Tinubu vows to safeguard Nigeria from becoming illicit drug trafficking hub

President Bola Tinubu has vowed to ensure that the country was not turned into a minefield of illicit drug trafficking. Tinubu said this at the 31st conference of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa (HONLAF), hosted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday, in Abuja. The President also expressed Nigeria’s commitment towards ensuring a world not threatened by illicit drug abuse and trafficking. Tinubu, who was represented by his Deputy, Kashim Shettima, promised that his administration would continue to provide the necessary support, motivation and tools…

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NDLEA seizes N56.9m illicit drugs in FCT, arrests 343 suspects

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), FCT Command, have intercepted about 3,091.032 kilogrammes of suspected illicit drugs with a monetary value of over N56.9 million between January till date. FCT Commandant of the agency, Kabir Tsakuwa, disclosed this in an interview with the men yesterday in Abuja. According to Tsakuwa, the illicit drugs seized included suspected cannabis sativa, cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Tramadol, Rohypnol, Diazepam, Ecstasy, and Megadon. He also stated that 343 drug suspects were arrested within the period under review, adding that they comprised 328 males and…

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NDLEA uncovers cocaine warehouse, seizes N194bn worth of crack in Lagos

…Presumed biggest in agency’s history In what appears to be the biggest singular drugs seizure in the history of Nigeria’s premier anti-narcotic agency, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), have busted a major warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. This was made known in an issued statement by the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, yesterday. According to Babafemi, 1.8 tons (1,855 kilogrammes) of the illicit drug worth more than $278,250,000, which is about N194.775 billion in street value, were seized.…

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NDLEA uncovers N22bn consignment of illicit drugs from Abba Kyari, syndicate

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has said that the ongoing investigation of a billionaire drug baron, Chief Afam Mallinson Ukatu, has led to the discovery of how the suspect imported into Nigeria in a single month, October 2019, two containers containing 1,284 cartons of Tramadol, with a market value of over N22billion. The Agency stated this in a statement yesterday, to counter insinuations by some hirelings that NDLEA has no evidence to pin a crime on Ukatu, who is the Chairman/CEO of Mallinson Group of companies. After months…

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NDLEA intercepts N1.1bn Travellers’ Cheques, 10.89kg cocaine at Lagos airport

Travellers’ cheques in different foreign currencies with a total value of N1.157 billion have been intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA). At least, a suspect, Oguma Richard Uchenna has been arrested in connection to the attempt to export the cheques, which were neatly concealed inside four bound hardcover books disguised as academic project literature, to the United Kingdom. The financial instruments suspected to be counterfeits were discovered on Wednesday, 27th April, at the NAHCO export shed…

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Benin Republic hands over container-load of Tramadol worth N1.4bn to Customs

The Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), Seme Area Command, has received items suspected to be tramadol capsules concealed with packages of jumbo size adult diapers in a 40-feet container from officers of the Republic of Benin. A statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Hussain Abdullahi, revealed that the items have a Duty Paid Value, (DPV), of N1,447,297,050. Abdullahi, who quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Jibo, said the container was handed over to the Command by authorities in the Republic of Benin under transit to Nigeria on November, 15.…

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‘War against illicit drugs more dangerous than insurgency, banditry’ — Buhari

…10.6m Nigerians actively abusing cannabis – Marwa President Muhammadu Buhari has noted that the war against illicit drugs is more dangerous than the war against insurgency, banditry and kidnapping ravaging parts of the country and has therefore called for concerted effort to deal with the menace.  He made the declaration Saturday at the presidential villa, Abuja while launching the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), a programme initiated by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in commemoration of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking…

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