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NDLEA Arrests 41 Drug Suspects, Secures Seven Convictions Within Two Months In Benue

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), Benue State Command, has, said it arrested  41 suspected drug offenders and secured seven convictions between  March to April 2024  in the State.

The command also seized 0.

187kg of psychotic substances(tramadol), 0.055 kg of Glutathione and 16 litres of monkey tails and carried out 24 sensitisation programmes referred to WADA- War Against Drugs Abuse at different locations in the State.

The NDLEA State  Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Philimon Saror who disclosed this to newsmen at the command’s  headquarters in Makurdi, Wednesday, lamented that the demand for illicit drug consumption in the State is still very high, hence the sensitisation lectures.

According to him, the increase in demand for illicit substances in the State was as a result of younger ones joining the quene of drug consumption everyday, assuring that, the command will not relent on its duty but  continue to do their very best to suppress the situation to a very minimal level.

Giving the break down of arrests and seizure in the period under review, Mr. Saror explained that, in the Month of March 2024, the command  arrested five male and one female suspects, totally six in numbers, with a seizure of  0.187kg of tramadol while two convictions were secured . 

“We did sensitisation programme in Mbayior  Secondary School Gboko, did another with the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards and BENSACA as well as Katsina-Ala LGC secretariat for the staff. Some of the sensitisation programmes were done in Wadata, North bank area of Makurdi and  Otukpo within the Month of March.

“All these sensitisation lectures involved youth corps members and officers that worked with drugs demand reduction. They are the ones that goes out for these sensitisation programmes.

“For the month of April 2024, we have seizure in this manner; 31 males, four females, totally 35. We also seized 0.055 kg of Glutathione and 16 litres of monkey tails.

“We have five convictions, filed another seven new cases. Under the Drugs Demand Reduction(DDR), we have 13 interventions,  those arrested and counseled by the DDR officers and released.

“We carried out other activities at Dangote group of companies and NYSC orientation camp, Wannune in Tarka LGA. Another sensitisation programme was held at the centre for entrepreneurship studies,College of Education Katsina-Ala.

“We did another sensitisation lecture with the executive members of the Nigerian Youth Council, Benue State. We also did another one at NKST Hospital Makar Gboko for people living with HIV/AIDS”, Saror stated.

He further  disclosed that the command has also rehabilitated quite number of people who were caught in the act of drug abuse.

“Right now, we have some of them in our facility who are undergoing rehabilitations. It is my advice that members of the society should stay off illicit drug while parents should monitor their children closely.

” I know that it is not easy to monitor kids these days, more also that many families are also hungry. While they are out there looking for what eat, the children are out there doing what they knows how to do best. At the end of the day, parents don’t bothered  what their children do outside. 

“Therefore, my candid advice is that people should stay off drugs, whether you are taking it or selling it because one day the law would catch up with you.

He commended the chairman of NLDEA Brigadier General  Buba Marwa(retd) for recruiting up to 10,000 personnel, saying the Benue command can now boost of adequate manpower compare to what it used to be in the past.

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Rivers Assembly Screens, Confirms Eight Commissioner Designates

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The Victor Oko-Jumbo-led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Tuesday screened and confirmed eight nominees for possible appointment as commissioners in the state.

Reports says that the screening took place at the temporary legislative chambers located within the state Government House.

The Oko-Jumbo-led three-member legislature is loyal to the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

The commissioner designates are to fill some of the vacancies created by the recent resignation of nine commissioners loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike.

During the sitting, Oko-Jumbo read the correspondence from the governor, requesting the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He expressed the assembly’s commitment towards supporting the governor to provide democracy dividends to Rivers people.

The factional speaker said that the screening was part of the assembly’s responsibility in the governance of the state

Responding, the House Leader, Mr Sokari Good-boy and Deputy Speaker, Adolphus Timothy, unanimously adopted the request.

They said that most of the nominees had previously served the state at various capacities without blemish.

The commissioner designates include, Mr Charles Bakee, Mr Collins Onunwo, Dr Peter Medee and Mr Elloka Amadi,

Others are, Mr Basoene Benibo, Mr Sydney Gbara, Dr Ovy Chukwuma and Mr Solomon Eke.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Defrauding Thai Citizen of $216,000, N30m

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Police in Lagos State have arrested a suspect, Chimereze Chinedu, for allegedly defrauding a citizen of Thailand of $216,000 (₦317,725,271) and N30 million.

Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a post he shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle @benHundeyin on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID).

“Chinedu defrauded his victim under the pretense of selling 37 tricycles to her.

“He further expanded his fraudulent activity by forging letters of SCID, Lagos, showing that the tricycles were seized by the police and further extorted N30 million from the victim to purportedly secure the release of the tricycles,” he said.

The image maker said that the suspect was arrested on May 10 in Enugu State following weeks of diligent investigation and technical support from the International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL)

The spokesman said that the suspect was currently in detention, as investigations continued to uncover details towards identifying and apprehending his accomplices.

According to Hundeyin, the Lagos State Command remains steadfast in its commitment to combating internet fraud and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. (NAN)

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Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers not Proven Effective, Says UNODC

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the move by the Nigerian Senate to impose death penalty for drug trafficking offenders would not yield the desired result.

UNODC Country Representative, Oliver Stolpe, said this at a two-day Media Personnel Training organised in collaboration with NDLEA and other partners on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that the training is centered on Anti -Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime and Sensitisation on Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Care, (DPTC).

“Our stance as UN is clear on the death penalty we are principally and categorically against it. And from a very practical viewpoint, I have to say, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stolpe maintained that the UN had always advocated for clear distinction between crimes of drug trafficking as opposed to the issue of drug use.

He said that it was always considered primarily to be a health issue saying that it should be dealt with as such.

According to him, addiction is a health condition, it is not a choice.”

On the need for an updated drug data for Nigerians, Stolpe observed that the current national drug survey for Nigeria was last done six years ago, (2018), and therefore does not reflect the current situation for Nigeria.

He said “the drug use survey of 2018 remains as far as I can tell the most cited study in the media.

“This data is outdated and I think a very critical question that media could ask at that point is really well, how can we still refer to 2018 data to describe today’s levels of drug use?

Stolpe enjoined the media to keep the good work while ensuring that information were disseminated efficiently and effectively. NAN)

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