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Back from Ethiopian prison, ex-convict arrested with cocaine at airport+photos

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. As NDLEA intercepts 26,600 bottles of Akuskura in Kano, arrests producer; seizes 18 pump action guns, 2,300 cartridges in Kogi

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested an ex-convict, Onyeka Charles Madukolu at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos for importing 5.90 kilograms of cocaine concealed in cans of deodorants and ladies’ lip gloss into Nigeria.
Onyeka who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Ethiopia for drug trafficking offences and released from prison in 2020, was again arrested on Friday 16th September 2022 at the Lagos airport on his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
A search of his luggage revealed he had concealed 5.90kg cocaine inside cans of deodorants and female lip gloss. During preliminary interview, he claimed to have gone into the drug business to raise fresh capital to start a legitimate business after his release from Ethiopian prison in 2020.
The father of two kids, one each from a Nigerian woman and a Brazilian lady, said he was into motor spare parts business before going into the criminal trade. The 44-year-old indigene of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State said he was expecting to be paid N2million on successful delivery of the illicit drug in Nigeria.
In the same vein, NDLEA operatives had on Tuesday 13th Sept. intercepted another trafficker, Chukwu Kingsley on his way to Rome, Italy on an Asky Airline flight. A search of his luggage shows he had concealed among food condiments 11,460 tablets of tramadol 225mg with a gross weight of 5.7kg and 39 bottles of codeine syrup. The 49-year-old suspect is a known haulage agent who hails from Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Also at the Lagos airport, a freight agent, Lawal Adeyemi was arrested same day for attempting to export some sachets of lexotan among other non-controlled drugs to Liberia, while operatives equally seized 593.90 kilograms of khat leaf at the NAHCO import shed of the airport on Thursday 15th Sept. after a joint examination of the cargo by a combined team of security agencies.
Meanwhile, a notable producer of new psychoactive substance, popularly called Akuskura, Qasim Ademola has been arrested by anti-narcotic officers who intercepted 26, 600 bottles of the illicit substance meant for distribution across Northern states. The consignment was seized on Thursday 15th Sept. along Zaria-Kano road, Gadar Tamburawa, Kano while the 39-year-old proprietor from Akinyele LGA, Oyo state and three of his distributors were arrested in follow up operations.
In Kogi state, operatives on patrol along Okene-Abuja expressway on Saturday 17th Sept. intercepted a J5 vehicle coming from Onitsha enroute Kaduna-Zaria with 18 pieces of pump action rifles and 1,300 cartridges, while the two suspects conveying the arms and ammunition, Chukwudi Aronu, 51, and Shuaibu Gambo, 23, were arrested. Another suspect, Anthony Agada, 37, conveying 1,000 cartridges, was equally nabbed in a bus coming from Onitsha to Abuja same day, while 1,404 bottles of codeine syrup and 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection were seized from another vehicle coming from Onitsha enroute Sokoto, with the receiver, Stanley Raymond, 39, and the sender, Shadrack Ifediora, 46, arrested in follow up operations in Sokoto and Anambra respectively.
In Kaduna, a drug dealer, Mohammed Mustapha Dalhatu a.k.a Dawa, was arrested at Sabon Gari Zaria with eight bags of cannabis sativa weighing 67kg, and another, Maikudi Hassan, arrested at Gubuci village of Ikara LGA with five bags of cannabis weighing 54.2kg. On Thursday 15th Sept, operatives also arrested Mary Ugwu and Hawwa Idi, at Anchau town, Kubau LGA with 721 ampoules of pentazocine injection; 37,000 tablets of exol-5 and nine ampoules of diazepam injection as well as 6.8kg of rubber solution.
In Edo, operatives recovered 285kg cannabis in two raids at Okpuje, Owan West LGA, on Friday 16th Sept, while in Lagos, 972.5kg of the same substance was recovered from an electronic shop at Alaba Int’l market and one of the suspects, Mrs. Ebere Aja, 38, arrested. No less than 335.1kg of cannabis was also seized in a raid at Kwanar Kundum area of Bauchi town, with two suspects: Usman Garba and Najib Ibrahim, arrested.
While directing the Kogi state command to immediately hand over the arms and ammunition seized to the police for further investigation, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the command as well as their counterparts in MMIA, Kano, Kaduna, Edo, Lagos, and Bauchi, for their vigilance and resilience. He charged them and others across the country to remain focussed as they daily discharge their responsibilities.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Sunday 18th September 2022

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UNCOVERED: Why EFCC Sealed Oborevwori’s Hotel In Osubi Exposed

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Men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have sealed a multi-billion naira hotel in Osubi, Okpe local government area of Delta State.

Investigation revealed that the hotel is said to belong to the embattled governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Sheriff Oborevwori.

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The hotel, which is still under construction is being investigated for alleged financial fraud.

The commission is yet to issue any official statement with regards to the development.

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The rattled PDP gubernatorial candidate has been dragged to court over discrepancies uncovered in the certificates he submitted with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2023 general election

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Soldiers nab two Boko Haram suspects trying to cash N14m in a bank

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Two suspected Boko Haram collaborators arrested in Kaduna while attempting to withdraw N14m deposited into account of terrorist financier

The Nigerian military has arrested two suspected terrorist collaborators at a new generation bank in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

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The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, made this known during the bi-weekly media briefing on military operations across the country held at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, September 22.

According to Danmadami, the suspects were arrested by troops of operation Hadin Kai while they were attempting to withdraw the sum of N14m deposited into the account of a suspected terrorist financier identified as Alhaji Abubakar.

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“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI have continued to intensify offensive actions against terrorists and other criminal elements in their operational environment,” he stated.

“On 15 September 2022, troops arrested 2 suspected terrorists collaborators at bank in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State while trying to withdraw the sum of Fourteen Million Naira (14,000,000.00) deposited into the account of one Alhaji Abubakar, a suspected terrorist financier.”

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Tension As Undergraduate Kills Both Parents, Leaves Decomposing Corpse In Room

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An unnamed man, said to be an undergraduate of a university within Anambra State has allegedly killed his father and mother.

The incident happened in Nnewi, Anambra State, and the already decomposing corpses were found in their room on Thursday night.

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A source said the corpses were discovered by neighbours, who started perceiving offensive smell, before discovering the decomposing bodies of the man and his wife, who were said to have been killed by their only son.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police command said it has launched a manhunt for the man.

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Spokesperson of the command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga said: “The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng described the discovery of the already decomposing dead bodies in an apartment in Nnewi on 22/9/2022 at about 5:20pm with machete cuts, as act of man’s inhumanity to man.

“He has ordered immediate manhunt of the suspect. He further directs immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal investigation department for discreet investigation.”

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Meanwhile, the decomposing bodies have been recovered and deposited in the morgue.

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