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NDLEA arrests two wanted businessmen for drug trafficking

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested two businessmen, who had been on the run, for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s spokesman, said one of the suspects, Nnebo Christopher, was wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of co-codamol.

He said co-codamol is a combination of paracetamol and codeine and was seized at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) local wing in March 2022.

He added that Christopher was arrested on November 3.

Babafemi also said Omeje Oliver, an automobile parts dealer, who had been on the run since April, was arrested on October 31 in Enugu.

He said Oliver fled to Enugu after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos.

Oliver was wanted in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside soles of ladies’ footwear going to Liberia on April 16.

“NDLEA operatives also intercepted 550 grams of Indian hemp `loud’ concealed in machine parts going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while the sender, Ogbure Ifeanyi was later arrested,’’ Babafemi said.

In another development, operatives on patrol on Malumfashi-Zaria Road, in Katsina state, arrested Bukar Haruna, a blind Nigerien, and his Saka, his son, for drug trafficking.

Babafemi said the suspects were arrested while heading to Niger Republic with 20.5kg of Indian hemp and 10 grams of Exol-5.

He said NDLEA also recovered no less than 2,685.5kg of Indian hemp in four different operations in Edo the last week.

He said 53 bags of Indian hemp weighing 742.5kgs were seized on November 2 at a camp in Esioriri, Owan east LGA of Edo where four suspects were arrested.

The suspects are Chukueke Igba; Solomon Peter; Emmanuel Jeremiah; and Happiness Chidi.

Another raid in the house of one Joy Zubaru led to her arrest with 30.5kg of Indian hemp recovered.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives stormed the Egbeta Forest in Ovia northeast LGA of Edo on November 3 and recovered 112 bags of Indian hemp and eight bags of seeds weighing 1,598.5kg.

Babafemi said another team evacuated 27 bags of Indian hemp weighing 314kg at Amahor village in Igueben LGA of Edo.

“In Mubi area of Adamawa, operatives intercepted a Toyota Corolla car transporting 9,600 pills of tramadol on Tuesday November 1,” he said.

“A follow-up operation later led to the arrest of the owner of the consignment, Mamuda Ramadan.

“Another suspect, Alhassan Muhammed, was arrested on October 30 on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway with 136,000 pills of tramadol concealed inside his car’s spare tyre.”

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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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