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NDLEA Addresses Critics On Drug Bust

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NDLEA Addresses Critics On Drug Bust

Femi Babafemi, the Spokesperson of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has addressed critics of the anti-narcotic organisation, after news of the destruction of 1.8 tons of cocaine seized in Lagos surfaced.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (Retd), on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, presided over the crushing and setting ablaze of the 1.8 tons of cocaine recovered by the Agency from a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of Lagos last week.

However, the destruction of the illicit drugs raised public concerns, as many people took to their social media pages to express their loss of confidence in the agency.

This administration must really think that we are daft sha!! What is this lamba that the NDLEA is giving with this cocaine seizure saga? Dem dey burn evidence?,” popular singer, Falz, said as he joined other critics to query the agency.

Responding to the critics, Babafemi released a statement that read: “Claims and insinuations that @ndlea_nigeria has destroyed all drug exhibits recovered from the Ikorodu cocaine warehouse are false and misleading. Our statement on the public destruction clearly states that the order to destroy the seizure was issued by a Federal High Court Lagos.

“The statement further states that a portion of the drug seizure is secured for the purpose of prosecuting the suspects in court. As part of transparency and in line with legal procedures, the suspects were taken to the venue of public destruction to witness quantity destroyed.

And sign certificate of destruction. In fact, 27.5kg of the cocaine has been secured for the purpose of prosecution. Those making unfounded claims obviously didn’t read our earlier statement or doing that out of mischief. Please disregard their falsehood.”

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NDLEA Nabs Woman Trafficking Cocaine In Footwear

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NDLEA Nabs Woman Trafficking Cocaine In Footwear

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a widow attempting to traffic cocaine concealed in her footwear to Saudi Arabia.

The law enforcement agency disclosed this in a statement, as the drug trafficker was caught at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

“A 56-year-old widow and mother of four, Mrs. Ajisegiri Kehinde Sidika has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos over her attempt to traffic 400grams of cocaine concealed in her footwear to Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

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“The suspect who claims to be a businesswoman trading in adults and children’s wear on Lagos Island was intercepted on Sunday 13 November while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight going to Saudi Arabia via Doha. Upon a critical examination of the pair of sandals she was wearing, two parcels of cocaine weighing 400grams were recovered from them,” NDLEA disclosed.

The agency also disclosed that over 5.6 kilograms of methamphetamine, cocaine, and tramadol were intercepted in items like play stations, bicycles, motor propellers, and local fabrics packaged for export to Australia and Cyprus through some courier firms in Lagos.

According to NDLEA, two suspects, Gabriel Emeka and Vintura Grillo have been arrested in a follow-up operation linked to one of the seizures.

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3 Die,100 Shops Burnt As Fire Razes Kano Market

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3 Die,100 Shops Burnt As Fire Razes Kano Market

The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of three persons, following an early morning inferno at Badume Market in Bichi Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service, Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying no fewer than 100 shops were also destroyed by the inferno in the market.

The PRO said, “We received an emergency call from Bichi fire station at about 03:30 a.m. from one Ibrahim Tsalha that there was a fire outbreak at the market and immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 03:35 a.m. to stop the fire from spreading to other shops.

“Our men evacuated three unconscious bodies which were later confirmed dead and the corpses handed over to Inspector Mukaila Inusa of the Bichi police division.

The three victims included one female of about 35 years old, a male of about 30 years old, and a male teenager of about 18 years old. Their names are yet to be confirmed.”

Abdullahi added that the service had already commenced an investigation into the cause of the disaster.

He, therefore, advised the general public to switch off all electrical appliances when not in use and handle fire with care to forestall such incidents.

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Katsina Terrorists Kidnap Bride While Raising Wedding Funds

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Katsina Terrorists Kidnap Bride While Raising Wedding Funds

A bride simply identified as Asia has been kidnapped on a farm near Kompani Mayardua village in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Asia was among the 21 abducted youths on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Speaking on the abduction, the bride’s uncle, Muntari Auwalu stated:“I was called about midnight on Sunday that Asia had been kidnapped and that the terrorists were yet to get across to us on what their demands were. Asia is preparing for her wedding. I think that made her go and do the farmhand job where she was kidnapped.

I reside in Katsina where I operate commercial motorcycles since terrorists have made it impossible for us to go to our farms again back home at Mairuwa.

I get in touch with  home every day and as at this morning (Wednesday), I was told the terrorists had made known their demands while I was asked to source for my own share of  the contribution. I won’t be able to tell you the amount as it is our people at home who have the facts and figures. I will only appeal to the government to improve security in our communities. I and many others from Mairuwa relocated from the village because of the terrorists.

Residents said the terrorists surrounded the farmland around 3pm on Sunday, October 30, 2022, when the youths were busy harvesting crops on the farmland.

The youths were said to have been hired as labourers from the various communities surrounding the farm, with majority of them said to have been from Mairuwa village.

The list of the victims made available by the Katsina Police command showed that no fewer than seven girls were among them.

The list also showed that the victims were between the ages of 16 and 21.

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