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NDLEA Arrests 2 Pakistani over Cocaine Trafficking; Says We didn’t request Sniffer dogs

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NDLEA Intercepts 230,600 Tramadol Tablets, Arrests 106 Suspects In Kano

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos with 8 kilograms of cocaine.

The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that the drugs were concealed in a public address system in which the suspects were attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahore, Pakistan via Doha.

NDLEA Arrests 2 Pakistani over Cocaine Trafficking; Says We didn't request Sniffer dogs

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He said that the two suspects, Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake, were frequent travelers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business.

According to him, they were arrested on Saturday at the Lagos Airport, barely a week after they came to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, operatives at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) import shed of the airport on Friday seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg, imported from Karachi, Pakistan.

Babafemi said that the consignment had a weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of the pharmaceutical opioid.

“The previous day, Thursday, operatives at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( NAHCO) export shed of the airport also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs.

“This included Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225mg and Rohypnol concealed in footwears and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai.

Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa: The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

“A 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo, who presented the consignment for export, was arrested”, he said

In the meantime, the NDLEA has stated that it has not made any request to buy sniffer dogs in its 2023 budget proposal as insinuated in some reports.

Its spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi highlighted this on Saturday in Abuja, adding that NDLEA chairman, retired Gen. Buba Marwa only spoke about dogs while defending the agency’s 2023 budget proposal.

He added that Marwa spoke about dogs while responding to a question posed by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Hon. Francis Agbo at the budget defence.

He stated that the chairman only spoke about the prohibitive cost of specialised dogs.

He added that the question centered on the need for sniffer dogs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Marwa defended NDLEA’s 2023 budget before the committee on Nov. 4

Babafemi explained that in response to Agbo’s question, Marwa noted that the total package of getting a specialised dog including its training, costs an average of 15,000 dollars to 20,000 dollars.

He quoted Marwa as telling the committee that the specialised dogs are able to detect up to 70 different types of drugs and substances.

Marwa said the cost could be verified openly online by anyone interested in knowing the facts about the dogs.

“Indeed, the full package of some specialised dogs, especially those used for special protection, detection and law enforcement in other jurisdictions cost between 30,000 dollars and 80,000 dollars.

“They could cost more, depending on the type of skills and duties in which they would be trained.

“In fact, Harrison K-9, an Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.-based company sells a dog for as much as 230,000 dollars.

“This is because acquiring specialised dogs goes beyond the cost of purchase.

“It is a total package that includes the training of the dogs and their handlers as a team over a period of months,’’ Marwa said at the budget defence.

He included in his response to the question that NDLEA has and uses sniffer dogs provided by the German government, adding that it already acquired new scanners for use at airports.

According to him, all of these have been largely responsible for the daily arrests and seizures made by officers and men of the NDLEA.

“We remain grateful to the German government, which has provided the sniffer dogs currently being used and has even added more this year.

“It is also building a sniffer dog academy for use by the NDLEA and others in the sub-region.

“This is why the agency has not and did not make any request for the specialised dogs in its current budget proposal before the National Assembly,’’ Marwa also said.

 

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Security Guard, 24 Others Charged With Undergraduate’s Murder

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Security Guard, 24 Others Charged With Undergraduate’s Murder

An Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday, remanded a security guard at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, and 24 others for allegedly killing a student of the institution.

The security guard, Femi Oladoye, and the others are charged with conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi, did not take their pleas for want of jurisdiction.

She directed the police to return the case file to the state director of public prosecutions for advice.

Ogunkanmi adjourned the case until July 8 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, CSP Funke Fawole, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on May 24 at 9.00 p.m. in the university.

Fawole alleged that the defendants unlawfully caused the death of a  22-year-old student, Mr Jefry Akro, by beating him with planks and wire.

She alleged that Oladoye and a male porter in the university, Kehinde Olabusuyi (one of the suspects),  failed to rescue Akro from aggrieved students who eventually beat him to death.

She said the offences contravened Sections 516 and 324 of the Criminal Laws of Oyo State, 2000. 

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Court Sentences Housewife To Death For Murdering Her Ex-Husband

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 A High Court in  Birnin Kebbi on Monday sentenced a woman, Farida Abubakar to death by hanging for killing her former husband, Chief Magistrate, Attahiru Muhammad-Ibrahim.

Abubakar was arraigned before the court for murder on Aug. 25, 2022, while the main charge was filed on July 26, 2023.

The prosecution said that the convict stabbed Chief Magistrate Muhammad-Ibrahim with a sharp object on his abdomen, neck and left arm which led to his death.

Delivering judgment, the Chief Judge of the state, who adjudicated on the case, Justice Umar Abubakar held that the court was convinced that the accused person based on the evidence adduced by the prosecution.

“The defendant was last seen with the deceased in his house in Birnin Kebbi, shortly after, he was found dead.

“Circumstantial evidence linked the defendant to the offence.

“The burden of proof is on the prosecution to establish guilt against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt within the boundary of evidence adduced.

“With the extra-judicial statement of the accused person and the testimony of 12 prosecution witnesses, the court is overwhelmingly convinced that the circumstantial evidence is an irresistible fact that she was the one who killed the deceased.

“The evidence adduced is cogent, compelling, not controverted.

” Her Hijab was found smeared with blood. She intended to kill him. She knew death would be the consequence of her action. The offence was committed at a time when the deceased was about to marry a new wife.

“The court is satisfied, it is established that the defendant mercilessly planned and marshalled the attack with a sharp object, obviously to cause death or knowing the consequence of her act to cause death or does not care.

“The court has found you guilty of culpable homicide and bodily harm, the court has convicted you as charged”.

“The court has sentenced you to death by hanging under section 191(b) penal code law of Kebbi State. You are to be hanged by the neck until you are dead”.

“The court has also sentenced you to seven years in prison for causing bodily harm under section 224 (1) of the penal code law of Kebbi State,” the Judge read out in the judgment.

In mitigation, the defence counsel, Mudashiru Sani, holding brief for Abdulnasir Sallau, described the convict as a first-time offender with aged parents.

The council said that the convict was her parents’ caregiver and also had a young daughter in need of motherly care.

He pleaded with the court to give the convict a lighter sentence, so that she could finish her time and come back to the society as a reformed individual, considering her age.

In reply, the Prosecuting Counsel, who is the Director, Public Prosecution in the state Ministry of Justice, Lawal Hudu-Garba, enjoined the court to follow the latter of the law to serve as a deterrent to others from committing the same heinous offence.

Shortly after the judgment, the defence counsel, Sani, said, his client would appeal the verdict. 

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Police Nab 4 Suspects Swapping POS Machines In Katsina

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Police Nab 4 Suspects Swapping POS Machines In Katsina

Those who think the major challenge in Katsina State is kidnapping or banditry may be wrong, as the Police Command in Katsina State has arrested four daring suspects who specialise in swapping their victim’s Point of Sales (POS) machines and withdrawing their money.

The spokesman of the command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, who disclosed this while parading some suspects in Katsina on Thursday, said seven POS machines were recovered.

“In the course of investigation, it was revealed that the syndicate would criminally swap the POS machines of unsuspecting victims with fake ones that looked identical, and then criminally withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.

“The suspects had swindled five victims who were mostly business owners over ₦4.7 million..

“The suspects confessed to the commission of the crime and investigation is ongoing. At the end of the investigation, the suspect will be charged to court,” he said.

The PPRO added that with the aid of some good samaritans, their operatives succeeded in arresting the suspects while attempting to rob a commercial tricycle rider as other members of the syndicate escaped.

Aliyu said, “The syndicate’s modus operandi is to drug their victims by offering them drinks laced with sedatives before robbing them of their tricycles.

“In the course of an investigation, two other victims identified the suspect, corroborating his involvement in the crimes robbing them of their tricycles valued at ₦1.6 million, and ₦2.250 million respectively.”

According to him, the command had also succeeded in arresting a suspected member of a syndicate of armed robbers who have been terrorising commercial tricyclists (KEKE NAPEP) in the state.

He explained that the suspect was arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies targeting unsuspecting commercial tricycle riders.

According to Aliyu, the command has also succeeded in arresting another suspect in connection with a rape case of a 16- year-old girl.

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