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Seizure of 51.90kg Heroin: NDLEA nets 3 wanted kingpins, intercepts Oman-bound drug consignment

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Seizure of 51.90kg Heroin: NDLEA nets 3 wanted kingpins, intercepts Oman-bound drug consignment

By: Michael Mike

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) have arrested three members of an organized criminal organisation which specializes in illicit drug trafficking across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America over two months after they were declared wanted.

Their arrest followed the recent seizure of the single largest consignment of heroin at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

A statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said a total of 51.9 kilogrammes of heroin had been recovered from members of the drug cartel in an operation that began 10th February 2024 at the SAHCO Import Shed of the Lagos airport’s Cargo Terminal.

He recalled that the consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines, with no less than 45 blocks of the illicit substance weighing 49.70 kilogrammes recovered from the equipment, while additional 2.2 kilogrammes was seized at the syndicate’s warehouse in Ayobo area of Lagos.

He said while the agency has secured interim forfeiture court order on hotel, mansions, vehicles and funds traced to members of the syndicate after arresting four of them, a manhunt was also launched for others who went underground.

He noted that the effort however paid off last Friday when two of the wanted kingpins: Onyinyechi Igbokwuputa and Frankline Uzochukwu were arrested in Lagos and Awka, Anambra state respectively, with another wanted member of the syndicate, Osita Obinna nabbed in Lagos.

Babafemi said an attempt by a suspect, Iheakara Ifeanyichukwu to export a drug consignment through the terminal 2 of the Lagos airport to Muscat, Oman via Ethiopian airline flight last Thursday was thwarted by NDLEA officers. When his luggage was searched, 20 big parcels of cannabis weighing 9.80 kilogrammes were discovered concealed in his bag.

Iheakara, who lives in Muscat, Oman and returned to Nigeria on 1st April, in his statement confessed he was hired to courier the drug with an agreement to get paid N1.2 million upon successful delivery in Oman.

Babafemi revealed that In Adamawa state, NDLEA operatives last Saturday intercepted a Peugeot car driven by Dahiru Mohammed at Girei on his way to Mubi with 1,250,000 pills of opioids weighing 450 kilogrammes. The operatives had earlier intercepted along Ngurore -Yola road a J5 bus marked AAA790XV loaded with motor spare parts from Onitsha, Anambra State, with consignments of codeine syrup and tramadol concealed in-between the motor parts. A follow up operation led to the arrest of the recipient, Jairus Nwanchor at Jambutu motor park .

He said three suspects: Beriakuma Chinrdu, 40; Okpor Isaac, 68, and Daniel Onyeachom, 42, were last Saturday arrested at Amarata,Yenagoa, Bayelsa state in connection with the seizure of 69 compressed blocks of cannabis weighing 36 kilogrammes and concealed in a false compartment of a Toyota Picnic car marked MUS 711 DH they were travelling in. This is even as NDLEA operatives in Imo state last Thursday arrested Kingsley Omeje, 41, at Amajeke, Owerri while he was taking delivery of 49 bottles of codeine syrup he ordered.

In Ondo state, NDLEA operatives raided the Oloro camp, Ogbese, Akure North local government area where they arrested Linus Odogwu, 50, and destroyed a total of 25,000 kilogrammes of cannabis on 10 hectares of farmland while they recovered 89.5 kilogrammes of same substance. Three other suspects: David Ekepenyoung, 22; Oluwaseun Folorunso, 23; and Rabiu Musa, 32, were nabbed in other parts of the state in connection to different seizures totaling 77 kilogrammes .

Babafemi said NDLEA commands across the country intensified their War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy lectures.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) while commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Ondo and Imo commands of the agency for their balanced efforts in the past week, equally applauded their counterparts across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures thus creating parity between their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.

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Our Children Our Future: As First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen Oluremi Tinubu celebrates children at the Banquet Hall State House.

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Our Children Our Future: As First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen Oluremi Tinubu celebrates children at the Banquet Hall State House.

By: Our Reporter

International Children’s Day is marked every year in Nigeria as other countries of the world since the UN General Assembly declaration in 1959 to honour the rights of children .

The day is celebrated on different dates by most countries across the globe with special focus on issues relating to welfare and the wellbeing of the child.

Nigeria joined other nations in 1964, setting aside 27th May as children’s Day.

For children in Public schools in the FCT and some orphanages the 2024 Children’s Day is a remarkably one as they joined the First Lady , wife of the Vice President Hajiya Nana Shettima , wife of the Senate President Mrs Ekaette Akpabio, Wife speaker House of Representatives Hajiya Fatima Abass and other Dignitaries at the Banquet Hall of the State House to celebrate the day .

The host, Sen Oluremi Tinubu, said she was happy to celebrate the day with the children who are the future of our nation .

She noted that the day serves as a reminder of the rights of the children . Highlighting the joy children bring to us.”

It is incumbent for us to show love, care, and nurture children”. the First Lady stated that the Renewed Hope Initiative is supporting vision of the president through various programs for children in the country to achieve their full potentials .

The First Lady Senator Oluremi announced a grant of 10m Naira to each of the participating schools in the FCT.

The Wife of the Vice President Hajiya Nana Shettima, in an address of welcome, admonishes children to inculcate the values of respect, discipline, and hard work .

She noted that the programs of RHI is geared towards empowerment for women to have a multiplier effect on the family as an empowered woman can meet the needs of her children, including Education
There were various cultural performances by the school children depicting unity in diversity. The performances were crowned with an emotional display from children from the school of the blind.
Cheques of 10m were presented to each of the schools.

Our Children Our Future: As First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen Oluremi Tinubu celebrates children at the Banquet Hall State House.

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Zulum Vows Fair Distribution of FG’s 37,000 bags of assorted grains donated to Borno

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Zulum Vows Fair Distribution of FG’s 37,000 bags of assorted grains donated to Borno

The governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, assured the general public, on Monday, of the judicious distribution of 37,000 bags of assorted food items donated by the federal government to the most deserving and vulnerable members of society.

Zulum made this statement during the official handover of 37,000 bags by the National Emergecy Management Agency (NEMA) central store in Maiduguri.

The assorted food items include maize, surghum, millet and garri.

“On behalf of the government and people of Bormo State, I want to profoundly express our appreciation to the federal government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for allocating 37,000 bags of assorted food items,” Zulum said.

The governor further said “I want to use this medium to assure the federal government that the assorted grains will be judiciously distributed to the less previledged and most vulnerable and deserving households in the state. It will not be diverted; I will ensure every deserving member of the society gets it.”

Zulum said this is not the first time the federal government is assisting the people of Bormo State, stressing that they have supported the state in the areas of food items, housing, among others.

“I also want to use this opportunity to express our appreciation to President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima and the Director General of NEMA, among other organisations for their support to the state,” Zulum reiterated.

Handing over the assorted grains, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mallam Zubaida Umar, said, “President Bola Tinubu approved the release of 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains from the national reserve to vulnerable households and groups to cushion the economic hardship.”

The Director General of NEMA, is represented by the the Northeast Zonal Director, Mallam Yakubu Suleiman.

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Children’s Day: NHRC Expresses Concern Over Increasing Cases of Violation of the Rights of the Child

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Children’s Day: NHRC Expresses Concern Over Increasing Cases of Violation of the Rights of the Child

By: Michael Mike

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC, Dr. Tony Ojukwu has expressed concern over the alarming and continuous rise in cases of violations of the rights of children across the country.

In a statement to commemorate the 2024 Children’s Day, Ojukwu said the disturbing trend which is captured in the Commission’s monthly dashboard (on report of human right violations across the country) underscore an urgent need for a renewed commitment from all facets of the society to protect and guarantee the fundamental rights of our children.

The Executive Secretary said Children represent the most vulnerable population and the consistent increase in reported violations of their right is a stark reminder of the challenges they face daily. “These violations not only threaten their immediate well-being but also compromise their future potentials and the overall health and security of our society. It is therefore imperative that we act decisively and with urgency to address this menace”.

He said though the Child Right Act has been passed by several states in Nigeria, there is a need for the various state governments to strengthen its implementation in order to protect children from all forms of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Ojukwu, also used the opportunity of the Children’s Day to call on the government to develop a comprehensive support system for children in distress, create accessible and well-resourced child protection services, helplines, and shelters, that will alleviate the suffering of the victims, he said.

He noted that it is imperative to train professionals in children centered education, social welfare, healthcare, and law enforcement to enable them identify and respond to child right violations and other social problems effectively.

He emphasised that education is key to raise awareness about children’s rights among parents, caregivers, educators, and children themselves, this will empower children to understand and assert their rights.

He also harped on the need to establish a robust mechanism for monitoring, reporting, and addressing violations of children’s rights. “This will ensure that there is accountability at all levels, and that perpetrators of violations are brought to justice”.

According to him, the protection of children’s rights is not merely a legal obligation but a moral imperative which will secure the future of the country. “As we celebrate Children’s Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for every child”

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