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Customs seizes 75,000 litres of petrol in Seme, Badagry

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command, says it has seized 75,000 litres of petrol, within bushes along Seme and Badagry, in Lagos.

Comptroller Bello Jibo, Customs Area Controller, said this in a statement by Mr Hussein Abdulahi, the command’s spokesman, on Thursday in Seme, Lagos.

According to Jibo, the seized containers of petrol were concealed inside sacks and Jerry cans.

He added that the petrol seized had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N19,785,000 only.

“This is in continuation of our efforts to suppress the smuggling of petroleum products within the nooks and crannies of the command.

“The officers and men of the Seme Area Command, on a routine patrol along the bushes within Seme and Badagry, intercepted another large quantity of petroleum products packaged in sacks and jerry cans.

“The arrest was made in the early hours of today, Sept. 22.

“The seized petroleum products were estimated to be around 2,500 jerry cans of 30 litres each, equivalent to 75,000 litres.

“The DPV is N19,785,000 only,” he said.

He noted that the feat was achieved due to credible intelligence received by the command, on the activities of smugglers.

Jibo warned perpetrators of these illegal activities to stay off the Seme border routes or continue to count heavy losses, as his men were determined to flush them out of the area.

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Ex-footballer, Brazilian returnee arrested at Lagos airport for cocaine trafficking

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. .As NDLEA nabs 2 Malians over attempt to export Akuskura, physically challenged drug dealer in Ogun, Turkey-bound businesswoman

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested an ex-footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on his arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on board an Ethiopian airlines flight with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.


The 33-year-old indigene of Arochukwu Local Government, Abia State was arrested on Monday 26th September 2022 after anti-narcotic officers discovered he concealed the illicit substance in the handles of his bags and padded the top edges of same with the class A drug.


During preliminary interview, Okafor disclosed that he was an ex-footballer with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH Enugu FC, where he played for four seasons before leaving for Sri Lanka in 2014.

He further stated that he moved to Brazil from Sri Lanka after playing for two seasons but could not advance his football career in Brazil due lack of official documents.


Another Brazilian returnee, Ibeh Chinedu Damian was arrested same day upon his arrival at the Lagos airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Ethiopian airlines flight.

Ibeh who hails from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, was found to have concealed 3.20kg black cocaine popularly known as ‘Lucci’ in false bottoms of his two bags.


In his statement, he said he was to be paid three million, one hundred thousand naira (N3,100,000) on successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria.


In the same vein, attempt by a 32-year-old businesswoman, Mrs. Pamela Odin to traffic 2.150kg tablets of rohypnol through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja to Istanbul, Turkey has been thwarted by NDLEA operatives.

The mother of one was arrested on Friday 23rd Sept. while attempting to board a Turkish airline flight with the drug concealed inside pepper and packed among foodstuff.


The indigene of Afiesere village, Ughelli North Local Government, Delta State said she operates a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey but came to Nigeria to see her relatives and buy food items for her restaurant business.


Meanwhile, two Malians: Mohammed Demoele, 38 and Coulibaly Maliki, 56, have been arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos for attempting to export 34.2kg bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic.


In Taraba state, operatives on Thursday 29th Sept. intercepted 100 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 73.500kg, concealed inside animal feeds, while their counterparts in Ogun state on Saturday 1st October arrested a physically challenged drug dealer, Abdulraham Mohammed, with 104kg of compressed Cannabis Sativa recovered from him.

Another suspect, Ms. Safiya Bello, was also arrested in Shagamu area of the state with 27kg of the psychotropic substance.


Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of Seaports Operations, MMIA, Ogun, and Taraba Commands for their resilience, while charging them and others across the country to intensify ongoing offensive action against drug cartels and traffickers wherever they may be located in any part of Nigeria.

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‘Fake beggars’: Police nabs four for ‘injecting minors to make their stomachs swell’

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Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesperson of the Lagos police command, says four men have been apprehended in the state for allegedly parading minors as beggars.

In a post on Twitter on Saturday, Hundeyin said the men got the minors from villages and brought them to Lagos to seek alms.

According to the police spokesman, a medical doctor allegedly provided injections which were given to the children to make their stomachs swell.

“These men get minors from villages, get a medical doctor to allegedly inject them with substances that make their stomach swell outrageously, and parade them in road traffic as critically sick, to get alms from motorists,” he said.

“Investigation is ongoing.”

He, however, advised Nigerians to be careful about who they handed over their children to.

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‘$1.8m online scam’: Interpol, South Africa police arrests two foreign nationals in Pretoria

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Two suspects of foreign nationality have been arrested by Interpol and the directorate for priority crime investigation (Hawks) in South Africa.

Announcing the arrest in a statement, Katlego Mogale, Hawks spokesperson, said the suspects, aged 39 and 42, were arrested on Wednesday in a joint operation led by Interpol assisted by Hawks’ 419 provincial task team.

Although their nationalities were not stated, Mogale said the suspects are alleged to be part of a cult known as the “air lords”, who are rivals of the Black Axe movement.

The Air Lords are said to be a secret cult of Nigerian origin, while Black Axe is a cult group that has developed a reputation in Nigeria over the years, with criminal activities like cybercrime and human trafficking tied to it.

Mogale said items recovered during a raid included laptops, phones, thousands of rands in cash, as well as an unlicensed firearm.

“This arrest is but one of several simultaneous happening currently in other countries tracing the suspects involved in online scams such as romance, investments, Bitcoin, employment and all related Advance Fee fraud,” the statement reads.

“The suspects will appear in court soon on charges of conspiracy to wire fraud, access device fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering schemes as it relates to Contravention of Prevention of Organised Crime Act with the one suspect will be charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.”

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