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Nigerian arrested for drug trafficking in India

Written by Maritime First

…As 3 killed in Malaysia shopping mall explosion***

A Nigerian, Olamilekan Suleiman, has been arrested by the Indian police after illicit drugs were found on him.

According to a report published by The Times of India on Monday, the Bund Garden police nabbed Mr Suleiman, a resident of Naigaon in Mumbai.

In a statement by the police, a team comprising an inspector, Sunil Zavare, assistant inspector, Samdeep Jamdade and sub-inspector, Atul Thombre said it saw Mr Suleiman suspiciously loitering around the area. He was confronted and failed to give convincing answers.

The police then frisked him and seized cocaine and crystal meth worth Rs1.28 lakh.

”The Nigerian national near RTO chowk was nabbed for trying to peddle drugs, cocaine and crystal meth worth Rs1.28 lakh,” the police said. ”He brought the drugs from Mumbai to sell them here, efforts are being made to trace the buyer.”

The Nigerian government has repeatedly warned its nationals in other countries to desist from illegal activities such as drug trafficking.

Mr Suleiman’s case is one of many by some Nigerians involved in such act in some foreign countries. Many Nigerians are being detained in cuntries like Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia and others for similar crimes. However, those involved in such crimes are only a small percentage of the millions of Nigerians in foreign countries who are successful in their various occupations.

In the meantime, three people were killed and 24 injured Tuesday when a powerful explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, but a fire official said it was not caused by a bomb.

The official Bernama news agency said the blast could have been caused by a leaking gas tank.

Wan Abdul Mubin, head of the fire rescue department in the state capital Kuching, told AFP his office received an emergency call at around 0737 GMT.

“We scrambled 39 officers to the scene. We are investigating the cause of the explosion. It is one of the worst tragedies in the state in years. But it is not a bomb,” he said.

“We recovered the bodies of three men. And we have helped in the evacuation of 24 people injured to the nearby public hospital,” he added.

Wan Abdul said the explosion happened near a store on the ground floor of the shopping mall that was undergoing renovation.

A video clip of the aftermath showed the facade of the store torn apart, with some people screaming for help.

“I was purchasing a pizza in front of the shop when suddenly a strong explosion occurred,” George Sting, 39, told Bernama.

“The workers in the shop immediately ran out,” he said, adding that some were seriously injured.

Wina Simion, 46, who was sitting near the store with her family members said the explosion caused their table to flip.

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