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Brazilian returnee, arrested with cocaine in private part, as NDLEA seizes London-bound Meth consignments at Lagos airport, Imo

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. .Wanted 2 drug kingpins behind seized Tincan port shipments nabbed

A Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.

Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport on Monday 20th June upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa. Preliminary investigations reveal the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person.

He however claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.

In the same vein, after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking, operatives of the MMIA command of NDLEA on Saturday night, 25th June arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.

Onyekachi was arrested at Manacola estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05kilograms was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan arrested on 7th June.

During his interview, the suspect said he’s from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state and had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019. He stated that after his return to Nigeria he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun state but the business collapsed. He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice by a friend.

Closely related is the seizure of another consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri at a courier house in Owerri, Imo state.

The cargo seized on Wednesday 22nd June had ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes containing the drug heading to Hong Kong were concealed.

Also at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives on Friday 24th June intercepted 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labelled Tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline.

The consignment weighing 407.60kg was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.

Same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection. The 21-year-old suspect claims he’s from Osun state.

Meanwhile, two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos have been arrested by NDLEA operatives.

One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji was arrested at his house, 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos on Wednesday 22nd June, for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing16.5kg.

The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) was arrested on Thursday 23rd June. He’s linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels weighing 145kg cannabis indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada. He had been on the run since March and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10million to influence the case.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Tincan, and Imo state Commands of the Agency for the drug seizures and arrests especially of those who thought they could evade the long arm of the law.

He encouraged them and their compatriots across other formations to intensify their efforts towards achieving set goals.

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Troops raid Boko Haram’s camp, arrest suspects taking foodstuffs to insurgents

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have reportedly arrested some women near Maiduguri, the Borno capital, for delivering foodstuffs and petrol to insurgents.

Some of the suspects arrested by troops of 195 battalion of operation Hadin Kai were identified as Hadiza Ali, Kelo Abba, Mariam Aji, Kamsilum Ali, Ngubdo Modu and Abiso Lawan.

According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on counter-insurgency operations, an intelligence officer said “large quantities of logistics” meant for insurgents were discovered with the suspects.

“During search, different items including large quantities of fuel, mosquito nets, noodles, among others, were recovered,” the officer was quoted as saying.

“Upon systematic interrogation, the females confessed to being Boko Haram members operating within Muna Garage IDP camp, Mafa, and Dikwa, with their fighters’ camp at Boboshe and Gulumba riverline in Dikwa LGA.

“They revealed that the garri was packed in the gallons in order to beat checkpoints and also to help preserve it against rain, as the garri and other items are buried in the ground at their agreed exchange points, where their fighters collect them.

“They also admitted acquiring, for their fighters, kidnap targets based on valuation of individuals, based on sometimes number of cows owned or size of farms.

“They also informed troops that they were given money ranging from N50,000 to N20,000 for each trip, and went for about two to three trips a day, depending on the activities of soldiers.

“Following this information, troops immediately embarked on a follow-up operation to the Boko Haram camp and contact was made around Gaza where one Boko Haram member was neutralised.”

Five people were also said to have been rescued by the troops.

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Tricycle rider arrested for squandering N3.7 million at night club (Video)

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A man who rides tricycle (keke napep) for living has gotten himself into a hot mess after he reportedly squandered N3.7 million.

It was gathered that he was helping someone keep the money, but he decided to use it to make a loud statement at a nightclub.

A video circulating online shows him spraying bundles of money for fun-seekers at the club.

He continued the money-spraying while leaving the venue and by the end of the night, he had reportedly sprayed it all.

However, when the person who loaned him the money learnt of his reckless adventure, he confronted him and demanded repayment.

The keke driver was unable to pay back the cash he spent lavishly, o the owner of invited police to arrest him.

Footage shows him sitting on the floor and being interrogated after he was arrested by men of the Nigeria Police.

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EFCC arrests 47 internet fraudsters in Rivers, recovers six cars and Apple Wrists-watches

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it arrested 47 suspected internet fraudsters in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The anti-graft agency announced the development in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Thursday during an operation.

“Operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested forty seven (47) suspected internet fraudsters (aka Yahoo Boys),” the statement reads.

“They were arrested in the early hours of Thursday, August 4, 2022 in a sting operation at various locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“The suspects include: Onome Omavuebe Stansley, Progress Ikechukwu, Fejiro Oyawiri, Ifeanyi Louis, Joseph Monday, Ikegwuolu Wogbuom, Chimobi Henry, Victory Erebere, Chiwendu Lucky, Jasson Ovesuor, Miracle Harrison, Favour Prosper Iheancho, Emeji Gad Chinedu, Perculia Ikechukwu, Eze Gift, Chiemela Uzodinma, Chidebere Eze, Bright Umoh, Raphael Akuru, Prince Chris, Hillary Ifeanyi Nwosu, and Destiny Ogueri.

“Others are Terri Afori, Daniel Atuzie, Justice Nicholas, Victor Nnemeka, Temitope Ezekiel, Anthony Otuke, Nelson Matthew, Adolphus Iheanyi, Omosakin Akinwale, Royal Nicolas, Henry Anthony, Obi Ezekiel, Gift Kalu, Nichael Emmanuel, Chukwuemeka Emeluwe, ThankGod Emmanuel, Nicholas Chibueze, Azubueke Precious, Eze Promise, Diamond Emesin, Tejiro Napoleon, Temple Alalibo, David Christian, Idonesit Ekpo and Martin John Gospel.

“They were arrested based on an intelligence report on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

“Six (6) cars, different brands of phones, laptop computers, still cameras and apple wrist watches were among items recovered from the suspects.”

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