The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says the agency has arrested 619 suspected drug traffickers in Kano State in 2017.
The state Commandant of the agency, Alhaji Hamza Umar, disclosed this last Friday in Kano at a news conference organised by the command in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Umar said that the suspects were arraigned before the Federal High Court in the state where 165 of them were convicted to serve various prison terms.
According to him, the command also intercepted more than 17.1 tons of illicit drugs across the state, including over 344.9 grams of cocaine and over 88.2 grams of heroine, within the period under review.
“From January to date, we also intercepted over 5.5 tons of canabis and over 11 tons of rochi,” the NDLEA commandant said.
He explained that the agency counselled 282 drug users arrested with illicit drugs for their personal consumption and rehabilitated over 44 users in the state.
The Secretary of the NDLEA and CSOs, Kano Steering Committee, Mr Ibrahim Waiya, said the meeting was a follow up of the recent Senate Round Table meeting on the crisis of drug abuse in Nigeria held in Kano.
He commended the efforts of the National Assembly over their concern on the issue of drugs abuse in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country and Kano State in particular.
Waiya expressed optimism that the resolutions reached during the meeting would be taken serious with the aim of ending the menace.
According to him, the Kano State Government and the Kano Emirate Council are playing vital roles towards tackling the problem of drug abuse in the state and deserved commendation.
The Tide reports that various stakeholders attended the conference including youth organisations and parents, among others.
Ogoni Elders Honour DPO
Ogoni Elders under the umbrella Gbo Kabaari have presented an award to the Bori Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Bako Gbasam.
Presenting the award recently in Bori, the chairman of the group, Senator Benneth Birabi, said SP Gbasam’s bravery in combating crime and maintenance of peace informed the decision to reward him.
Senator Birabi, who led other prominent members of the group explained that the award was a way to encourage the gallant DPO in his effort to fight crime in Ogoni.
He said the settling of crisis between two villages in Yeke and recent manhunt on militants in the area were some of the milestones SP Bako had accomplished.
He admitted that although his predecessors made an attempt but SP Bako’s doggedness towards restoration of peace could not be over emphasised.
“How we wish other police officers could emulate him to reduce crime drastically”.
Earlier, SP Bako Gbasam expressed joy over the honour done him by the Gbo Kabaari.
SP Bako assured of his readiness to continue in his capacity to flush out criminal elements.
The death of Honest Diagbara, often called Bobosky, remains a watershed in the history of the police division.
SP Bako said Bobosky’s foot soldiers must be arrested accordingly.
He said Bobosky was deeply involved in all manners of criminal activities in Ogoni making life unbearable for his people.
While thanking the council chairman, Laliteh Loolo for his support in the fight against crime.
Also, the Khana chairman, Hon. Loolo Laliteh, assured more support to the police in the fight against crime.
Police Arrest 96 Suspects Over Cultism, Robbery In Benue
The Benue State Police Command, says it has arrested 96 persons over alleged house breaking, theft, armed robbery and cultism in Makurdi, the state capital.
A statement by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Catherine Anene, said on Monday in Makurdi that the suspects were arrested following complaints from residents of Welfare Quarters, Yarkiyo, wadata, Ankpa Quarters, NUJ and North-Bank areas.
She said that the suspects were arrested between August 24 and September 15.
The official listed items recovered from the suspects to include two locally-made pistols, one dane gun, two live cartridges, one canister of 38mm, tear gas cartridge, one military camouflage cap, three black berets, four red berets, and military jungle hat.
Other items were two pairs of military uniforms, one Ipad, two desert boots, one animal horn, cutlasses, knives and assorted charms, and wraps of herbs suspected to be Indian Hemp.
Anene said that the Command had resolved to rid the state of all criminals and urged the public to offer useful information to assist the security agencies.
NPFL: Plateau United Signs Adetunji
Nigeria Professional Football League side, Plateau United, has secured the signing of Sunday Adetunji to their ranks ahead of the 2020/21 league season.
Adetunji, who has been linked with five different teams, put an end to the speculation about his future when he revealed that he has signed a deal with the 2017 league champions via his social media handle on Wednesday.
Adetunji was linked with Abia Warriors, Rivers United, Shooting Stars, and Kano Pillars, but he later put pen to paper for a two-year contract after strong negotiation involving the player and his management team.
“I’m happy to announce my arrival at this iconic club, Plateau United.
The former Shooting Stars and Enyimba striker will replace Tosin Omoleye who left the club for the Aba Elephants.
Adetunji will add quality to Plateau United’s attack, who are expected to help Plateau United challenge for the league and Champions League title next season.
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