50,901 drug offenders arrested, 9,034 convicted in three years — NDLEA

The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has arrested a total of 5,0901 drug offenders, including the apprehension of 46 drug barons in the last three years.The Chairman of the agency, Brig-Gen Muhammed Marwa (retd.), made this known on Monday at the inauguration and handing over ceremony of an operational facility built and donated by the British Government to the NDLEA in Lagos.Marwa said within the period, the agency had successfully prosecuted and convicted 9,034 of them as well as seized over 7,561 tonnes of illicit substances.This, according to him, would not only disrupt the flow of illegal drugs but also serve as a significant blow to the criminal networks responsible for their distribution.He said, “Our operations have undergone substantial reforms resulting in remarkable achievement within the last three years.

During this period, the NDLEA achieved significant milestones in its mission to combat drug trafficking and abuse with a total of 5,0901 arrests, including the apprehension of 46 drug barons. Our agency has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to bringing those involved in illicit drug activities to justice. Furthermore, the conviction of 9,034 offenders underscores our relentless pursuit of accountability and deterrence in the fight against drug-related crimes.“Our seizure of 7,560,749 kilogrammes of that 7,561 tonnes not only disrupts the flow of illegal drugs but also serves as a significant blow for the criminal networks responsible for their distribution.”

Marwa added that the agency had taken decisive action against illicit drug crop cultivation with its search and destroy campaign against cannabis plantation which had led to the destruction of over 1000 hectares of cannabis farms in the past three years.“At this time, we are looking at alternatives. We are strategising on how to control cannabis cultivation in Nigeria through the encouragement of cannabis growers to turn their attention to growing alternative illicit drugs and with this, an alternative development unit has been created in my office,” he added.Speaking at the ceremony, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jonny Baxter, assured the agency of continued support to the NDLEA and Nigeria.

He said: “We, the UK Government, are delighted to have this long-standing relationship with the NDLEA and I’m in particular delighted to have been personally in several activities especially your maritime. This building makes a whole set of different actors and capabilities to address any criminal activity.“We’re delighted to continue our support for the NDLEA and the Nigerian government to tackle what is sadly a global industry, which needs a global response. I’d like to join the chairman in affirming our continued support, our continued cooperation, and indeed our continued pride in working together with ladies and gentlemen of this agency, the NDLEA.”

The NDLEA in February intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.Similarly, it reportedly arrested members of an organised criminal organisation which specialised in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg

I collected $3m cash for Emefiele – Dispatch rider tells court

A dispatch rider, Monday Osazuwa, dazzled the Special Offences Court in Lagos with revelation on Friday when he narrated how the embattled former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, instructed him on different instances to collect the sum of $3 million cash in tranches.

Osazuwa, who was led in evidence in chief by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), told the Court that he had been a dispatch rider at Zenith Bank since 2001 before joining the CBN as a contract staff member in 2014.

The witness, who testified before Justice Raman Oshodi, said he was later appointed as a senior supervisor (full-time) in charge of recording and filing documents while working in the CBN Governor’s office in Lagos.

He stated that when he collected money for his boss (Emefiele), he would take it to his residence at Iru Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The highest amount I collected was $1m, all in cash. Some weeks later, the businessman also called me, and I collected $850,000, $750,000, and $400,000 in cash in different tranches.

“I have never been rewarded, paid, or given anything. I was doing it out of faithfulness, and he knows it, but he never once said, ‘Take this,” the witness said.

Recall that the EFCC arraigned Emefiele on Monday, April 8, on 23 counts bordering on abuse of office.

He is being tried for alleged abuse of office and fraud to the tune of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.

Woman sentenced to life imprisonment for burning her boyfriend to death in his car

A South African woman, Nonjabulo Nokukhanya Nkosiwho, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her boyfriend, Dumisani Qwabe, 47, a ward councilor candidate.

Nkosiwho, 37, had planned to hire a hitman to kill her boyfriend but failed and instead carried out the murder on her own.She was sentenced for murder in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.The National Prosecuting Authority in KZN said Nkosi was in a romantic relationship with Qwabe and at some point she decided to kill him.“She approached Xolani Skhumbuzo Mtambo to arrange for a hitman to kill him, but the plan fell through,” said NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara.

She said Nkosi then obtained a firearm and petrol to carry out the killing by herself.“On October 25, 2021, Nkosi met Mtambo at a marketplace, where he loaded the firearm for her, and showed her how to use it. Thereafter, Qwabe received a call from Nkosi and left his house,” Ramkisson-Kara said.“Later that night, his motor vehicle was found engulfed in flames on the road between Nongoma and Pongola, with his burnt remains inside.”

The NPA said Nkosi did not report to work the next day due to first and second-degree burns she sustained to her left cheek and left hand.“Following Qwabe’s death, his family members discovered that his cellphone and bank card were still active. Police investigations revealed that Nkosi was using Qwabe’s bank card and banking app to make cash withdrawals and pay for purchases,”Ramkisson-Kara said.“

She was subsequently arrested, and an analysis of her cellphone records led to Mtambo’s arrest, three months later.In court the state handed in evidence of WhatsApp messages between both the accused before and after Qwabe’s murder, the NPA said.“Footage from CCTV cameras at the ATM where Nkosi used Qwabe’s bank card, was also submitted as evidence.”

In aggravation of sentencing, victim impact statement handed to court described Qwabe as a kind and supportive person who had a vested interest in the community.The family said they had difficulty coming to terms with his death, especially since he was killed in such a gruesome manner.”

In addition to life, Nkosi was sentenced to five years imprisonment for theft.Mtambo was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder.“

In sentencing him, the court considered the fact that he was a first offender and that he was not present on the scene when the offence was committed as substantial and compelling reasons to deviate from the minimum sentence of life imprisonment,” said Ramkisson-Kara.

Residents of Lekki Worried By Activities of ‘Yahoo’ Kingpin

By Ebinum Samuel

The activities of a 28-years old scammer in Lekki area of Lagos state, is not only giving the residents sleepness nights, but has made the landlords there to call on security agents to check his life style.

The young man who is said to Cruise around with a Lamborghini and G-Wagon cars, is being alleged by the residents to be a Wire Transfer fraudster who hacks into E-mails and telephone numbers of companies based in United States of America.

They said he has accomplices in Ghana and China.A resident who pleaded anonymity gave the suspect name as Olamide. “He ( Olamide) always boast that he has law enforcement agents in his pocket. He was arrested last month by security operatives from Abuja.

We learned that the young man bribed the operatives with the sum of N115million. We fear for our lives because his cahoots that he cheated in their ignoble trade always storm here for altercation with him” said the resident.

Details later….

Trainee Army officer at Sandhurst military academy, 24, raped a female colleague who was so drunk ‘she could not walk’, court told

A trainee British Army officer at Sandhurst military academy raped a female colleague who was so drunk ‘she could not walk’, a court martial has heard.Officer Cadet Harry Waters, 24, is accused of carrying the young woman upstairs ‘princess style’ and having sex with her on his bed at his family home.The officers-in-training had shared a ‘passionate’ kiss downstairs on the sofa, the military court was told.OCdt Waters, who denies rape, claims his fellow cadet climbed on top of him prompting him to ask: ‘Do you want it?’.

But the female trainee officer later told him ‘if you have to carry me up the stairs’ that doesn’t count as consent for sex.The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, whose alumni include Princes William and Harry, is responsible for training the British Army’s officers but in recent years the Berkshire institution has been rocked by sex abuse scandals.Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, heard Waters invited a group of cadets to his family’s home in Guildford, Surrey, for a weekend while his parents were away.The alleged rape came after a day of heavy drinking, which the alleged victim, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was not accustomed to, it was heard.Rupert Gregory, prosecuting, said: ‘OCdt Waters invited her and others to spend the weekend at his family home which is not far from Sandhurst.’On the Friday they had drinks and food and had watched a movie.

She says she fell asleep and this defendant carried her up to her room.’The following day they went to a pub in London, drinking in the day. They met up with others.’It got quite late and they ended up taking an Uber back to his family home, they sat down and they carried on drinking.’Mr Gregory said the female officer cadet was ‘not used to the robust drinking culture’ within the Army, had been drinking whisky, and was more inebriated than anyone else.The prosecutor said others went to bed, leaving OCdt Waters and the alleged victim alone, and that the pair started kissing.

She suggested things were OK but thereafter tried to avoid him around Sandhurst.She confided in a friend who urged her to make a report however it was heard she did not make a formal report initially.She said she felt ‘isolated’ at Sandhurst and was not ‘supported’ there as she struggled to get an STI test when false rumours floated around that OCdt Waters had contracted one.It was heard she was left upset when OCdt Waters moved into a room opposite hers.

While out with other cadets, the young woman was jokingly teased about ‘getting with’ OCdt Waters.Around four months later, after speaking with the Padre at Sandhurst, the cadet wrote a letter to OCdt Waters accusing him of sexually assaulting her.Mr Gregory said: ‘She ended up asking OCdt Waters whether he had an STI and wrote to him a letter about how isolated she felt.’They had a chat and he said he felt differently about what happened.’She said to him she was so drunk she could not walk so she didn’t consider that what they did in the bed was consensual.’

He said he had not carried her upstairs and that she said ‘yes’.’The cadet said of the meeting: ‘I told him you need to know this but I’m not able to say this, I handed him the note and walked back to my room.’The note said that she had been struggling to deal with the ‘psychological’ impact of what happened, that she was ‘isolated’, and that it would ‘stick with me’.

OCdt Waters came to her room and she told him: ‘I don’t know if you have a different definition of consent but if you could not walk up the stairs I don’t see that as consent.’OCdt Waters left her room upset after telling her he didn’t carry her upstairs.

The trial, due to last over two weeks, continues.

Lagos Police Boss  Reels Out Achievements, Apprehends 2,329 Suspects In 100 Days, Recovers 20 Firearms

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Adegoke Fayoade, on Wednesday, reeled out his achievements since assumption of office, disclosing that a total number of 2,329 suspected criminals were arrested within the period.Fayoade, who clocked 100 days in office, also disclosed that a total number of 2,253 out of the figure have been prosecuted, while many others are being processed for prosecution.

Addressing newsmen at the Police Officers Mess, GRA, Ikeja where he unveiled the successes, the Police Commissioner hinted that the suspects were arrested for various crime offences ranging from cultism, armed robbery, Kidnappers among others.

He added that some stolen property were also recovered under the period in review.Specifically, Fayoade disclosed that 64 suspects were arrested in February for their involvement in varying crimes which include armed robbery, cultism and unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of illicit drugs among others.

Additionally, he said a total of number of 20 firearms, including four toy guns, 120 rounds of toy ammunition, twenty-eight 28 live ammunition, fifteen 15 live cartridges and three expended cartridges were recovered.Equally, the Police boss said four vehicles, POS machine, seven cutlasses, illicit drugs and various charms were recovered from the suspects.According to him, total of 4,502 motorcycles have so far been impounded on banned routes by the command and have been handed over to the state government for crushing.

On the strategy behind the remarkable achievements, he said, ” In the past days, I have piloted the affairs of the Command with all sense of professionalism, charging my men to be up and doing and not spearing the big stick on officers found wanting. ”

We have rejigged our township patrol, paying special attention to high-risk areas especially at peak periods. This has helped a lot to reduce traffic robberies. ” The enforcement on the ban of motorcycle is not left out as our continuous enforcement drives have been yielding positive results.”

He emphasised that the command has resolved to continue to improve on its performance by regularly reviewing its strategies, re-jig its men and motivate them for better performance.

Two medical Doctors arraigned for alleged involuntary manslaughter

Two medical Doctors arraigned for alleged involuntary manslaughter

The Lagos State Government on Monday arraigned two medical doctors, Michael Atiba and Michael Ugbeye, before an Ikeja High Court, over alleged involuntary manslaughter of a patient, Ejiro Ugorobi.

Atiba, a doctor at the Gbagada General Hospital and Ugbeye, a consultant with a national orthopedic hospital, are facing a count charge of involuntary manslaughter preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.

The defendants, whose residential addresses were not given, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The State Counsel, Mr Olalekan Azeez, asked for a trial date, following their not guilty plea.

Azeez told the court that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of Ugorobi by neglect application of anaesthetic before and after surgery.

He submitted that the defendants allegedly committed the offence on Oct. 21, 2023, at about 12:30 p.m. at No 20, Michael Adekoya St., Ilupeju, Lagos.

The counsel to the first defendant told the court that he filed a bail application dated March 22, and urged the court to grant Atiba bail on liberal terms.

“We are pleading that the first defendant be admitted to bail because he is a medical doctor and he is into the business of saving lives and not taking lives.

“He is not at any risk that he would not present himself for trial, I move in terms of the motion,” he said.

The second defence counsel, Mr A. O. Fayemi, moved the application for bail dated March 21 and urged the court to grant his client bail on self recognition.

Fayemi, in his 31 paragraph affidavits, said the second defendant had served the nation as a consultant orthopedic for over 30 years.
“The second defendant is a consultant who has served this nation as a consultant orthopedic with the national orthopedic hospital.
“He is not a young man that would not attend court.

“He is a consultant medical practitioner and he has a clinic at Ilupeju.

“He is a person who will present himself for trial and I urge your lordship to grant him bail on libra terms,” he said.

Justice Oyindamola Ogala, in her ruling, granted the defendants five million naira bail each with two sureties each in like sum.

Ogala said the sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

She added that the sureties must present credible home and office addresses as well as credible financial status.

Ogala ordered the sureties must present their BVN and NIN, evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government, and explained their relationship with the defendants.

The judge adjourned the case until May 15 for commencement of trial.

According to the prosecution, the alleged offence contravenes Section 224 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015. (NAN)

General Overseer, Pastor Shot Dead As Gunmen Storm Church In Akwa Ibom

The founder of the Mount of Solution Redeemed Church (MSRC), Apostle Elisha Asuquo and the pastor in charge of the church, Aniekan Ibanga, have been shot dead by gunmen, in Ikot Ekang, of a community in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.Naija News learnt that the tragic incident occurred when the gunmen stormed the National Headquarters of the Church at about 7:30 pm at the weekend, disrupting an ongoing Parish meeting.The unidentified gunmen reportedly left through the Abak-Ikot Ekpene Federal Highway after committing the crime.It was gathered the late Apostle Asuquo hailed from Adiasim in Essien Udim Local Government Area, while Pastor Aniekan Ibanga, was a native of Ikot Obioikpa village, Afaha Obong Clan, in Abak LGA.A community leader in Ikot Ekang, Bishop John Jeremiah Kpongkpong, in an interview with Leadership, described the killing of the two clerics as shocking, noting that such an ugly incident had never happened in the community before.

“On getting to the Church premises, I saw many people gathering while Policemen from Abak Division were performing their duty.”Also speaking on the incident, the Youth President of Ikot Obio Ikpa Village, Alphonsus Alphonsus Okoro, described the killing of their son as painful and a great loss.He further called on the two villages to cooperate and investigate the matter to bring the culprits to book, to which the Youth President of Ikot Ekang village, Godwin Adahada, agreed.Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the state police command, CSP Odiko MacDon, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayirara, had ordered a manhunt for the suspects.

Hair Stylist, Dispatch Rider Arrested For Selling Drug-Laced Chin-Chin To Students, Parties

By Ebinum Samuel

A 20-year-old hair stylist, Josephine Odunu and a dispatch rider, Edesemi Ikporo, 30, have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for selling and distributing illicit drug-laced chin-chin to school students and at social parties in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
NDLEA officers on patrol around Opolo area of Yenagoa had on Sunday 10th March 2024 intercepted the motorcycle dispatch rider, Edesemi and recovered 200grams of chin-chin produced with cannabis sativa, which he was on a mission to deliver to a buyer. A swift follow up operation led to the arrest of the hairdresser, Josephine, who distributes the drugged chin-chin from the salon where she works in Kpansia area of Yenagoa. A search of the salon also led to the recovery of 3.00kilograms bringing the total weight of the illicit substance seized from the duo to 3.2kg.
Investigations reveal that they distribute the chin-chin often laced with cannabis and tramadol to students and at birthday parties. While Edesemi handles the delivery to buyers, Josephine is a major distributor to a wanted suspect who produces the drugged chin-chin.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Adamawa state on Wednesday 13th March arrested two wanted suspects: Ajim Samuel (aka Boss), 30, and Davidson John Joshua (aka Dantala), 36, while on their way from Onitsha, Anambra state where they had gone to buy a consignment of tramadol containing 14, 428 pills of the opioid which they tucked in the body compartments of their black Honda Civic car marked YLA 623 SL. They were nabbed along Numan-Jalingo road. Also recovered from them were 21grams of cannabis and monetary exhibits totaling N19, 280.
In Osun state, commercial bus driver, Ogunleye Adegoke, 49, was arrested along Gbongan-Ibadan road after NDLEA operatives discovered 2,000 capsules of tramadol, 60 tablets of rohypnol and 10 bottles of codeine syrup concealed in the spare tyre compartment of his vehicle. While a total of 343,000 pills of opioids were seized by NDLEA officers from a suspect, Lawan Abubakar, 33, in Azare town, Katagum, Bauchi state on Friday 15th March, same day the Nigerian Army transferred a suspect, Muhammadu Rabi’u, 37, with 64,000 pills of tramadol recovered from him to the Bauchi state command of NDLEA.
At least, 24kg of cannabis was seized from the driver of a transport company, Ikechukwu Obialo, at Sagamu Interchange, Ogun state by NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 13th March, while in Kano, two suspects: Ali Amadu, 27, and Adamu Hassan, 33, were nabbed with a total of 125.3kg cannabis; 3,400 pills of tramadol; and 30 bottles of codeine syrup. They were arrested on Monday 11th March at Gadar Tamburawa area, and Friday 15th March at Tsamiya Babba, Hotoro respectively.
While 118 kilograms of cannabis were recovered from a warehouse in Masaka area of Nasarawa state on Saturday 16th March, NDLEA operatives in Edo state on Thursday 14th March arrested a suspect, Kole Samuel, 50, with 75kg of same psychoactive substance at market area, Otuo, Owan East LGA. Same day, operatives raided the Oloma-Okpe forest in Akoko Edo LGA where they destroyed 3,944.2075 kilograms of cannabis on 1.577683 hectares of farmland.
With the same vigour, the various commands of the Agency across the country
continued the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week. Some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and teachers of Government Day Secondary School, Michika, Adamawa; students and staff of Nana Aisha Secondary School, Damaturu, Yobe; students of Dee Unique International School, Abesan, Ipaja, Lagos and students and staff of Purple Crown Secondary School, Uwani, Enugu as well as a WADA advocacy visit to the paramount ruler of Alesa -Eleme kingdom, Emperor JD Nkpe 11, Rivers state.
While commending the officers and men of the Bayelsa, Adamawa, Osun, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Edo, Kano, and Ogun 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.