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Nigerian vendor in UK, Musiliu Badejo jailed for selling toxic skin bleaching products



Musiliu Badejo, a Nigerian vendor living in the United Kingdom, has been convicted of selling harmful skin-lightening products via eBay, the e-commerce platform.

A four-year investigation by Southwark council’s Trading Standards team showed that most of Badejo’s products had toxic ingredients in them.

Trading Standards in the UK are local authority departments responsible for enforcing consumer protection legislation.

They investigate commercial organisations that trade outside the law or engage in unethical practices, aiming to remedy breaches through advice or legal actions.

In October 2022, Trading Standards raided Badejo’s flat and found 1,700 cosmetic products.

The 56-year-old was out of the country at the time.

According to the regulatory agency, sampling and analysis confirmed many of the seized products contained banned hydroquinone and corticosteroids, which were not included in the ingredients labelling.

Two of his eBay accounts were suspended by the e-commerce platform after he flouted a warning from Trading Standards asking him to stop selling any more illegal cosmetics.

On April 29, a London court heard that between March 2020 and January 2023, Badejo had used multiple eBay accounts to sell over 20,000 cosmetic products to UK customers.

Badejo was said to have sold over 20,000 bottles. The combined sales value was some £340,000.

The entrepreneur said he imported most of the products from Ghana, Nigeria, and Thailand.

An analysis of five of out seven of the vendor’s products contained either hydroquinone or corticosteroids.

One product called “Pure White dark spot corrector serum” contained both but did not list them as ingredients.

Trading Standards said the serum contained 10 percent hydroquinone — five times the permitted limit.

Badejo, whose goods were valued at over a quarter of a million pounds, received a six-week prison sentence suspended for 15 months and was ordered to pay £4,750 in fines.

Skin bleaching is not a new beauty phenomenon with many seeking to lighten their skin for different purposes.

However, medical practitioners have labelled the practice a public health concern, linking it to a range of adverse effects, from skin diseases to serious systemic problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and renal diseases.


EFCC arrests man for spraying naira notes in Gombe




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives at the Gombe zonal command have arrested one Zachariyya Muhammad for “abuse of the naira”.

In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC said Muhammad was arrested on May 25 following intelligence linking him with alleged spraying of naira notes at G-Connect in Tunfure, Gombe.

“Upon his arrest, he was shown a video where he was dancing and spraying Naira notes in N200 (Two Hundred Naira) denomination. He admitted to being the one in the video,” the statement reads.

“He will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.”

Section 21 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act frowns at abuse of the naira in the form of tampering, stepping on, tearing, spraying, and hawking.

Section 21 of the Act states: “(1) A person who tampers with a coin or note issued by the Bank is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“(3) For the avoidance of doubt, spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section.”

Recently, the EFCC went after celebrities who allegedly abused the naira.

On April 12, a federal high court in Lagos sentenced Bobrisky, the social media celebrity, to six months in prison for abusing the naira.

On April 16, the EFCC filed a three-count charge against Cubana Chief Priest, the nightlife promoter, for alleged abuse of the Nigerian currency.

Earlier this month, the EFCC said its operatives in Kano have secured the convictions of 31 individuals involved in illegal currency trading and abuse of the naira.

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NDLEA arrests couple for running drug cartel, seizes 50 blocks of cocaine




The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have arrested Lookman Dauda and Olayinka Toheebat Dauda, a couple, for running a drug cartel.

In a statement on Tuesday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said the duo was arrested on May 25 by operatives of a special operations unit, with support from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States.

He said the suspects were arrested at Ibiye, a community near Badagry, while attempting to cross the land border to deliver the consignment in Ghana.

He said at the point of their arrest, 42 blocks of cocaine weighing 47.5 kilogrammes, were found on them.

“A swift follow up operation in their residence at Plot 24/25 OPIC Extension, Petedo road, Agbara, Ogun, led to the recovery of additional eight blocks of the same drug weighing 10kg,” the statement reads.

“This brought the total weight of the cocaine seized from the couple to 57.5 kilograms.”

Babafemi said in a separate raid by the special operations unit, no fewer than 1,100 ampoules of lethal synthetic opioid weighing 6.48kg were recovered.

The NDLEA spokesman said the drugs were recovered from 34-year-old Ikeh Stanley Ifeanyi, a member of a drug trafficking syndicate, at the popular Idumota market in Lagos Island.

He said no less than 790 ampoules of fentanyl weighing 5.273kg were also seized from 48-year-old Chieze Ogechukwu Benjamin, another member of the syndicate, at Idumota market.

“Fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid which is 100 times more potent than heroin, is currently responsible for over 70 percent overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the US,” the statement reads.

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We arrested businessman who excreted 111 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport, says NDLEA




Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 48-year-old Emmanuel Orjinze, a France-bound businessman, for “ingesting 111 wraps of cocaine”.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said Orjinze claimed to be a Europe-based professional footballer.

He was arrested on May 21 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport during the outward clearance of Airfrance flight 878 from Abuja to Paris.

Babafemi said following a body scan which confirmed he ingested illicit drugs, Orjinze was taken into custody where he excreted 111 pellets of cocaine, over a period of three days, that weighed 1.603 kilogrammes.

“The suspect claimed he does business in the maritime sector while still scouting for any European football club to engage him,” the statement reads.

The statement added that NDLEA officers operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos dismantled a drug trafficking syndicate.

“This followed the arrest of four members of the network and the seizure of a total of 8kg of methamphetamine and 7.60kg of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis imported from South Africa,” the statement reads.

“The lid was blown off the syndicate when an official within the airport system was intercepted with a backpack and a bag at the departure hall of Terminal 1 of the airport by NDLEA officers with the support of Aviation Security officers on Tuesday 21st May 2024.

“A search of the bags led to the discovery of the illicit substances.

“A swift follow-up operation at Ajao Estate area of Lagos led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate: Chris Nwadozie and Chinedu Nwaosu.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of another member of the cartel working within the airport system on Saturday 25th May.”

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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