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NDLEA Arrests Man With 69.65kg Illicit Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested a major drug dealer wanted for attempting to export 69.65 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and cannabis to the United Kingdom.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this yesterday in a statement in Abuja.
Babafemi said the drugs were to be exported through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) export shed of the MurtalaMuhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos.
He said the suspect was arrested at a church in Ojodu, Ikeja area of Lagos state, adding that operatives of NDLEA had been trailing the wanted drug dealer.
He also said the suspect, Mr Stephen Ikeanyionwu, on Sunday, Aug. 15, was traced to a popular pentecostal church at Mike Ajari street, Ojodu Berger.
He added that it was there the operatives arrested him after he stepped out of the church service.
According to him, his arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs weighing 69.65kg going to the UK through the Lagos airport on August 12.
“The illegal baggage had been sent to the airport for export through a freight forwarding company, which in turn gave a driver to deliver at the NAHCO export shed.
“Following the arrest of the driver, follow up operations and investigations later revealed the true identity of the actual owner of the consignment who was arrested three days later in a sting operation,” he said.
Babafemi said NDLEA operatives also arrested an Italy-bound passenger, AbibuMiminu, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy via Addis-Ababa for ingesting illicit drugs at Lagos airport.
“While under observation at the agency’s facility between Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday Aug. 15, the trafficker excreted 68 wraps of heroin in three excretions, all weighing 800grams,” he said.
In the same vein, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation have intercepted illicit drugs at two courier companies in Lagos.
Babafemi said 840 grams of Methamphetamine going to Australia and concealed in bolts and 340 grams of Meth hidden in locally made footwears, also going to Australia were intercepted.
He added that one kilogram of cocaine coming from Ghana with UK as destination and concealed in four local guitars was also intercepted.
“Also seized from one of the courier firms is another 480grams of Meth concealed in foot wears and going to Australia,” he said.
Meanwhile, a South Africa returnee, Obi Samuel, was also arrested at the Lagos airport during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis-Abbaba, for importing 58grams of skunk into Nigeria.
Babafemi said the suspect admitted ownership and claimed to be a cannabis smoker during his preliminary interview.

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Group Applauds MOSOP Over Stance On Oil Production In Ogoniland

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The Coalition of Supporters of Democracy and Good Governance, has commended the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People(MOSOP) for maintaining its stance on not allowing the resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland in Rivers State, and applauded the President of the body, Prof Wai Anda Ogosu for his rigid and uncompromising position on the matter despite deluge of pressures from different quarters.
The group, which made the commendation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by its Coordinator and leader, Comrade Gashon Bob Achor, said MOSOP under the leadership of Prof Ogosu has continued to show the Ogoni people a sense of purpose and direction.
According to the group, the insistence by the MOSOP President that there would be no resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland until the complete clean-up of the polluted environment is highly commendable.
Achor also noted that the demand for the exoneration of the slain Ogoni 9, including renowned environmentalist, Kenule Saro-Wiwa is a right step in the right direction, which is supposed to be acceded to and granted by the Federal Government.
This, when granted, he said is capable of bringing the Ogoni people back to the discussion table for the resumption of oil and gas production in the area.
The leader of the group, therefore, called on the Ogoni people to take advantage of the quality leadership Prof Ogosu is providing to unite against those he described as environmental polluters and political buccaneers who do not have the interest of the people at heart.
Achor also indicated that the MOSOP President, who is a Professor of Environment has always advocated against further degradation of the Ogoni environment and that of the Niger Delta, and enjoined the people to continue to support and rally round him.
He said Prof Ogosu has always called on political gladiators in Rivers State to sheathe their swords in order to pave way for the development of the State, and commended him for his conciliatory and peaceful disposition.

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Elder Statesman Tasks Abah Ogwuile House On Unity, Peace

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Descendants of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage of Obolo in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have been urged to be vanguards of peace in the local government area and the entire Obolo nation.
Newly elected President of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage, a socio-cultural organisation in Andoni Local Government Area, Sir Clifford Njah said this shortly after his election as the new president of the lineage.
He said it beholves on them to preach peace and unity in the Obolo nation as without peace there cannot be development.
According to him,all hands must be on deck to take the lineage to an enviable height, noting that unity is needed if the lineage and Obolo nation must move forward.
He also promised an inclusive leadership as far as the lineage is concerned.
Among those elected are Sir Clifford Njah, President; and Apostle Fyneface Ayayi,  Vice President.
The rest are Hon  Mbaba Charles Mbaba,  Secretary; Chief John A Nteogwuile, Treasurer; and Chief Enereujama Cletus Nkpan  Akong, Publicity Secretary.

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Police Uncover Fake Sachet Water Company In Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has busted a fake sachet water-producing company at Oluwole Market in the Apapa area of the state.
The suspects were said to be fraudulently using another company’s brand name to sell their products.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this in a post on his X.com handle said the perpetrators also duplicated the NAFDAC number of the company.
Hundeyin noted that their activities were discovered after a tip-off by residents in the community.
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He wrote, “Thank you, Lagosians, for giving us information and safeguarding the health of others.
“These suspects fraudulently used the brand name and NAFDAC number of another sachet water producing company to produce their sachet water inside Oluwole Market, Apapa.”
In the video attached to the post, one of the suspects caught on duty was seen conducting a team of policemen around the facility where they operated.
The suspect also showed them some of the bags of sachet water stored in the refrigerator, opening about three while the officers inspected.
A heap of other bags of sachet water was also seen stored in a separate room in the facility in the video. The suspect went further to operate the machine used in producing them on the instructions of the officers present.

Meanwhile, Hundeyin who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Monday about the discovery said the security operatives invaded the company on Friday, July 19.

According to him, only one worker was found in the building while the owner of the facility absconded.

“The facility was raided on July 9 and only was suspect was arrested in the process. The owner is now at large and efforts are ongoing to apprehend him. The suspect is in our custody and helping with investigations.”

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