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India police blame rats for destruction of seized cannabis

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Police in India have reportedly blamed rats for destroying 195kg of seized cannabis kept in their police stations.

The police gave the explanation after they were asked to produce seized cannabis as evidence in an ongoing drug trafficking case at a court sitting in Uttar Pradesh, a state in India.

As part of the court proceedings, the police said they could not protect the seized cannabis from rats.

“Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them,” a police officer reportedly told the court.

According to BBC, Sanjay Chaudhary, the trial judge, said the police officers informed him that rats had “destroyed” 195kg of the seized cannabis.

Chaudhary said some 700kg of marijuana seized by the police in Mathura district are “under danger of infestation by rats”.

The trial judge said since rats are “fearless”, the only way to protect seized illicit drugs is to auction the drugs to research labs and medicine firms and give the income to the government.

However, MP Singh, a senior police officer of Mathura district, told reporters that some of the illicit drugs in their custody had been “damaged due to heavy rains” and not by rats.

This is not the first time rodents have been linked to eating or destroying seized illicit drugs kept in facilities of security agencies.

In October 2022, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had said a rat strayed into its exhibit room and “got high on cannabis”.

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JUST IN: Akwa-Ibom YPP governorship candidate, Bassey Albert, sentenced to 42 years imprisonment for fraud

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A federal high court in Akwa Ibom has sentenced Bassey Albert, governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), to 42 years in prison for fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, in 2019, arraigned Albert on a six-count charge of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.

He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.

Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Bassey the vehicles.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, Agatha Okeke, the presiding judge, found the senator guilty of the offences.

Consequently, he was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene prison to serve his jail term.

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east district, was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He, however, defected to the YPP in July, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

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Ex-Federal University of Gusau VC, Magaji Garba, bags 35-year jail term over N260m fraud

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Magaji Garba, an ex-VC of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS) has been sentenced to 35 years imprisonment over N260 million fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured the conviction on Wednesday in Abuja.

Maryam Hassan Aliyu, a judge of the FCT high court in Garki found the former vice-chancellor guilty of a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and forgery.

Garba was arraigned by the EFCC on October 12, 2021, for allegedly extorting various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the university.

The offense is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 15th of May, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square of the Federal University, Gusau under the false pretense of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira) which representation/pretense you knew to be false”.

Count three reads: “That you, Professor Magji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 1st [of ] August 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Million Naira from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contract executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square at the Federal University, Gusau under the false presence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretense you knew to be false”.

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JUST IN: Court remands student who said Aisha Buhari ‘ate poor people’s money’

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Aminu Muhammad, a student of Federal University Dutse (FUD), has been remanded in prison over his controversial tweet on Aisha Buhari.

Muhammad, who hails from Azare in Bauchi state, is a final-year student at the department of environmental management.

BODEX BLOG had reported that the student was arrested by the police over a tweet that appeared to mock Aisha.

The tweet, which was posted in Hausa in June 2022, reads: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.”

Aminu’s tweet, accompanied by a photo of Aisha, loosely translates as “Mama has eaten poor people’s money and is now full”.

According to BBC Hausa, C.K. Agu, Muhammad’s lawyer, said he was remanded at a hearing on Tuesday at a court in the federal capital territory (FCT), pending another sitting on his bail application.

“He is currently being held in Suleja prison before the bail application is heard,” the lawyer was quoted as saying.

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