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Hoodlums attack NAFDAC officials in Abuja

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Some hoodlums on Monday attacked officials of NAFDAC who were on enforcement operation against substandard drugs in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the officials were attacked by the hoodlums during a raid at Area 1 motor park.

The hoodlums harassed the enforcement officers, including mobile policemen, and stoned the Agency’s vehicle, breaking its windscreen.

It took the effort of police officers, who shot into the air several times, and released teargas to disperse the hoodlums before journalists and the NAFDAC officers could scamper for safety.

The team leader, Mr Umar-Ahmed Suleiman, an Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said the raid followed intelligence received by the Agency of high volume of substandard drugs in the park.

“This exercise that we just conducted today at Area 1 motor park is as a result of an intelligence report received from DSS in 2023, although we have done some part of it then, we are trying to conclude the operation.

“You can see a lot of drug hawkers relaxed selling their products and people patronising them, that was why we raided the place.

“What happened is a normal thing to us in the investigation and enforcement unit of NAFDAC.

“That is why anytime we are going, we go with our armed mobile police officers, and Investigative Police Officers in case of any arrest.

“On our arrival here today, we swung into action but to my surprise, we have not even done half of the work, when the drug hawkers all absconded, not knowing that they were re-enforcing against NAFDAC.

“They came back in full force, attacking us, you can see our vehicle how they broke the glass, throwing stones on us.

“Thank God for the gunshot and teargas released on them and we had to leave the scene,” he said.

Suleiman, however, said that the enforcement unit would reinforce, prepare more, do the needful.

He said in spite of the attack, the enforcement team was able to seize some controlled drugs including Rohypnol, Dizapam, Tramadol 500mg, Tramadol 225mg, Cocodamol and so many other afrodisiac with some codeine syrups.

According to him, the value of the drug seized is more than N5 million.

“Area 1 motor park is a troublesome area for substandard drug sales and the enforcement unit will be going back there to complete the operation,” he said.

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Police probe alleged killing of Inspector by ‘Naval officers’

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The Police Command in Lagos State has begun investigation into the alleged killing of an Inspector by some Naval officers at Okokomaiko area of Ojo.

The Spokesperson for the command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.

Hundeyin said a report on the incident was received at the Okokomaiko police station about 4.30 p.m. on Saturday from the public.

He said the report indicated that some policemen, who were on routine patrol along Igbo-Elerin, tried to impound a motorcycle riding against traffic at the Beno Filling Station.

The spokesperson said two men on the motorcycle in mufti, who claimed to be Naval officers, resisted arrest and attacked the policemen.

“Other Naval personnel in uniform arrived at the scene and supported their colleagues in the attack.

“It was when one Inspector (name not given) slumped and was unconscious, that the Naval personnel escaped from the scene.

“The inspector was rescued and rushed to a hospital in the area, where he was confirmed dead.

“The body has been deposited at the Idi-Araba Mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy, while investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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Bandits kidnap Catholic priest in Zamfara

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Suspected bandits have kidnapped the parish priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

The Acting Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Very. Revd. Fr. Nuhu Iliya, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday.

“With sadness in our hearts, we write to inform the general public of the kidnap of one of our priests, Revd. Fr. Mikah Suleiman.

“This sad event occurred in the early hours of today, Saturday, 22nd June 2024 in the Father’s rectory. Fr Mikah is the Parish Priest of St. Raymond Catholic Church Damba, Gusau, Zamfara State,” the statement said.

The statement urged Christians and all men and women of goodwill to earnestly pray for the quick and safe release of the protest.

The spokesperson of Zamfara State Police Command, Yazid Abubakar, said in a statement that Father Mikah was kidnapped around 3:00 am on Saturday at his residence in the Damba area of Gusau.

He added that the Command had deployed a Police tactical squad to the trail of the kidnappers, in a bid to rescue the priest.

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Police arrest six armed robbery, one-chance suspects, recover weapons

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No fewer than six “one chance” operators have been arrested by operatives from the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

In Nigerian parlance, “one chance” is a form of robbery in which criminals disguised as commercial motorists dispossess people who board the vehicles of their belongings and push them out afterward.

According to a statement on Saturday by the FCT Command spokesperson, Josephine Adele, the suspects arrested were Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman, and Ibrahim Kasa.

The statement partly read, “The operatives of the police command attached to Utako divisional headquarters, on June 16, 2024, acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six armed robbery suspects: Abubakar Adams, Ismail Salisu, Yusuf Bello, Nasiru Saidi, Sani Usman and Ibrahim Kasa.

“They specialise in attacking unsuspecting residents who board their vehicle or tricycle, robbing them of their valuables and pushing them off the moving vehicle or tricycle.”

Adeh added that their arrest was a result of complaints from victims, adding that cutlasses and knives, among others, were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects were apprehended on the heels of complaints received from multiple victims of these atrocious acts, some of whom reported losing their mobile phones, money, gadgets, and other belongings to these criminal individuals who have since confessed to the crime.

“Light weapons such as cutlasses, knives, and a phone believed to have been stolen from a victim were recovered from them,” she added.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, reaffirmed the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all and sundry.

“He also urged the populace to be vigilant and take advantage of the police emergency lines in reporting suspicious activities through,” the statement said.

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