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NDLEA seizes 2,460 kg of illicit drugs within 12 months in Ogun

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… Man bags four years imprisonment for N20m fraud***

The Idiroko Borderland Special Area Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Monday, said it seized 2,460kg of illicit drugs within 12 Months in Ogun.

Mrs. Archie-Abia Ibinabo, Commander, Idiroko Special Area Command, Ogun, made this known in an interview with the newsmen in Idiroko.

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Ibinabo gave the breakdown of the illicit drugs seized between June 2021 and June 2022 to include; 100 kg of tramadol, 2,344 kg of Cannabis Sativa, and 16 kg of protein.

The NDLEA boss also said that only18 people were arrested between May 2022 and June 2022 because the border was reopened two months ago.

She explained that 10 of the suspects were still under prosecution, while seven including two women, had been sentenced to various jail terms.

Ibinabo appealed to Ogun Government to provide a mini-rehabilitation centre to rehabilitate victims of drug abuse.

This, she said, would enable the command to counsel and educate the drug victims in order to turn them back into profitable citizens of Nigeria.

She said that 15 people had been counselled on the dangers of using illicit drugs and reunited with their families.

“The command has been able to take so much illicit drugs out of the society through synergy and cooperation of all the security and para-military agencies in Idiroko axis and its environs.

“We have taken such magnitude of drugs out of the society which could have filtered into our communities.

“These drugs are responsible for influencing most of the crimes committed in the state,” she said.

The NDLEA boss also said that the command had destroyed countless dark drug joint spots across Idiroko and its environs.

In another development, Justice Hannatu Balogun of the Kaduna High Court on Tuesday sentenced one Ali Lado to four years confinement in a correctional centre for committing fraud to the tune of N20million.

Lado was charged with the crime by the Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge sentenced Lado after he had pleaded guilty to the charge and begged for leniency.

Justice Balogun, however, gave the convict an option of N3 million fine and warned him to desist from criminality.

She further ordered him to pay N20 million as restitution to the complainant, Ahmed Danladi and said that failure to do so he would serve three years jail term.

Earlier, Counsel to the EFCC, E.K. Garba, said the defendant was arrested by the commission following a petition by the complainant.

Garba said the defendant diverted the sum of N20 million he got from the auction of cars the complainant gave to him.

He said that the defendant committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.

 

 

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