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Nigeria: Bandits tax communities to avoid attacks in Zamfara

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Nigeria: Bandits tax communities to avoid attacks in Zamfara

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Bandits reportedly levied three communities in Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara state, Northwest Nigeria, N3 million each (about $3000 USD) to a notorious bandit kingpin, known as Dan Bokolo, in order to avert attacks by the group terrorizing the communities.

NEWSng also gathered that the payment is believed to be a consequence of the alleged provision of information to security operatives by residents of Kamarawa, Sabuwar Kamarawa, and Gebe that led to the arrest of Dan Bokolo’s brother, Abdullahi.

While the state governor, Dauda Lawal, has maintained a stance against negotiating with terrorists, local sources indicate that the payment was made to ensure the safety of the communities.

According to a resident who spoke anonymously, the arrest of Abdullahi triggered tension as Dan Bokolo believed that individuals from these communities had betrayed his brother.

In an effort to broker peace, community elders engaged in negotiations with the terrorist. Eventually, Dan Bokolo agreed to accept a reduced sum of N3 million, down from his initial demand of N6 million, as compensation for the perceived betrayal.

Peace advocate and human rights activist Basharu Guyawa highlighted that such protection levies have become commonplace in eastern Sokoto and Zamfara.

While the communities have reportedly complied with the demands, concerns remain about the bandit’s commitment to refraining from future attacks.

Terrorists in Zamfara, as well as neighboring Sokoto and Katsina, have been known to impose levies on local communities.

This practice has been documented in previous instances, including the payment of N19 million by 14 communities in Anka Local Government to secure their safety and agricultural activities.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Zamfara state governor on broadcast and public affairs, Mustapha Jafaru, clarified that the state government was not involved in the agreement.

“Governor Dauda Lawal has consistently emphasized that the government will not engage in negotiations with criminals,” he said.

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to protecting the people of Zamfara State.

Recall that for over a decade, terrorists have operated in the northwestern region of Nigeria, with their activities escalating after the 2019 general election.

Terrorists have targeted travelers on major highways and carried out attacks on rural communities, leading to widespread insecurity and humanitarian concerns.

Basharu Guyawa, in his opinion, said that the levy being paid by these communities from previous payments as such is never a guarantee that the bandits will not attack again.

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NSCDC Arrests Three Oil Thieves in Rivers

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NSCDC Arrests Three Oil Thieves in Rivers

By: Michael Mike

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad has arrested three suspects for vandalism of oil pipeline, oil theft and illegal dealings in petroleum products at Umuodo, Umuajuloke Community in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The CG’s SIS Commander, DC Apollo Dandaura during a briefing on Monday, said the the arrest was made possible through sustained Intelligence that an illegal oil refinery was cited at the crime scene, which made his command to sweep the area, leading to discovery of a large quantity of illegally refined petroleum products suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

He said: “Based on credible Intelligence we swung into action and arrested three suspects at the crime scene with large quantities of illegally refined AGO already stored inside metallic drums while others were inside cellophane bags.”

He disclosed that the names of the arrested suspects are Happiness Nwankwo (F) 45years who claimed to be an indigene of Omuma in Rivers State, Nnoma Nwankwo (F) 30years also from Rivers State and Favour Amadi (F) from Omuma in the same Rivers State.

The commander said: “Some exhibits recovered at the point of arrest are numerous drum ovens containing stolen and syphoned crude oil undergoing processing, Industrial hoses used to tap into well-heads to syphon crude oil, large quantities of stolen crude oil stored inside cellophane bags and kegs, Many metal and plastic buckets, Wheelbarrows, Shovels and Galvanized metal pipes”.

The CG SIS Commander hinted that Investigations have commenced to unravel the involvement of the three suspects and who their sponsors are.

He said that at the expiration of a thorough investigation, whoever is found culpable would have their time in court.

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US, UK, Cyprus-bound cocaine, opioids concealed in shoe soles, clothes seized in Lagos

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US, UK, Cyprus-bound cocaine, opioids concealed in shoe soles, clothes seized in Lagos

By: Michael Mike

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have truncated plans of smuggling illicit drugs from Nigeria to United States, United Kingdom and Cyprus.

A press statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency. Femi Babafemi said operatives of the agency intercepted various quantities of cocaine and opioids such as tramadol, pentazocine injection, morphine sulphate, ketamine injection, among others concealed in soles of shoes, clothes and other items being shipped to the United States, United Kingdom and Cyprus.

Babafemi said while no less than 250 grammes of cocaine going to Cyprus was hidden in soles of custom-made shoes, over five kilogrammes of opioids heading to the US and UK were discovered by NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) in clothes and other household items meant to be shipped through some courier firms in Lagos.

The spokesman also disclosed that a consignment of 440 grammes of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis coming from Canada to Lagos was equally intercepted by operatives in one of the logistic companies.

In another clampdown, NDLEA operatives in Edo state last Wednesday intercepted a vehicle marked Abuja GWA 273 DD at Ewu junction, Esan Central local government area following credible intelligence. Babafemi said the luggage of one of the occupants, Aminu Abdullahi, 32, was searched and found to contain custard containers, where 3,000 pills of tramadol 225mg were buried in the custard powder. In his statement, the suspect was said to have claimed the drugs were bought in Onitsha, Anambra state and he was taking them to Mararaba area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to sell.

In another operation, operatives last Thursday raided the Ohen forest, Abudu area of Edo and destroyed 5,429.75 kilogrammes of cannabis on 2.918 hectares of farmlands where four suspects: Godday Ariye, 37; Friday Okafor, 59; Obinna Nwosu, 48; and Yusuf Adamu, 27, were arrested.

Similarly, 300 kilogrammes of the same substance were recovered from Uzzeba Obi camp in Owan West local government area when NDLEA officers raided the location on Saturday.

In Ogun state, operatives last Tuesday recovered a total of 2,865 kilogrammes of cannabis at Afami Ibese while the suspected owner, Umar Ibese is currently at large. At least, 2,455 kilogrammes of materials for the production of Akuskura, a new psychoactive substance (NPS), were recovered from a warehouse in Konduga town, Konduga local government area, Borno state last Tuesday when NDLEA operatives in a joint operation with men of the Nigerian Army raided the area.

The following day, last Wednesday, operatives in Katsina state arrested a 54-year-old Sabo Sule with 47 kilogrammes cannabis in Katsina town.

In Lagos, operatives last Monday raided a warehouse in VGC, Lekki where they recovered 148 cartons of non-medical nitrous oxide popularly called laughing gas; 108 cartons of fast gas cylinder; 134 pieces of balloon and 109 cartons of infusion charger, among others. A female suspect, Suliyat Abdulsalam was arrested in connection with the seizure.

Babafemi said with the same zeal, commands and formations of the agency across the country continued their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) sensitization activities in schools, worship centres, work places and communities among others in the past week.

Meanwhile, while commending the officers and men of Edo, Borno, Ogun, Katsina, Lagos, and FCT commands as well as those of DOGI for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) noted their drug supply reduction efforts balanced with WADA sensitization activities and charged them and their compatriots across the country to maintain the current tempo.

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Lady Arrested for Smuggling Drug into Kuje Prison

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Lady Arrested for Smuggling Drug into Kuje Prison

By: Michael Mike

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has apprehended a lady identified as Precious Yusuf who attempted to smuggle substances suspected to be psychoactive drugs into the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje

A statement on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer, FCT Command of NCoS,
Adamu Duza, a Deputy Superintendent of Corrections said the incident occurred on Tuesday when the said lady came in the guise of a visitor to one of the inmates.

He added that during the usual routine search by personnel on duty, items suspected to be cannabis sativa as well as other psychoactive substances were concealed in food packs which were to be handed over to the inmate.

He disclosed that the Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Usman, has since ordered that the suspect be handed over to the appropriate security agency for further investigation and prosecution.

He said: “The Controller hereby warns visitors with such intentions to have a rethink as their machinations will surely be uncovered by his eagle-eyed personnel.

“He called on the general public and well-meaning Nigerians to support the Nigerian Correctional Service in its efforts towards reforming and rehabilitating offenders so as to foster public safety.”

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