The National drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 64-years old widow, Mrs. Afolayan Elizabeth Adeniyo for purportedly ingesting 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.060 kilograms.
The suspect, Mrs. Adeniyo who resides in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, while trying to board a Liberian flight to Paris.
In a statement signed by NDLEA Head of Public affairs, Mr. Mitchell Otoyeju, said the mother of six claimed she needed money to pay for her children’s school fees.
The statement further read that “I lost my husband 10 years ago and I have six children. A lady that used to give me money and food is the one that led me into the drug business. She wanted to take my daughters abroad for prostitution, but I refused. I wanted them to be educated, because I did not go to school.
She took me to Benin where I swallowed 60 bitter cola. She then gave me N10,000:00. After that, she gave me drugs to swallow and took me in her car to Lagos Airport. She promised to pay me 3,000 Euros out of which she gave me 1,000 Euros”, the suspect narrated.
Another mother of four, Mrs. Omolara Owolabi Agbeke, who claims to be a sachet water hawker at Mushin, was arrested on her way to London on Arik air.
According to the agency, the suspect confessed to have ingested 100 wraps of illicit drugs, adding that she was promised money for the act.
“I am married with four children I have been selling sachet water at Mushin market for the past six years. I needed money to take care of my children because I am tired of selling water. I did not tell my husband because I know he will not agree to it. I collected the drug at Mushin Market, took it home and swallowed it in my home when the children were not at home”, Omolara said.
Another suspect, Udide Afam Okwudili was nabbed last month allegedly trying to board a KLM flight to Amsterdam. The auto parts dealer who has a shop at Sadiku Street, Lagos was said to have ingested 85 pieces of cocaine weighing 1.625kg.
“I was taken to a hotel at Kirikiri where they brought 100 pieces of the drugs in an empty pack of Nescafe but I was able to ingest only 85. They gave me 1,200 Euros out of the 3,000 Euros they promised to pay me. I did it because my father’s burial comes up in January next year and I am the first son”, he said.
Chukwukelu Ebuka Peter, a street hawker in Brazil was also nabbed last month during inward screening of South Africa Airline passengers from Brazil.
He was alleged to have swallowed 63 pieces of cocaine and was to be paid half a million naira. Okwara Festus, who ingested 87 wraps of cocaine was also arrested while returning from Brazil. He was to be paid half a million naira.
Another suspect, Aganana Elechukwu was on his way to Austerdam last month when he was caught by officials of NDLEA at the airport where he allegedly excreted 34 pieces of cocaine weighing 655 grams. While Nwachukwu Aloysius, Nnamdi, who lives in Spain was also caught with 86 pieces of drugs on their way to Madrid and Spain respectively.
The suspects according to the NDLEA will soon be charged to court.
Fashola Faults ‘Coat Of Arms’ Display On National Flag
Former Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has cautioned Nigerians from inscribing the coat of arms on the national flag, saying doing so is a misuse of the national colours.
Fashola said this on Monday, during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Empowering Tomorrow: A New Vision for Nigeria, a special programme on the 63rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence celebrated annually on October 1.
“Just this afternoon, I was asked to hoist a flag of Nigeria. By the time the flag unfurled, I saw that there was a coat of arms in the middle and I whispered to my host that ‘this is not the flag of Nigeria’. Nigeria’s flag does not have a coat of arms in the middle. It is green, white, and green”, Fashola said.
The former minister also said that Nigerians should pay attention to “some of the small things that matter”, adding that national symbols are to be rendered during recognised events for the country at large.
“When I was in primary school, these were the symbolisms of those Independence Day parades, Children’s Day parades, and this was how we were taught to stand up or maintain our position whenever we heard Nigeria’s national anthem being rendered,” Fashola said.
“You sit today and you shudder in your skin what happens today, what people have been taught when the national anthem is rendered”, he added.
The former governor of Lagos also spoke out against the rendition of the national anthem “at every little event”, including when the president appears at a social event, saying it is to be sung as the symbol of the country’s sovereignty.
“I have had cause to ask people not to sing the anthem for me, either as governor or minister, because I’m not a sovereign. It’s a projection of our minds,” he said.
“These are, for me, the important things to talk about and that’s why I say this anniversary provides an opportunity for reflection and, indeed, inflection”, Fashola added.
NCDC Records 1,968 Lassa Fever Cases In 28 States
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has registered 1,068 Lassa fever infections across 112 local government areas in 28 states of the federation.
The NCDC said this yesterday, via its official website in its Lassa Fever Situation Report for Week 37 (September 11 -17, 2023).
The centre indicated that 75 percent of the cases were detected in Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states.
Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. It is primarily found in West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.
The virus is transmitted to humans through contact with the urine or feces of infected rodents, specifically the multimammate rat.
According to the NCDC, there are currently 7,352 individuals with suspected cases and the infection has resulted in the unfortunate loss of at least 181 lives in the country.
The centre said that the case-fatality ratio of the infection stood at 16.9 percent.
“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 37, 2023, 181 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 16.9 percent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (19.1 percent).
“In total for 2023, 28 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 112 local government areas.
“Seventy-five percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from these three states (Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi) while 25 percent were reported from 25 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.
“Of the 75 percent confirmed cases, Ondo reported 35 percent, Edo 29 percent, and Bauchi 11 percent.
“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 93 years, Median Age: 32 years).
“The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.9. The number of suspected cases increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2022,” it said.
It said that in 2023, Lassa fever infected 49 healthcare workers across the country.
The agency said that the National Lassa Fever Multi-partner, Multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to coordinate the response activities at all levels.
It added that prevention of Lassa fever involves avoiding contact with rodents and their droppings, practising good personal hygiene and taking precautions when caring for infected individuals.
The NCDC said that early diagnosis and prompt medical care are crucial in managing the disease and preventing complications.
Army Orders Investigation Into Allegation Of Troops’ Poor Feeding
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has ordered an investigation into an allegation of poor feeding of frontline troops in the North East Theatre of Operations.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement in Abuja, yesterday.
Nwachukwu said that the welfare of troops had been given premium by the present leadership of the Nigerian Army and was one of the vital pillars of the COAS Command Philosophy targeted at motivating the Force.
“The Nigerian army therefore takes these allegations very seriously and COAS has directed immediate investigation into the complaints to ascertain its veracity and unravel the circumstances,” the army spokesman said.
Nwachukwu assured the public and all army personnel that a thorough investigation would be conducted to get to the bottom of the claims.
He said the Nigerian army had always prioritised the welfare of troops, including their nutrition, adding that it has a comprehensive feeding system for troops, especially those serving at the frontline.
“We, however, acknowledge that there may be isolated incidents where lapses occur, and we are determined to squarely address them.
“An internal investigation has already been initiated to ascertain the truth behind these allegations.
“We will thoroughly examine the supply chain, the quality of food provided, and any other factors that may have contributed to this situation,” he said.
Nwachukwu stressed that the Nigerian army remained committed to transparency and accountability, and would not condone any form of negligence or misconduct.
“If any culpability is detected, it will attract appropriate disciplinary action and immediate corrective measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future,” he assured.
Nwachukwu called on Army personnel to report any grievances or concerns they might have regarding their feeding arrangements through the established channels for feedback, assuring that prompt action would be taken to address any legitimate complaints.
He said that the Army would continue to be resolute in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges, and would ensure that its soldiers were provided with the necessary support and care to carry out their duties effectively.
“We are committed to ensuring that our troops are well-fed, motivated, and equipped to defend our nation,” he added.
Sports3 days ago
Youths Advised To Take To Sporting Activities
Sports3 days ago
Bakery Worker Secures Gold For Anambra In Asaba
Business10 hours ago
FG Donates Foods, Agricultural Inputs To IDPs In FCT
News3 days ago
Keep Hope Alive, Envoy Urges Nigerians In US
Rivers11 hours ago
Kalabari Kingdom Inaugurates Committees For Late Monarch’s Burial
Niger Delta3 days ago
Oil Theft: Navy Hands Over Two Oil Thieves To NSCDC In Delta
Business3 days ago
FG, States, LGs Share N1.1trn August Revenue
Editorial11 hours ago
That FG’s Directive On Passport Production