The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that two drug traffickers have excreted a total of 165 wraps of cocaine following their arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA), Abuja.
Babafemi who named the suspects as Elvis Iro, 53 and Uwaezuoke Christian, 42 said that they were arrested by operatives of the NDLEA.
He said that the suspects excreted the drugs while under observation in the Agency’s custody.
According to him, the 53-year-oldman, Iro a father of four children hails from Abiriba, Ohafia local government area of Abia state.
“He was arrested on Saturday March 19, upon his arrival on board Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis-Ababa for ingesting 65 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.376kg.
“During preliminary interview, he claimed he’s an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business.
“He also said he had to venture into the business to take care of his family and stock his newly acquired shop with curtain materials/accessories in Lagos.
“He said he would have been paid One Thousand ($1,000) U.S. dollars on successful delivery of the drug in Abuja, Babafemi said.
The NDLEA spokesperson said Christian on the same flight, was also arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 2.243kg.
Babafemi said that the suspect, who hails from Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state, claimed to be a businessman dealing in baby’s wears before venturing into drug trafficking.
“During preliminary interview, he said he traveled to Addis Ababa on Thursday March 17 to buy the drug for Ten Thousand ($10,000) U.S. dollars and returned on Saturday 19th March when he was arrested.
“He said he sold his land in his village and took loans from friends to be able to raise money to buy the drug.
“He claimed he had to go into drug to raise money for his business after being duped of Fifteen Thousand ($15,000) U.S. dollars by his friend who lives in China, ” Babafemi said.
Babafemi said that the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen.- Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men of NAIA for their diligence and vigilance.
Blackout In Abuja, Others As Protesting Electricity Workers, NUEE Shuts Transmission Station In Kaduna
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has shut down operations at the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to blackout in the state, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and adjoining North-West states.
The electricity union is protesting the non-payment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers and the directive by the TCN board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.
The development which also affected four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is said to be in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.
NUEE officials were said to have forced workers out of the company’s premises before locking the gate with their own key after they picketed the Mando TCN Station in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday.
They however, vowed not to resume work until all their demands were met by the Federal Government.
The NUEE had picketed the Abuja National Headquarters of the TCN on Tuesday.
According to a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, titled “Call for Action”, to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and Zonal Organising Secretaries dated August 15, 2022, the union directed that the electricity workers should ensure total compliance with the directive.
This is coming amid erratic power supply being experienced across the nation and at least five National Power Grid failures already recorded this year.
Court Sentences Famous Adamawa Wrestler To Death For Killing Wife With Pestle
A well-known traditional wrestler, Thankyou Grim, has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for cruelly murdering his wife in Adamawa State.
Super Reporters learnt that Grim, who hails from Sili village in the Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State, hit his wife, Kwalla Grim, repeatedly with a pestle until she died for demanding divorce.
The Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, sentenced the famous wrestler to death after he was tried and found guilty of killing his wife.
He was convicted on a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 192(b) of the Adamawa State Penal Code Law 2018.
While delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa held that the prosecution had proved with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased.
“As stated in my judgement, the convict is convicted for culpable homicide punishable with death; my hands are therefore tied, I cannot do otherwise. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by section 192(b) of Penal Code Law”, Justice Musa ruled.
According to the prosecution, Grim caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.
The famous wrestler reportedly wrestled his wife to the ground and smashed her face with a pestle, hitting her several times until she became lifeless.
He was said to have fled the scene immediately, but later reported himself to the police after three days.
2023: Tinubu, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed-Doors In Ogun
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, behind closed-doors in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
Details of the meeting are yet to be made known but sources say it is not unconnected with the 2023 general elections and Tinubu’s ambition to emerge president.
On this visit, Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor of Ogun State,Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.
The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.