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NDLEA warns tricyclists against transporting drugs, traffickers

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NDLEA chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, on Saturday in Abuja warned tricycle operators, popularly known as “Keke Marwa’’ or “Keke NAPEP’’ against carrying drug traffickers.

Marwa said that they would lose their investments if they were caught using their tricycles to transport drug traffickers or illicit substances in any part of the country.

The NDLEA boss issued the warning when FCT and the 36 states’ chairmen of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) paid him a courtesy visit.

In a statement issued by NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, the chairman emphasised the need for the association to ensure that tricycles were not used to transport illicit drugs.

According to Marwa, “you and millions of your members have all invested hundreds of millions to buy these tricycles.

“But let me urge and warn that many of your members may lose their investments if they are caught using the tricycles to promote criminality, by using them to convey drugs and drug traffickers.

“Please urge your members who may be doing this to desist because the long arms of the NDLEA will soon catch up with them and they will only have themselves to blame,’’ Marwa warned.

The NDLEA chairman expressed the readiness of the Agency to partner with the association to educate its members and passengers on the dangers of illicit drugs as well as in the area of intelligence gathering.

Earlier, the association which was represented by its seven zonal chairmen called for partnership with the NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

In his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Comrade Aliyu Shuaibu, expressed appreciation to Marwa for granting the association audience in spite of his busy schedule.

Shuaibu noted that about 40 million Nigerians were benefiting directly or indirectly from the tricycle business.

He said that apart from seeking collaboration with the NDLEA on the drug war, the association had equally come to appreciate Marwa.

Shuaibu commended Marwa for his initiative by introducing the tricycle as a means of transportation in Nigeria, when he was the military administrator of Lagos State.

“The seed you sowed in Lagos State years ago is what is sustaining millions of Nigerians till today, whether as business or means of transportation.

“We are here to thank you for this great vision; we are also here to support your current assignment in the fight against illicit drugs and traffickers.

“And at the same time to install you as the National Life Grand Patron of TOAN.

“This is based on your immense contributions to nation building, particularly to the tricycle business, which today is a source of livelihood for millions of Nigerians and also the cheapest means of transportation for the common man,’’ Shuaibu said. (NAN)

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Why we raided Abuja hotel – NDLEA

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have raided and sealed Diplomatic Suite Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja in a joint operation with men of the Department of State Services, DSS to stop a cannabis party and the launch of a suspected new psychoactive drink.

About 200 attendees including three young ladies who organised the hemp party are currently being profiled and interviewed while bottles of the new drink have been taken for lab analysis.

The hotel was raided at about 8:18pm on Wednesday 20th April following actionable intelligence that some youths were planning to hold a hemp party at the hotel. Quantities of cannabis sativa were recovered from the pockets and bags of those arrested at the hemp party.

The audacious party no doubt is part of attempts by some elements to create a drug subculture in the Nigerian social space. The NDLEA will however continue to work with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure abuse of illicit substances is not allowed to get entrenched in the country under any guise.

 

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FG Approves Procurement Of Lie Detectors, Night Vision Goggles For NDLEA

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The Federal Government has approved the purchase of lie detectors and night vision Goggles for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

This was disclosed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

“Two memos were presented this afternoon by the federal ministry of justice on behalf of and at the instance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the minister said.

“One was a memo seeking the approval of the council for the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector.

“Our technology has improved to the extent that we have in place technological equipment that has the capacity to detect whether you are indeed speaking the truth or indeed you are lying in the course of investigation.

“So, for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the NDLEA in exterminating illicit drug trafficking, sales, and consumption, the Federal Government has considered the need and possibility of indeed providing this equipment to NDLEA.

“So, the memo in that respect was presented, it was taken and the contract was approved for Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited to procure for the agency this lie detector equipment.

“On that account, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector by the NDLEA in favour of Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited in the sum of N498,850,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a completion period of 90 days.

“The second memo sought the approval of the council for the supply of digital night vision goggles. This is intended to support the night operations of NDLEA.”

He said: “The council graciously approved the award of the contract with the supply of digital night vision goggles in favour of Messrs R-SET Integrated Solution Limited in the sum of N570,825,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% value-added tax with a completion period of weeks.”

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Police recover 3 undetonated explosives as Hoodlums attack police station in Imo

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Hoodlums suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, an armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, early hours of Monday, attacked Obowo Police Station in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo state, with petrol bombs and explosive devices, causing damages and injuring some police officers on duty.

The State Police Public Relations Officers, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri.

He said the hoodlums launched the attack from the thick forest around the Police station from the rear side of the police building.

However, the police said the officers on duty responded immediately engaged the hoodlums and chased them away back to the forest.

He said during the chase that some arms and ammunition were recovered including the recovery of three undetonated explosives.

According to the Police, “On the 28th day of March 2022 at about 0200 hours, armed men suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB )/ Eastern Security Network ( ESN ), its militia wing came in their numbers from the rear of the division, which is an ungoverned forest, threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) that fell on the transit camp and a vehicle, shooting sporadically.

“The police operatives of the division and some of the Command’s Tactical Teams responded swiftly, engaging the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel preventing them from gaining entrance to the station and in the process forced the hoodlums into retreating and they escaped back into the forest with various degrees of bullet wounds.

“The police operatives gave them a hot chase and while combing the bush the following items were recovered on the spot: three(3) undetonated Explosives, four(4) expended AK 47 RIFLES ammunition, five(5) live cartridges, thirty-three (33) expended cartridges, two masks, one pump action gun and a motor saw machine.”

“Meanwhile, apart from the minimal damage to the transit camp and a vehicle, no life was lost. However, the police operative who sustained a minor gunshot injury has been treated,” Police said.

 

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