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NDLEA Nabs Human Trafficker For Recruiting Orphan To Export Drug To Dubai

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The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have foiled an attempt by an alleged human trafficker, Mathew Bassey, to export illicit drug to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos State.
Bassey was arrested by the NDLEA operatives after inserting the illicit drug in the luggage of an orphan, Ms. Peter Gift Eno, who was recruited for a phantom job in UAE.
The 29-year-old man, who hails from Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was arrested, on Wednesday, July 6, following the interception of Eno at the departure hall of the Lagos airport.
This was made known in a statement made available to newsmen, yesterday, by the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi.
Babafemi stated that when Eno’s luggage was searched, 50 parcels of cannabis (2.80kg) concealed in food items were discovered, while there were discrepancies between the age she declared and the date of birth on her international passport.
“Further interview reveals that the human trafficker who recruited and brought her to the airport, Mathew Bassey was still lurking around the airport, waiting for her departure. He was promptly tracked and arrested.
“Investigations showed that the victim, who hails from the same Oron LGA of Akwa Ibom State like Bassey, recently lost her mother and as a result, made it easy for Bassey to recruit her with the promise of securing her a job in Dubai, UAE.
“It was further discovered that the recruiter leveraged on the victim’s naivety and planted drugs in her bag for onward delivery to his contact in Dubai,” the NDLEA spokesman noted.
Similarly, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a drug trafficker, Aloysius Ajuruchukwu Onyekwe, popularly known as Kelvin, who allegedly attempted to travel by road to Algeria through Sokoto State with ingested 47 wraps of cocaine in his stomach.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen, yesterday, by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi.
Babafemi stated that Onyekwe was arrested in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital following intelligence shared by the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to him, the 26-year-old man, who hails from Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, was arrested on Sunday, July 3, at Ojo Park in Ibadan where he went to board a vehicle enroute Sokoto to Algeria.
The NDLEA spokesperson noted that Onyekwe was travelling with an 18-year-old lady, Blessing Nwoke.
“The father of a 10-month-old child who passed out the 47 pellets of cocaine in five excretions confessed that he began his journey to Algeria from Cele area of Okota, Lagos, where he ingested the illicit drug, weighing 1.1kg,” he disclosed.
Babafemi added that no fewer than 1,900 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized from a drug dealer, Mustapha Ijabula, 22, who was arrested in a Yola-bound commercial vehicle stopped for routine search along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He stated that the suspect hails from the Mubi area of Adamawa State.
“In Akwa Ibom State, a trans-border trafficker, Fonkou Dassi, 31, was on Friday, July 8, arrested with 6,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg weighing 3kg by officers of Marine Unit of the agency when a commercial boat he boarded was intercepted and searched on his way to Cameroon. The suspect concealed the recovered drugs inside Indomie noodles cartoon,” he noted.
Babafemi further stated that a wanted drug dealer, Uduak Edidiong Samuel, aged 29, was arrested on Tuesday, July 5, after attending a court proceeding where his wife was undergoing trial for another drug case.
“The suspect had abandoned a cannabis sativa exhibit weighing 9kg when his house was searched on June 27, and has been on the run since then. During his arrest on Tuesday, Uduak was still found in possession of a wrap of skunk.
“In Edo State, a notorious drug dealer, Beauty Dauda, 27, has been arrested with various quantities of Meth, heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine in a densely populated slum along Lagos bypass, Benin City.
“She was arrested on Wednesday, July 6, after NDLEA operatives were able to break through the ring of protection often provided her by hoodlums and touts in the area,” the anti-narcotic agency spokesman added.
Speaking, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), commended the anti-drug officers for staying vigilant and proactive in their areas of responsibility.
Marwa further urged them and their colleagues across the country not to rest on their oars

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RSNC GM Tasks Medical Practitioners On Emerging Pandemics

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The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Publishers of The Tide Newspaper, Chief Ernest Chinwo, has called on medical practitioners in the country to assist the government find workable solution to the array of emerging pandemics, including COVID-19, Lassa fever and monkeypox currently ravaging the country.
Chinwo said this in his office during a courtesy call by organisers of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit 2022.
Represented by the Acting Chairman of Editorial Board and Supervising Editor, Mr Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager also stressed the need for the health professionals to come up with private sector-driven health insurance scheme for the country.
He said that it also behoves on them to pool resources together with a view to building mega hospitals in the country to stem the tide of medical tourism abroad while at the same time curbing brain drain.
The general manager also tasked them to check the incidence of quackery in the medical profession.
Chinwo commended them for the proposed summit, assuring of the cooperation and support of the corporation, especially in providing adequate coverage to their activities.
He said the corporation, since inception has been on the forefront in publicising health issues, stressing that it was against this background that a page was dedicated in The Tide newspaper for health, and called for medical experts to contribute to the robustness of content on the page.
He further noted that beside newspaper publishing, the corporation also does all kinds of commercial printing jobs, and solicited patronage from the health professionals.
Earlier, Secretary General of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit, Dr. Joseph Olawuyi, said the summit with the theme “Repositioning HealthCare services in Rivers state” earlier proposed for the 22 to 26 of August 2022 was moved to October 2022 to ensure mass participation by both government and non-governmental organisations.
Olawuyi said the summit which is being put together by private medical practitioners in partnership with government aims at refocusing the health sector for quality service in the state.
He said a lot of people both within and outside the country have started registering for the summit.
According to him the event will also be used to train health practitioner’s on biomedical engineering as well as encourage the utilization of abundant medical equipment by practitioners.
He urged for a health bank in the country to create access to soft loans by health practitioners.
Olawuyi said the event which will be declared open by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be attended by people from all walks of life including members of the armed forces amongst others.

By: John Bibor & Oreoluwa Adigun

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FG Spends N18.69bn Daily On Subsidy, Minister Confirms

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The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria spends N18.69billion daily on petroleum subsidies.
She stated this, yesterday, when she appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil subsidies.
The minister claimed Nigeria consumes 64million litres per day, and that the figure could have been influenced by smuggling.
Ahmed said the executive is also concerned about the increment in daily consumption.
She noted that some of the products are being smuggled outside the country, adding that during COVID-19 locked down, daily consumption dropped significantly.
She stated that the president alone cannot take the decision on removing subsidy, insisting that there must be a multi-stakeholder approach, including all political parties, who must sit to make the decision.
The minister disclosed that the landing cost of petroleum is N448 per litre and that the NNPC takes care of the rest through under recovery.
She further said the Federal Executive Council has also expressed worry about the figure presented by the NNPC, adding that as the Minister of Finance, she has no access to the bank statement of the NNPC.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, questioned the figure provided by the minister.
Aliyu said even during the COVID19 locked down, Nigeria was still consuming high volume, which according to him was not logical.
He claimed the daily petroleum consumption was about 32million litres.
But the minister responded that she is not sure whether daily consumption has doubled and not also sure if the total number of vehicles in the country has doubled in the past 10 years.

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Over 20 Countries Arrive Abuja For 2022 INAC

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The 2022 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), themed “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, was, yesterday, declared open in Abuja, by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The 15th edition of the Expo holding at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels & Towers has in attendance no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in Nigeria.
Some of the countries already on ground include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Syria, India, Philippines, China, Iran, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Malaysia, Benin Republic, Sudan, Lebanon, South Korea and Tanzania.
States in Nigeria that have arrived Abuja for the annual international event are Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, FTC, Kaduna and Katsina.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Runsewe said the aim of the expo is to better project Nigerian crafts to various countries of the world given that our stories are better told by us. It is also to promote cultural exchange programmes and improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama, etc.
The expo, as usual, is expected to amongst other items, feature skill acquisition trainings for young people, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documentaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and culture.
Runsewe said: “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be. We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youths in our crafts for revenue generation.”
The 2022 expo holds from August 18 to 20, 2022.

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