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NDLEA Stops Drugs from Nigeria into Brazil , UK

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NDLEA Stops Drugs from Nigeria into Brazil , UK

By: Michael Mike

Illicit drugs imported from India and Ghana have been intercepted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over the last one week.

Also intercepted are large quantities of methamphetamine at the Murtala  Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos during attempted smuggle to Brazil and United Kingdom.

In his usual weekend briefing of successes of the NDLEA, the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi also disclosed that a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police station, Ondo state, who was dismissed from service for drug offences, Mr. Monday George Chika, has again been arrested with an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168 kilogrammes. 

Babafemi said over 22,160 kilogrammes of codeine syrup, methamphetamine and skunk were seized at Apapa seaport and a notorious drug den, Akala in Mushin, Lagos State in two major operations in the state by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

He said while a total of 14,080 kilogrammes codeine syrup (8,080 litres) and 4,352.43 kilogrammes cold caps used to conceal the former in a 40ft container imported from India, were intercepted on Wednesday 2nd February, 2022 at the Apapa port, cannabis/loud/skunk imported from Ghana and methamphetamine weighing 3,727.7 kilogrammes were seized in an early morning raid at Akala, Mushin where 17 suspects including five females were arrested last Thursday.

 He disclosed that the seizure at the Lagos seaport followed intelligence from foreign partners and cooperation of other stakeholders at the port.   

Babafemi said at Akala, NDLEA Strike Force operatives in their numbers with support from the military stormed fortified warehouses in the drug den and evacuated bags and bottles of cannabis, loud, skunk, skuchies and methamphetamine as well as the 17 suspects for further investigation.

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The spokesman also revealed that a female drug kingpin, Mrs. Jemilat Seriki, who is one of the owners of 12,385 pellets of loud imported from Ghana and intercepted at Eko Atlantic beach, Victoria Island Lagos on Saturday 27th November 2021, has been arrested by narcotic officers after weeks of manhunt. 

According to him, Mrs. Seriki, a.k.a Iya Ilorin admitted being one the owners of the consignments seized, adding that her bags of drugs had ‘Jah Bless’ written on them.  

He added that when her consignments were eventually identified and sorted, she has 16 bags with the inscription containing drugs weighing 668.85 kilogrammes.

He said at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, attempts by some traffickers to export different quantities of methamphetamine to Brazil and United Kingdom were scuttled by narcotic officers at the airport. 

According to him, the first bid was made on Friday 28th January through the SAHCO export shed where operatives intercepted 0.80 kilogrammes of Meth concealed in relaxer plastic container heading to the United Kingdom. A suspect, Akuta Chioma Lucy who presented the consignment for search had been arrested for further investigation.

The second attempt was on last Friday during the outward clearance of passengers at Gate ‘C’ Departure hall of the airport when an intending male passenger on Ethiopian Airline going to Brazil, Onyeaghala Chidi was intercepted with 500 grammes of Meth concealed inside three plastic hair relaxer containers. 

He said also at the airport, a male passenger, Iliyasu  Yushau, coming from Kampala, Uganda via Nairobi, Kenya was intercepted by operatives with 268 debit cards belonging to Access Bank, GTBank and Zenith Bank, during the inward clearance of passengers on the flight on Sunday 30th January.

In Edo State, operatives last Friday stormed the Igbogiri forest, Orhionwon local government area and destroyed four dry season cannabis farms measuring 3.1 hectares, following the evacuation of 20 bags of compressed blocks of Cannabis weighing 269.5 kilogrammes stored in a bush at Uzebba, Owan West local government area, the previous day and the arrest of Afadama James, 42, with 348 kilogrammes cannabis at Owan, Ovia North East local government area last Wednesday.

He noted that arrests were also made in Delta, Plateau, Niger States and in the FCT.

On the arrest in Niger state, Babafemi said a 64-year-old former Divisional Police Officer of Idanre Police station, Ondo state, who was dismissed from service for drug offences, Mr. Monday George Chika, has again been arrested with an accomplice, Emmanuel Eniola, 40, with 280 blocks of compressed cannabis weighing 168 kilogrammes.

He said they were arrested on Sunday 30th Jan. in Mokwa, Niger state, after their Toyota Avalon car marked EKY 429 BZ (Lagos) loaded with the substance at Idanre and heading to Kanji, Borgu area of the state was intercepted. 

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended officers and men of the Strike Force, Apapa seaport, MMIA, Lagos, Niger, Edo, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, FCT and Delta Commands of the agency for the successful interdiction operations that led to the seizure of thousands of kilograms of illicit drugs from across the country in the past week. He charged them and their compatriots in other commands not to rest on their oars.

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Kare-Kare Association inaugurates new executive in Nangere

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Yahaya Wakili

Karai-karai Association Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter Yobe state has today inaugurated its executives at the Emir of Tikau place, Sabon Gari.

Speaking at the occasion, the State Chairman Mayinakara, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, thanked His Royal Highness, the emir of Tikau, Alhaji Dr Muhammadu Abubakar Ibn Grema LLD, for the support and cooperation he extended to the association.

He said during the Eid-el-kabir Sallah, by the grace of God, we are going to organize a one-week culture at this place and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to upgrade all Karai-karai tribes in the world.

Also speaking, a chieftain in the association, Alhaji Yunusa Yuguda, Jagaba of Fika, said people should know that this occasion is not for the APC, PDP, or any political party; this is for Karai-karai only. If you are from any political party, you can attend the event.

He said our people are ignorant of something; if there is such an event, they will not come or show up because there is a fear of victimization from their political leaders. He added that this association, Mayinakara, is not a political party and is only to unite all karai-karai tribes in every part of the world.

Hon. Halilu Abubakar Mazagane, a member contesting the seat for Yobe South Senatorial District under the PDP in the 2023 general election, said that this association of Mayinakara was established because of me, because I enjoy the impact of the association; it works tirelessly on me.

“I want all that will happen in Nigeria; I want to include Karai-Karai inside and call on Karai-Karai those who have positions in government; if the son of Karai-Karai gets admission and he doesn’t have money to pay the school fees, please pay it for him.” Mazagane added.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Caretaker Management Committee of Nangere local government, Hon. Salisu Yarima, said we are here all on behalf of the Karai-Karai tribe; let us unite ourselves and speak with one voice.

Salisu Yarima urges all karai-karai leaders, or Mayinakara, to embrace the love of each other and call on all media houses in Nigeria and the world at large to publicize the karai-karai tribe in the world.

In his closing remarks, Nangere local government Mayinakara Patron, Alhaji Adamu Chillariye, said that everywhere karai-karai is a karai-karai, you can’t change your tribe; everybody is answering his tribe name, but to my surprise, a karai-karai man doesn’t want to answer his own.

Adding that, may be he fills shame on it; I don’t know; you can’t change your tribe; this is how God made you. He called on those involved in such an attitude to stop it. Adding to that, Mbeno is a mother and the head of organizations, but they left it behind; therefore, he urged them to revive it.

The state chairman, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, further inaugurated the executives of the of the Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter, with Dauda Muhammed Nangere as chairman, Yakubu Auta Degubi as secretary,  and Audu Ibrahim Dinda as treasurer.

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

By: Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi
 
Aisha and her eight children have spent the last three months hiding in the bush in northeast Nigeria. Her husband was killed last year, shot by members of Boko Haram. Aisha managed to escape. “We ran into the forest,” said Aisha, “me and my eight children. We stayed there for three months. Every day, I would look for firewood and risk taking it to town to sell, so I could feed my children.”
 
Aisha and her children were eventually taken in by a kind family who they still live with. They are amongst the one million people being helped by WFP as food insecurity in northeast Nigeria. “I really appreciate this food. If we didn’t have it, my children would go out to beg around the community,” said Aisha.
 
Tragically this crisis is not the result of a drought, but conflict that has been spreading through the region during the last decade. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people have been killed in the fighting – and Aisha’s husband is just one of them. The state of Yobe – where Aisha lives – Adamawa and Borno, have borne the brunt. The seemingly bucolic idyll – the camels grazing by the side of the road, the ox-carts ferrying goods for sale – belie the underlying atmosphere of fear.
 
Nor is Aisha alone in her plight: one in four women in northeast Nigeria are now widows as a result of the conflict, leaving many of these families to suffer from the absence of their fathers and husbands.
 
Added to this, an estimated 2.1 million people have also had to flee their homes, which in a largely agrarian community severely increases the threat of hunger. If people can’t grow food, work their land, then they risk starving.
 
Ya Kaka, 25, and her children also receive support from WFP with funding from the European Union (EU). But she is a victim of another aspect of the conflict – forced marriage. When she was 18, Ya Kaka was kidnapped by insurgents to become a ‘bride’ for a soldier – however, Ya Kaka was already married, with children. After three years – having given birth to a baby in captivity – Ya Kaka finally managed to escape and return home. 
 
“I was always scared that I might get caught. But one day, I woke up and decided to escape. I was ready to do whatever it would take,” she said. 
 
Unfortunately, when she returned, Ya Kaka’s first husband rejected her and her new baby because she’d been married – albeit as a kidnap victim – to another man.  Now Ya Kaka lives, with four children, in the village of Kukareta, near Damaturu, only able to feed them with the food she receives from WFP.  “I’m hoping and praying to God to take away all my pains, I want to forget all I’ve gone through or all that I’m always thinking about,” said Ya Kaka.
 
Almost 5 million people currently suffering acute food insecurity in need of urgent assistance in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. WFP is supporting up to 1 million people with emergency food and nutrition assistance for children, supported by its donors including the EU.

Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi work for the United Nations World Food Programme, the
world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. They can be reached via email at Chi.Lael@wfp.org and Kelechi.Onyemaobi@wfp.org

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Eid: Tuggar tasks Muslims to remain resilient, pray for peace

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Eid: Tuggar tasks Muslims to remain resilient, pray for peace

By: Michael Mike

The Minsiter of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar has tasked the Muslim Ummah all over the world to remain resilient in the face of global challenges.

He made the call in his Eid message to Muslims.

He said amidst the Eid celebrations, adherents of the Islamic faith should reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of the concluded month of Ramadan for guidance.

He enjoined the Muslim Ummah to pray for the country and the success of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu to bequeath dividends of governance to the entirety of the Nigerian nation.

He further added that adherents should pray for lasting peace in the country and regions plagued by strife and wars across the world.

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