The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested a man, Okeke Adolphus Anayochukwu, caught with black liquid cocaine at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi.
According to the statement, the 52-year-old father of four, who claimed to be a businessman, selling children’s wares was arrested with 20.75 kilograms of the black liquid cocaine on Tuesday, March 15, upon his arrival at the Abuja airport onboard Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Doha, Qatar to Abuja.
The liquid was discovered after the officers searched his luggage stuffed with six smaller bags containing 32 packs of facial products. Upon further examination, the items were confirmed to have contained cocaine.
Anayochukwu claimed to have met the person who gave him the consignment to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of N2,000,000 at a drinking joint in Brazil.
In other operations across the country, different quantities of various drugs were recovered from suspects.
At least three persons: Tony Samson, Paul Adamu, and Reuben Waziri were arrested in Kaduna on Friday, March 18, with 18,380 tablets of Tramadol, and 12,500 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 tablets.
In Anambra, NDLEA operatives on Thursday, March 17, intercepted a bus with reg. No AGU 460 ZW, at Obosi bridge heading to Aba, Abia State from Onitsha. Upon search, seven and half jumbo sacks of cannabis weighing 362kg were recovered while the driver, Ifeanyi Anyamele admitted to being the owner of the drug exhibits.
The previous day (March 16), narcotic officers in Ogun State recovered 865.2kg of cannabis Sativa around Otapele-Obada road in Imeko-Afon LGA.
The consignment was brought in from Benin Republic on motorbikes for onward transportation to Lagos and Abeokuta. On the same day, operatives in the state arrested one Bello Ibrahim with 312.4kg of Cannabis Sativa at Ogere tollgate, Ikenne LGA.
While commending officers and men of the NAIA, Kaduna, Anambra and Ogun State Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and diligence, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their counterparts across the country to always remain steps ahead of the tricks of drug traffickers.
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SANWO-OLU ASSURES LAGOSIANS OF ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the State will continue to sustain its enviable status as the fifth largest economy in Africa and also achieve its vision to become Africa’s model megacity as well as a global economic and financial hub that is safe, secure, functional and productive.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance at the Year 2022 edition of the Punuka Annual Lecture with the theme:
“Taxation of the Digital Economy: The Challenges and Prospects for the Nigerian Economy”, held recently at Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, represented by the
Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, reaffirmed Lagos State’s commitment to improving the ease of doing business through the development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and ensuring overall prosperity for every citizen.
He averred that the Lagos State Government will continuously seek ways of improving revenue generation through a tax system that is modern, efficient and effective, noting that it is in this regard that the present administration considers the lecture timely and relevant.
Sanwo-Olu said the State faces major challenges in taxing income/profit accruing from e-commerce and digital activities as the transactions more often than not transcend borders, while the contracting entities usually do not have a fixed base (tax residence rule) in the State.
Explaining that the trend has made it difficult to trace, track and establish taxing rights over the huge profits made by multinational enterprises and individuals, the Governor said the inability to garner the requisite tax income from such e-commerce businesses is detrimental to revenue collection/generation.
According to him, the emerging trend requires laws to regulate their operations, just as monitoring will also help to establish the economic presence of these entities for tax purposes.
Mr. Governor reiterated that the State is always open to ideas, strategies and ways to effectively and comprehensively improve tax administration processes and procedures in line with emerging trends in the digital economy towards maximising its revenue generation capacity.
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