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Narcotics: Marwa commends IGP over NDLEA-Police partnership

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Narcotics: Marwa commends IGP over NDLEA-Police partnership

Marwa while decorating the promoted police

… As EFCC strengthens collaboration with NDLEA to combat money laundering, drug abuse***

The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), retired  Buba Brig.-Gen. Marwa has commended the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba for his willingness to strengthen the working relationship between the anti-narcotic agency and the police.

Marwa gave the commendation on Tuesday in Abuja while decorating one of the newly promoted police officers attached to his office, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mande Umar with his new rank.

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In a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, Marwa said that the recent promotion of over 21,039 junior cadre policemen showed the commitment of the IGP.

He said this was to boost the morale of the Force’s rank and file as well as enhancing the performance of the police.

The NDLEA boss also commended the speed with which the Police Service Commission headed by a former IGP, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, had been working with the Police to strengthen the Force.

According to him, the IGP is not only working relentlessly to make the police better, but he has also been supportive of our work in NDLEA.

“It is on record that he recently signed a clear letter to all police commands and formations to support and cooperate with the NDLEA.

“That is why you will see police commands transferring all drug-related cases to NDLEA without delay and whenever our men come under attack, they are always ready to give a helping hand.

“That is commendable and I give IGP Baba credit for that,” he said.

Marwa said that all issues he had taken to the IGP and the Smith-led PSC had been promptly treated.

He urged Umar, who was recently promoted from Police Inspector to ASP11, to see the elevation as an encouragement to work harder.

In the meantime, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have expressed readiness to foster relationships in combating money laundering and drug-related crimes.

This was revealed during a courtesy visit by the Kwara Commander of the NDLEA, Ibrahim Saidu, to the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC on Tuesday in Ilorin.

Saidu explained that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties with the EFCC in order to help the two agencies deliver on their mandates.

“We have a lot to do together, especially as the two agencies are mutually engaged in the business of securing Nigeria against fraud.

“I have told my officers not to be after drug-related offences only, but also be watchful and report evidence of money laundering to the EFCC,” he said.

The Commander disclosed that some of the NDLEA officers were trained at the EFCC Academy, Karu, Abuja recently.

He stressed that the training was part of the synergy that should exist between the two agencies.

Saidu revealed that the EFCC is currently building the capacity of NDLEA officers on money laundering, while boosting their competence in tackling drug-related offences.

The NDLEA boss seized the opportunity to inform EFCC of the recently-launched War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) by President Muhammadu Buhari and called for support of the Commission in intensifying the campaign.

He pledged his agency’s support for EFCC, adding that his officers are prepared to offer training assistance to the Commission’s staff in Ilorin, on the dangers of drug abuse and peddling.

Responding, Michael Nzekwe, EFCC Zonal Commander, noted that the two Agencies have more areas of convergence in their respective statutory mandates, on areas of terrorism, financing and money laundering.

Nzekwe identified drug peddling as the main source of terrorism financing, which was among the core areas of focus for EFCC.

The Zonal Commander disclosed that synergy and collaboration are part of the cardinal principles of the Commission in its fight against economic and financial crimes.

He said that Ilorin Command would align with the principle of collaboration and would ensure that corruption is reduced to the barest minimum in the three States under its control.

Nzekwe thanked the NDLEA Commander and his team for the visit and appreciated his offer to sensitize his men on drug abuse and its negative consequences.

“The Abdulrasheed Bawa-led management in the EFCC frowns at corruption, indiscipline and drug abuse.

“As brothers in the service of our Fatherland, we need to work together to ensure a well-secured Nigeria, because without Nigeria there will neither be EFCC nor NDLEA.

“We need to be in contact from time to time to share ideas on how we can reduce drug abuse and other forms of criminalities to the barest minimum,” the Zonal Commander said.

 

 

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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye

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…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill

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A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

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*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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