their camps is located in GADAWA in Zunguri village of Baisa I Kurmi LGA.

They also added that the members of their gangs were from Adamawa, Gombe, Plateau states and Cameroon.

The military sources said that the arrest of the two notorious kidnappers will significantly dismantle the kidnapping syndicate and ensure the safety of the community.

“The authorities have praised the efforts of the security personnel involved in the operation and have urged anyone with information on criminal activities to come forward.

“This development has brought relief to the families of the victims and the community at large, who have been living in fear of the kidnappers’ reign of terror.

“The suspects will face the full weight of the law, and their arrest serves as a warning to other criminal elements that the security forces will not tolerate such heinous crimes,”said the source.

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Breaking News: Army Apprehends Mastermind Behind Deadly Attack on Taraba Community

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Breaking News: Army Apprehends Mastermind Behind Deadly Attack on Taraba Community

By: Zagazola Makama

In a significant breakthrough, the Nigerian army troops 6 Brigade Jalingo, Taraba State has arrested the mastermind behind the recent devastating attack on Mararaban Azagwa, Maihura in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The suspect was taken into custody in an intelligence-led Operation conducted by the troops on Wednesday June 19, 2024.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama that the apprehended individual was the brains behind the attack on the farming community that claimed the lives of six innocent civilians including a 90 years old Man.

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The army has been working tirelessly to track down the perpetrators, and this arrest is a major achievement in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations. The suspect is currently being interrogated, and further details are expected to emerge in the coming days.

The military has assured citizens that they will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of the nation, and that those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice.

This development has brought a sense of relief to the community, and the army’s efforts have been hailed as a significant success in the fight against terrorism.

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N’West: Troops of 1 DIV Guarantee Terror-free Sallah, Kill 1 Buharin Yadi Cohort

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N’West: Troops of 1 DIV Guarantee Terror-free Sallah, Kill 1 Buharin Yadi Cohort

By: Zagazola Makama

About a week after one of the most-notorious terrorists in the North-West, Buharin Yadi, was killed by troops of 1 Division, one of his powerful cohorts, Daushe, has also been felled by the bullets of troops.

Daushe met his Waterloo on Eid-el-Kabir day, Sunday, June 16 when troops of Sector 6 of the Nigerian Army, in its effort at ensuring terror-free Sallah celebrations across the bandits-troubled North-West, carried out a decisive operation across Giwa LGA, Kaduna State. 

To carry out the successful patrol, several platoons of the troops deployed across the general area on the security duty were married up at Sabon Layi, from where they advanced to Kidandan area. 

As they advanced closer to Kidandan, troops sighted the terrorist, who was later identified as Daushe, riding his motorcycle at a high speed, in his effort to flee from the patrolling troops.

As the troops gave him achit pursuit, Daushe abandoned his motorcycle and fled to nearby settlement at the outskirts of which troops killed him while trying to escape to the surrounding bush. 

Items recovered from the killed terrorist were two sacks of corn flour and one mobile phone. 

Troops, vibrating with a high morale, have scaled up and sustained the patrol to guarantee terror-free Sallah celebrations for the residents of the LGA.

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