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NDLEA intercepts 60 bags of cannabis concealed in sound speakers at Lagos airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have intercepted a large consignment of ‘loud’, a synthetic strain of cannabis, concealed in giant loudspeakers at the Lagos airport.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the illicit drugs were tucked in a consolidated cargo imported from New York, United States.

Babafemi said NDLEA officers seized giant wooden boxes dressed as sound speakers at the import shed of the Lagos airport and they were found to be stuffed with 60 bags of the cannabis.

“At least, three suspects: a freight agent Akeem Afeez; logistics company manager Babalola Ayodeji Gboyega; and the receiver of the consignment Taiwo Olusegun Anuoluwapo; have been arrested in follow-up operations between Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2024,” the statement reads.

“While Afeez was arrested at the airport, Gboyega was nabbed at his office on Allen Avenue Ikeja and Taiwo traced to his residence at 13 Ayo Babatunde Crescent, Lekki Phase l, Lagos, where he was picked on Friday.”

The spokesperson said in Abia, a joint operation between the NDLEA and the state homeland security in Umuahia on February 14 led to the arrest of Adaobi Nweke, a lawyer; Emeka Nkemefola, her boyfriend; Ngozi Nweke, her mother; Dike Okpara, the family’s herbalist.

The agency also arrested Chukwudi Abel, a member of the family; Amarachi Paul, another member of the family; and Blessing Jonathan, their 22-year-old sales girl.

“Investigations reveal that members of the family had long been in the illicit drug business passed on to them by their now late father, Jonathan Nweke,” the statement reads.

“Recovered from them as at the time of their arrest include various quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Loud, Cannabis Sativa, and precursor chemicals with a total weight of 1.670kg as well as N578,400 monetary exhibit.

“Attempt by a 25-year-old Uber driver, Joshua Henry, to deliver a consignment of 26.2grams of Loud picked in Abuja to a customer in Keffi, Nasarawa state on Monday 12th February was thwarted by NDLEA operatives who intercepted him.

“Commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Abia, Nasarawa, Edo, Kogi, Kano, Ogun, Ondo, and FCT Commands of the Agency for their outstanding feats in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), equally applauded their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures thus creating a fair balance between their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.”

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Blogger who accused Pastor Ebuka Obi of fake miracles remanded in Keffi prison

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A chief magistrate court in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, has fixed April 12 for ruling on a bail application filed by Chizorom Harrison Ofoegbu, the social media influencer popularly known as Ijele Speaks.

Ijele was arrested by the police after he accused Ebuka Obi, the lead founder of Zion Prayer Movement Outreach, of performing fake miracles.

Ijele claimed that Obi is a criminal and scammer who lives through dubious means.

In the post tagging the police, the influencer also accused the clergyman of being “a fraudster who performs fake miracles”.

The blogger has been in detention for over two weeks.

Arguing a bail application on Monday, Marvin Omorogbe, counsel to Ijele, prayed the court to set aside the remand order granted against his client.

He asked the court to “order his release from the Keffi correctional centre or, in the alternative, admit him to bail”.

Omorogbe alleged that the police suppressed facts before the court to secure a remand order.

He said the police also lied about filing a charge at the Abuja federal high court.

“For the fact that the Police came to court to lie on oath is enough reason to set aside the remand order. They misled the court into granting the remand order against the applicant,” the lawyer said.

Ijele’s counsel said the 14-day period for the applicant to be remanded has expired, adding that there is no application for the renewal of the remand order.

Opposing the bail application, Obiora Ejiofor, the police lawyer, said, there was no evidence placed before the court to warrant granting the applicant bail.

He also insisted that a four-count criminal charge against the applicant has been filed at the federal high court in Abuja.

“We are waiting for a date by the federal high court to arraign the applicant. The police is a very responsible institution of government,” Ejiofor said.

Responding on point of law, Omorogbe told the court that the exhibits attached to the counter affidavit by the police were forged.

“The purported wanted person notice was forged, that was why they made a photocopy of it to confuse the court,” he said.

“The court should not accord any value to the exhibits. The documents do not meet the minimum standard of the Evidence Act.”

He said the police did not exhibit any charge in all the processes filed before the court, saying that, there is no case against the applicant in the face of the law.

After listening to the submissions of all parties in the matter, Emmanuel Iyanna, the chief magistrate, adjourned till April 12 to rule on the application.

The applicant is to remain in Keffi correctional centre pending the ruling.

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NDLEA arrests India-bound passenger who vomited 80 wraps of cocaine

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have arrested Freeman Charles Ogbonna, an Indian-bound passenger, who vomited 80 wraps of cocaine.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the suspect was arrested on March 31 as he was about to board a flight to Delhi, India, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Babafemi said the suspect had a Liberian international passport with the name Carr Bismark and was taken for a body scan which revealed he had ingested illicit drugs.

“Preliminary checks revealed his real identity as Freeman Charles Ogbonna and was subsequently placed under observation in NDLEA custody where he started to manifest signs of discomfort,” the statement reads.

“Obviously choked by the volume of illicit drugs in his stomach and another substance taken to hold back excretion, the suspect soon began to retch before starting to vomit and excrete wraps of cocaine he ingested almost simultaneously.

“The suspect who claimed he was recruited into drug trafficking by one of his relatives eventually passed out a total of 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 889 grams through his mouth and anus over a period of four days.

“The great risk that almost took his life notwithstanding, Ogbonna said he was given the drugs to swallow at a hotel in Ipodo area of Ikeja with a promise to reward him with N300,000 cash if he successfully delivers the consignment in India.”

Babafemi added that NDLEA officials also intercepted one Imran Taofeek Olalekan, a drug mule, at the Lagos airport travelling to Oman.

He said the officials “discovered a false bottom concealment of drugs in the check-in luggage and the walls of the backpack” that the suspect carried.

“The NDLEA officers swiftly moved in on a man who accompanied the suspect to the airport. He was later identified as Ishola Isiaka Olalekan who recruited the trafficker,” he said.

“Imran Taofeek Olalekan said he returned from Dubai some years ago but still has a valid residence permit on his old passport.

“He claimed he was promised N1,500,000 if he successfully delivered the consignment in Oman, while his recruiter, Ishola was to be paid N200,000.”

“Further search by the officials led to the discovery of charms in the bag and on the drug mule who confessed that he travelled to Ibadan, Oyo state to meet with an ‘Alfa’ that prepared the charm for him to ensure he was not caught during the trip.

“Another charm was also found on the intermediary, Ishola Isiaka Olalekan who accompanied Taofeek to the departure area of the airport. Ishola claimed he procured the charms for the sum of N70,000.”

The NDLEA spokesperson also said operatives on April 3 intercepted 2,144 parcels of Colorado, a synthetic strain of cannabis weighing 1,072kg, at the Tincan seaport in Lagos.

“The seizure was made during a joint examination with Customs Service and other stakeholders of a container marked GAOU 6699215 coming from Montreal, but originated from Toronto, Canada,” he said.

“The drugs packed in 46 jumbo bags were found concealed in used 2009 Lexus RX 350, 2011 Toyota Sienna, and 2009 Lexus ES 350 as well as used engines, automobile doors, tyres, and used household goods as well as big drums loaded into the container.”

Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman, commended the operatives and urged them to remain vigilant and intensify their offensive action against drug cartels, as well as take their war against drug abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign to every community nationwide.

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NDLEA arrests Qatar-bound woman with 10.7kg of cannabis concealed in vegetables

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has detained one Chidinma Agbazue for attempting to export 10.70kg of cannabis sativa to Doha, Qatar.

The 35-year-old suspect was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA director of media and advocacy, said 20 parcels of the illicit drugs were concealed in dried vegetables and Abacha (African salad).

Babafemi said Agbazue was intercepted during clearance of passengers at the screening point by NDLEA officers working in partnership with operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).

He said preliminary investigations revealed that Agbazue was based in Qatar but returned to Nigeria in December for Christmas celebration.

“She said preparatory to her return to Doha, she was lodged at Club Dice Hotel in Ikotun area of Lagos where the consignment was handed over to her for trafficking to the Arab country,” the statement reads.

The agency said other arrests were made in Bayelsa, Ogun, Taraba, Abia and Ondo states during the month as its commands across the country intensified the war against drug abuse.

The agency said it also seized consignment hidden in noodles packs going to Bayelsa creeks, razed over 3 tonnes of cannabis in Edo forests.

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