Police invite Edo Labour Party, guber candidate, Akpata over attack at UNIBEN

The candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the forthcoming September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State, Olumide Akpata has been invited by the State Police Command over alleged security breaches, involving shootings at the University of Benin, UNIBEN, last Friday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed this to newsmen in Benin City,

Nwabuzor said the invitation was served on the LP gubernatorial candidate by investigators in the Political Desk Session of the State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

The Labour Party gubernatorial candidate, however, alleged that the attack was orchestrated by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state as well as the State Government to assassinate him.

The command’s image maker further explained that the invitation of Olumide Akpata was part of the investigation initiated into the crisis by the police Command.

When contacted, the State Chairman of the Labour Party, Kelly Ogbaloi, who confirmed the receipt of the police invitation, said he was not in Benin when the letter was delivered but assured that he would honour the invitation.

According to him, Olumide Akpata is our candidate but UNIBEN invited him to honour him on a personal note. I didn’t sign a surety of his safety there. I don’t know why the police are equally inviting me to come along with Olumide Akpata.

“The police ought to have done their background investigations, his being honoured by UNIBEN had nothing to do with our party secretariat. So, I don’t know why I am being asked to come along with him to the Police Command Headquarters in Benin, however, I will honour the invitation”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Government and the authorities of the University of Benin had in separate statements condemned the attack on the Labour Party Governorship candidate.

A statement by the Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare while condemning the clash, said an investigation is ongoing on the issue.

Nehikhare, also warned that the state government would not tolerate violence or this sort of irresponsible behaviour which was associated with the visit of Mr. Akpata to the institution.

“The Edo State Government condemns in the strongest terms the violence associated with the Labour Party candidate, Mr Olumide Akpata’s visit to the University of Benin on Friday, April 12, 2024.

“Claims and counterclaims have been made by Mr Akpata and the Student Union Government (SUG) of the University in statements issued by both parties on April 13, and an active investigation is ongoing on the issue.

“The Edo State Government, however, warns in the strongest terms that it will not tolerate violence or this sort of irresponsible behaviour which was associated with the visit of Mr Akpata to the institution.

“Government has the primary responsibility to ensure the security of lives and property in the State and will spare no effort to ensure that anyone who breaches the peace, no matter how highly placed, will face the full weight of the law.

“We hereby call on all Edo people to go about their lawful businesses without and allow relevant agencies progress with their investigation into the said matter”, he stated.

On its part, the management of the university described the incident as unacceptable.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, said the management has set up a Committee to investigate.

Ehanire said the committee, headed by Professor Frederick Ekhaise, has one week to submit a report to management.

“The Management of the University of Benin has condemned in strong terms reported violence during the visit of the Edo State Labour Party‘s gubernatorial candidate, Mr Olumide Akpata, on invitation by the Senior Staff Club of the Institution.

“The violent incident, allegedly perpetrated by some students, is unacceptable. Consequently, Management has set up a Committee to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the violent action”, she added.

Oyo State Govt Demolishes Yoruba Nation Building After Attack

The Oyo State government has demolished the building where the Yoruba Nation agitators are operating from in Ibadan, the state capital.

The building, located on Toye Oyesola Street in the Ibadan South West Local Government Area, was demolished on Wednesday, 17th April.

The demolition follows an attack on Saturday by the Modupe Onitiri-Abiola-led Yoruba Nation agitators on the Oyo State secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, which was, however, thwarted by a joint team of security operatives, including soldiers and police operatives.

According to Punch, the demolition exercise was confirmed by the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, CP Fatai Owoseni (retd.), but he directed further inquiries on the matter to the State Commissioner of Police.

“You can get more details from the Commissioner of Police,” he simply said.

“No More N12k/Per Bag:” Survey Shows Dangote, BUA, Others Crash Cement Prices to New Low

A market survey conducted by Legit.ng shows cement prices have dropped from the high of N15,000 it sold in January 2024. Retailers of the product said the drop is due mainly to ex-depot prices, which have also dropped following a meeting the producers had with the Nigerian government.

Nigerians reduce demand for cement According to them, the demand for cement has thawed since February 2024 as Nigerians have resisted buying the product due to its high cost.

A dealer in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, identified as Olayinka Olaniyi, told Legit.ng that sales are picking up due to the reduced price. “At a point, Nigerians stopped buying due to the high price of N15,000. I am sure most dealers ran at a loss then because we had mainly old stocks which we wanted to offload quickly,” he said. He said that currently, the product sells for between N7,500 and N8,000, depending on the brand and the demand for the brand.

Another seller, Justice Ike, in the Ogba area of Ikeja, corroborated Olaniyi’s assertions, saying that the prices are crashing as manufacturers adjust their depot prices. Crash in dollar leads to price crash He also said the naira’s appreciation against the dollar may be responsible.

“We know that the naira is doing well against the dollar now, and it would be absurd if manufacturers continued to sell the product at the old prices. “I also believe that the Federal Government’s intervention and the threat to license more importers may have worked, leading to the reduction in price,” he said. A major distributor in Owerri, John Ikechukwu, told Legit.ng in a telephone interview that low demand is also driving the price crash. “People are backing off now due to the high price, but it is beginning to come down now.”

He confirmed that the product is currently sold at N9,000 in the southeast despite the brand. Ikechukwu also attributed the fall in price to the gains of the naira against the US dollar. In a previous report by Legit.ng, Nigerians reacted to the rising cement prices, with stakeholders saying the hike would lead to more building collapses as people may resort to cheap means.

Cement price moves from N6,500 The price of a 50kg bag of cement has risen to about N9,500 in many parts of Lagos and around the country, primarily caused by the biting effect of inflation in Nigeria. Findings show that building materials’ prices have steadily risen from N6,000 to N6,500 to over N9,000 in many parts of the country. The Guardian reports that the cement price rose to N8,000 in Kogi state as many builders were unaware of the sudden price change. The periodic increase in the product’s price has caused retailers to halt sales, fearing that manufacturers might increase prices soon.

Price list of Dangote, BUA, Lafarge, others Legit.ng earlier reported that retailers of significant cement producers in the country have continued to sell the commodity at high prices despite a recent agreement between manufacturers and the federal government of Nigeria. Dangote, Lafarge, BUA, and other cement producers had agreed to cap 50kg bag of cement between N7,000 and N8,000.

This was agreed during a meeting initiated by the minister of works, David Umahi, attended by his counterparts from the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, including Doris Uzoka-Anite, in Abuja on Monday, February 19, 2024.

N15tr Lagos-Calabar Coastal highway absolute necessity, says Ashimolowo

The Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) London Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has backed the N15tr 700 -kilometre Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project of the Federal Government, describing it as a “necessity.”

Ashimolowo, who hinged his support for the road project on its strategic economic importance and location, said about 60 percent of the businesses in Nigeria take place in Lagos alone while the Southwest, South – South and South -East regions, which he reckoned as “Nigeria’s basin of wealth,” lamented that roads in these regions remained largely impassable.

He noted that the coastal highway when completed will decongest traffic on Lagos – Ibadan, Lagos – Ore expressways respectively, fast-track movement of goods and persons and bring about accelerated growth and development in the South and rest of the country.

The renowned international preacher spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital after delivering his sermon on Monday titled ” The mark of a good man,” being his homily at the 60th birthday celebration  of the Founder and Lead Pastor of Victory Life Bible Church International, Apostle Lawrence  Achudume.

Ashimolowo advised the Federal Government not to neglect the need to also fix the existing deplorable federal roads in parts of the country while working on the ongoing Lagos – Calabar coastal highway.

He also urged the government to cut down cost of governance, devise other belt – tightening strategies to make funds available to help the poor and consider the  Kenneysian economic model which entails government making companies to produce in excess while the government buys the surplus for distribution to the poor.

According to him: “Personally, I will actually favour that coastal road because 60 percent of businesses done in Nigeria are done in Lagos alone and the Southwest, South – South and South – East are the basin of Nigeria’s wealth yet the roads are impassable. 

“I think it is anachronism that the previous government did road to Niger to bring little or nothing. I think the coastal road is a necessity as long as there is balance while they’re doing that(the Lagos – Calabar coastal highway), they are repairing the other ones also.

“People who seemed to be blessed should not leave everything to the government. You cannot close your bowel of mercy (to the have nots), there  is need in the land, there is a lot challenges in the land. Nigeria is a funny place even if the prices of petrol and dollar come down, prices that have gone up may stay up. Reach out, touch somebody, bring out something even if you have to give them little here, little there.

“And to our leaders, please do all you can to bring down the cost of governance. Cut down the previous system of doing things. Look for ways to create some tightening of belts to help the needy, practice Kanesian economy, it is where government makes companies to over produce and the government buys the excess to give to the poor.”

On the birthday celebrator, Ashimolowo described Achudume as a learner and teacher who bears the mark of a good man with God’s presence resting on him, as evidenced in his intimacy with God.

According to him, the grace of God radiates  around Achudume.

Achudume described himself as a man helped by God and corroborated Ashimolowo’s position that he (Apostle Achudume) is someone who enjoys a special grace that keeps radiating around him.

“I am a man helped by God. I know where I’m coming from. I know where I would have been and I know where God has taken me.

“What would I say, but that God has helped me, that is the summary of my life.

 “One thing I can remember  is that the ifa oracle had told my great grand mother that the man( Lawrence Achudume) will not serve the  God that they serve but will serve the white man’s God ( Christianity) and it began to work out.There are challenges on the way until we get to where we are.,” he stressed. 

He praised his wife, children and congregants for being  strong  pillars of support.

He said: ” If my wife and  church members had given me problem, I would have died by age 40. God has blessed  me with wonderful people and I owe them a debt of love after the birthday celebration.”

The birthday celebration also witnessed the launch of an autobiography by Apostle Achudume titled ”  The  man helped by God.”

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

Testimony backlash: Dunamis apologises as Abuja testifier meets Enenche, wife

The woman who was accused of lying while giving testimony at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja, Vera Anyim, has said she bears no grudge against the church.

This followed the controversy that trailed the treatment that was meted out to her by the church’s Senior Pastor, Dr Paul Enenche, on Sunday.In a video that emerged online, Anyim, during her testimony in the church, said she graduated with a “Bsc in Law” from the National Open University of Nigeria.She was however interrupted by Enenche who said she was lying. The pastor also questioned the credibility of the woman’s testimony while he chided her on how she spoke.Enenche who said there was nothing like “Bsc in Law” immediately asked her to leave the pulpit.The action however generated a flurry of reactions as netizens demanded an apology from the cleric.

But Anyim, in a post on her Facebook page on Monday, said she had put the situation behind her.She made the statement after meeting Enenche and his wife, Becky.Sharing photos from the meeting, she wrote, “I want to inform the whole world that I just had a warm meeting with my spiritual father and mother, Dr Paul Enenche, and Dr Becky Enenche.“I don’t have any grudge against the church or them. I remain committed to serving God as a member of Dunamis Church.“I am thankful for the concern of the public.“I have put the situation at my back, and I have moved forward, and I want everybody to do the same. Peace.”

The church in a statement on Monday said it reached out to Anyim over the issue, while it explained that concerns arose during her testimony at the Glory Dome on April 14, 2024, regarding her language proficiency and the clarity of her academic credentials.It stated that her speech suggested a level of English proficiency below what might be expected of a university graduate, particularly one with a Law degree, while noting that discrepancies also emerged regarding the nature and duration of her academic pursuit, raising doubts about the legitimacy of her qualifications.

The statement added that the Senior Pastor’s actions stemmed from a commitment to upholding standards of excellence and integrity within the church community.The statement read, “A scenario was created on Sunday the 14th April, 2024 at the Glory Dome, the Global Headquarters of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, when Ms Anyim Veronica Nnenna came out to testify of how God helped her graduate from the university, thus making her the first person to attain that feat in her family.“

These were the immediate triggers for the said scenario: First, listening to the testifier’s expressions as it borders on basic spoken English, conveys the impression that the minimum standard expectation of a graduate, especially a graduate of Law was not met.“Second, stating that she studied Law for 10 years begged the question of what her degree actually was.“Third, she was unable to state exactly what the correct degree was for Law which is LLB, rather she said it was a BSc in Law which is largely unknown as a Law degree in Nigeria and possibly globally.“These prompted the Senior Pastor. Dr. Paul Enenche, to stop the testimony immediately as a product of a ‘lie.’ However, relief came when it was later confirmed that she actually graduated from a university.“It must be pointed out clearly here that embarrassing the testifier publicly with the attendant media frenzy was never intended; whatever happened was under the spur of the moment.”

The church disclosed further that the Senior Pastor was rather based on his and the church’s aversion to seeming mediocrity and any appearance of untruth.“While we remain resolute in our passion for excellence, intolerance of mediocrity and falsehood, we wish to reiterate the fact that no harm or hurt was ever intended by the Senior Pastor against Ms. Anyim Veronica. The Senior Pastor feels deeply concerned and had already reached out to her.“As a commission, we regret every inconvenience, hurt, and embarrassment this unfortunate scenario has caused to Ms Anyim Veronica Nnenna. We remain committed to her physical welfare as well as her spiritual growth. God bless us all,” the statement added.

Some photos confirming that the woman graduated from NOUN were discovered on her Facebook page and shared online.Reacting earlier to the treatment meted out to her, Vera lamented that she was disgraced and labelled a liar by her spiritual leader because she couldn’t speak English and mistakenly said B.Sc instead of LLB.In a post on her Facebook page on Monday, she stated that she graduated with a 3rd class from NOUN and was no. 2262 on the list of graduates from the school.She wrote: “It’s disheartened because I couldn’t speak English like lawyers. I was labelled a liar for mistakenly saying B.Sc instead of LLB. Actually, I graduated with a Third Class at NOUN.

The rejected stone can become the cornerstone. We’re reminded not to look down on anyone.“You can’t imagine what I endured throughout the service. How shattered I must have felt to be disgraced by my spiritual leader in such a manner? I am no. 2262 on the list. I, Vera, deserve better now.“The Devil came to steal my testimony but Jesus said NO!,” she stated in a separate post.

How Atiku Prevented Tinubu From Scamming FG – El-Rufai

An Encounter with Enron

One of my memorable early experiences in BPE was a political baptism of fire – an encounter that opportunity to cash in on that misfortune. They did something similar in India in the 1990s and it went really wrong but they learnt some lessons and came to Nigeria with a more refined approach.

What Enron proposed was to supply second-hand, barge-based generators (moveable and easy to relocate in case of payment defaults) using diesel initially, to be supplied by Wale Tinubu’s Ocean & Oil Ltd. (now Oando) until gas pipelines are extended from Egbin to the barges’ location, to provide initially 90MW and expandable to 540MW of electricity exclusively for Lagos State.

The Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, his finance commissioner Wale Edun, budget commissioner Yemi Cardoso, Gbenga Oyebode of Aluko & Oyebode, Wale Tinubu and Tunde Folawiyo, all of them friends or acquaintances of mine, were involved in the transaction at various levels and capacities. There were only three hurdles that needed to be crossed. First was the legal reality of the time: that only federally-owned National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) could buy, transmit and distribute power so the cooperation of the Federal Government (FGN) was needed.

Second was that NEPA was notorious for not paying its bills (even to government-owned companies like the Nigerian Gas Company which supplies it with feedstock), so some payment security arrangements needed to be put in place in anticipation of NEPA’s default, and finally Enron would require a sovereign guarantee in the event that NEPA fails to pay and the security arrangement fails to crystallise or is exhausted by multiple defaults.

Enron and Bola Tinubu found a way by getting Chief Bola Ige, a fellow opposition AD party leader working in a PDP administration, to get Obasanjo to sign off on the transaction without any cabinet review or rigorous inter-agency discussions. Bola Ige also obtained the president’s consent to sign a sovereign guarantee on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria something only the Minister of Finance was legally authorized to do
There were no loud protest from NEPA management who could foresee the dangers of potential corporate insolvency because they all believe resistance was fruitless since Minister Bola Ige had the ears of President Obasanjo.

Everything was signed, sealed and delivered and we all read about it in the newspapers. I was concerned that this could negatively impact the future privatization of NEPA and requested the VP to obtain copies of the agreements signed for our review. This was barely two weeks after I resumed, and then early in December 1999, we received the ‘power purchase agreement’ (PPA) of over 100 pages including annexes, annexures and other attachments.

We could not make any sense out of it. We approached Norton Rose of the UK, and two local law firms, A B Mahmoud & Co. based in Kano and George Ikoli & Okagbue of Lagos to undertake a review of the power purchase agreement. Norton Rose needed several weeks, and instinctively I knew we had to figure this out before it got too late, and several weeks night be too late.

The local law firms submitted the outcome of their reviews within a short period, but what we got were not very helpful in isolating the potential impact of the PPA on our power sector reform programme. The agreement was highly technical with enough equations and integrals to scare all but the most mathematically proficient of lawyers. At this point, I approached the World Bank country office for assistance.

Trevor Byer, the country director who fortuitously had been involved in power sector reforms elsewhere before his posting to Nigeria, was very very helpful, proactive and immediately responsive. Within a couple of weeks, we received a summary of the agreement, its impact on privatization, what the equations and annexes meant in terms of tariffs, security arrangements, dollar payments and contingent liabilities. I immediately briefed the Vice President who was alarmed at the findings, and he instructed me to draft a memo for onward transmission to President Obasanjo.

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Within five weeks of taking over the headship of BPE, I drafted the first of many memos which would be forwarded to the drawing attention to surreptitious steps being taken by line ministries to frustrate sector reforms and privatization. The Lagos State-Enron case was particularly dangerous as it would have bankrupted NEPA almost overnight! The president immediately put the transaction on hold and commended the vice president for briefing him on the implications of the deal.

The VP set up a ministerial committee chaired by Minister of State Danjuma Goje, with BPE, the Federal Ministry of Finance,and Lagos State Government represented as members,to review the agreement. Enron immediately hired GoodWorks International, the global advisory firm co-founded by former US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, to influence the outcome of the review, while Bola Ige and some sections of the South-West media got busy attacking me, the vice president and the BPE for depriving Lagos and Yoruba people of steady electricity’.

We declined to respond, focusing on fixing what we saw as a potential stumbling block to reforming and privatizing our electricity supply industry. I am glad we truncated the original deal, but even the better and arrangement which reduced tariffs from 8.5 cents per kilowatt – hour to just 1 cent a kilowatt – hour ended up placing huge financial burdens on NEPA years into the future – and the undertaking we extracted from Lagos State to share part of the burden was subsequently challenged court, and remained in dispute until we left office.

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My Enron experience was an education of sort. I learnt many new lessons that dispelled my naivety. Well-informed and trusted friends put pressure on me to look the other way because they were advisers or consultants to Enron, or were potential; beneficiaries in the transaction.

My explanations and passionate representations that the transaction was inimical to national interest, negatively impacts the long-term viability of NEPA and threatened the reforms of the electricity industry were neither nor relevant to their position.

I saw starkly how government officials were willing to prevent the interest of the country to impress foreigners, or obtain preferences for those they thought were their kinsmen. It was an early sobering experience and an appreciation of the reigning dictum of every one for himself, and no one for the country.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State and former Director General BPE writing in his book: The Accidental Public Servant (Page 81 – 84).

Pregnant Woman, Widow Arrested Over N3.2m Counterfeit Cash, Lethal illicit Substance…As NDLEA recovers 900,000 opioid pills, 1,347.4kg cannabis in Kano, Kogi, Imo, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti raids

By Ebinum Samuel

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted a commercial bus conveying N3.2million counterfeit cash owned by three suspects: eight-month pregnant Favour Peter, 24; Esther Adukwu, 27, and Ochigbo Michael, 39, who were arrested at Jabi park in Abuja in a follow up operation on Tuesday 9th April following the seizure of the fake naira notes in Lokoja, Kogi state.

This is even as NDLEA officers in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Lugard base, Lokoja intercepted 37-year-old Aliyu Lawal along Lokoja-Abuja road on Monday 8th April and recovered 620 blocks of cannabis weighing 310kg from him, while 10 sacks of the same psychoactive substance weighing 98kg were seized along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja express way by NDLEA operatives from Jama Obodo, 44, in a commercial bus coming from Ilesha, Osun state enroute Taraba state on Wednesday 10th April. In Cross River state, a 40-year-old widow and mother of two, Mrs.

Theodora Ita was on Monday 8th April arrested at Bassey Edom, Calabar, by NDLEA operatives for producing and selling a lethal new psychoactive substance, NPS, locally called ‘Combine’, which is a mixture of different strains of cannabis and opioids soaked in raw gin. As at the time of her arrest, 18 litres of the dangerous substance in used paint drums were recovered from her.

In her statement, she claimed she started the illicit drug production and distribution in October 2023. Another suspect, Godwin Okon Samuel, 48, was apprehended at Essit Ebum area of Calabar with 39.4kg of cannabis sativa on Tuesday 9th April. While two suspects: Sani Mohammed, 43, and Christopher Eze, 64, were arrested in Sabon Gari area of Kano on Tuesday 9th April with 900,000 pills of opioid recovered from them, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road, Imo state on Friday 12th April intercepted a logistics truck with registration number JGB 403XB and recovered 230 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 119kg hidden under household items after a thorough search.

At least 252 kilograms of cannabis were seized during a raid at Ijesa Isu forest, Ekiti state on Saturday 13th April while four suspects: Adamu Umar, 39; Abdullahi A Gimba, 27; Julius Uduakhomu, 28; and Micheal Sunday, 24, were nabbed loading 40kg of same substance to the engine compartment of a gas truck at Agho village, Owan East, Edo state.

Two motorcycles used in conveying the consignment to where the gas truck heading to the North was parked, were also recovered. In Ogun state, a suspect, Ismaila Ogun was arrested on Friday 12th April with 79kg cannabis at Imeko, while 18-year-old Friday Abah was nabbed with 410kg of the same substance when NDLEA operatives raided Obatedo camp, Itaogbolu forest, Akure North LGA, Ondo state. With the same zeal, the various commands of the Agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week.

Some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and staff of Gboko Polytechnic, Gboko, Benue state; officers and men of 15 Engineering Field Regiment Nigerian Army, Topo, Badagry Lagos; meat butchers at Odo Eran abattoir, Osogbo, Osun state and WADA advocacy visit to Kogi state Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, among others.

While commending the officers and men of the Kogi, Cross River, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Kano, and Edo Commands of the Agency for their outstanding feats in drug supply reduction, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded them and their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures, aimed at drug demand reduction.

Recruitment of Police Constables: Zone 5 Announces Date For Practical Tests, Medical Screening For Qualified Candidates.. AIG assures of transparency, warns scammers

By Ebinum Samuel

The Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin City, Edo State has informed indigenes of Delta and Edo States who applied for the ongoing recruitment of Police Constables into the Nigeria Police Force, that the Police Recruitment Board has invited Specialist applicants for Practical Tests as well as Medical Screening in the ongoing recruitment exercise that the tests will run simultaneously with the Medical screening of both General Duty applicants and Specialists has been scheduled to commence on 16th Tuesday, 2024.

It will run for a period of two weeks. The exercise, according to the Zone 5 Spokesman, DSP Tijani Momoh, is scheduled to hold under Zone 5 Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (covering Delta and Edo States) as follow:

Date: Tuesday 16th April, 2024
Venue: Magnus Eweka Police Cottage Hospital, Plot 15 Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City.
Time: 8:30am – 2:45pm daily.

The medical screening exercise is to be conducted by the Nigeria Police Medical Services. Similarly, candidates for the Exercise have been scheduled in designated syndicates and they are expected to visit the recruitment portal on: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng to print out their medical screening invitation slip.

Momoh disclosed that in view of the above, qualified candidates are to come along with their Letter of Invitation (Medical Screening Slip), National Identity Card/Slip and appear in white T-shirt on white shorts.

Meanwhile the AIG in charge of the Zone, Arungwa Nwazue has assured that the medical screening exercise will be conducted in the best tradition of transparency and professionalism, while wishing the candidates success in the Practical tests/Medical Screening Exercise; he further advised them to conduct themselves in the most orderly manner during the exercise and be wary of job-scammers, as the recruitment is absolutely free, without any pecuniary obligation.

The AIG further warned that anyone found impersonating any candidate during the exercise would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

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.