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NDLEA impounds 12,385kg “Loud” marijuana in Lagos

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NDLEA has seized 12,385 kilograms of “Loud’’ marijuana smuggled into Lagos from a neighbouring country through the waterways.

Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, who said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the drug as a strong variant of marijuana.

Babafemi said that 12,385 pellets of the “Loud’’ marijuana were brought in through the Atlantic Ocean and ferried in boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island.

The weed would have been distributed from the beach to drugs hotspots such as Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states, he added.

He stated also that more than 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, Nov. 27 and recovered the consignments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects.

Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.

In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion was among suspects arrested at Irrua, Edo in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, Nov. 24 stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,240kg of Indian hemp was also seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.

“At the point of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol

“Another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg,’’ Babafemi stated.

Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi stated that operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances.

He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta.

“Other suspects arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the state for dealing in Meth, Indian hemp, cocaine, and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika.

“In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp recovered from him while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo resident in Kano.

“On Thursday, Nov. 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow-up operation.

“The follow-up operation took place after the seizure of his drug consignment of 73.2kg of codeine at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe, on the same day,’’ Babafemi stated.

He said that NDLEA Chairman retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, charged its officers and men to strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency were fully achieved.

(NAN)

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MKO Abiola’s Son Picks PRP Presidential Form

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Kola Abiola, son of late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, MKO Abiola, has joined the 2023 Presidential race.

Kola on Thursday, picked the N10 million Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Presidency.

He received the forms from the National Secretary of the Party, Babatunde Alli, at the PRP’s headquarters in Abuja.

Three aspirants have so far purchased the forms for the presidential ticket of the party. They are Retired Col. Gboluga Mosugu, Mrs Patience Key and Kola Abiola.

Abiola, who kicked against consensus candidacy as contained in the Electoral Act 2022, said that other aspirants of the party, who had so far purchased their forms were also opposed to the method.

He said: “We have two other candidates. We believe in internal party democracy, we are not doing consensus. It is a transparent party, the more candidates we have the better.

“Whoever wins, we will all come together and work for the party and not somebody calling for consensus where someone will step down for another.

“Let’s go and have a competitive environment, it will be transparent and we will uphold internal democracy and be able to have proper democracy.”

Earlier, the party’s national secretary, Alli, said the party had strategised to ensure a rancour-free primary, by allowing delegates to vote for the presidential candidates of their choice at the state levels.

Meanwhile, the PRP has extended sale and return of nomination forms till May 18.

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Retired colonel joins PRP presidential race

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A retired Army Colonel and member of the Peoples Redemption Party, Gboluga Mosugu, has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms making him eligible to run for the office of the President under the platform of the party.

Mosugu who spoke to pressmen while submitting his forms at the PRP’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, said he took the idea to lead the country very seriously.

He said, “The idea to lead Nigeria right is one that I take seriously. I am aware of the challenges ahead, but challenges are meant to be faced and conquered, and I’m in it for the long run. I am a retired Colonel, and as a soldier, one is always prepared to die for their country if the need arises in the course of duty. I could die for Nigeria.

“After I got the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, I could have changed my mind that I didn’t want to go further, but I am prepared for the challenge ahead, and there is no fear in my mind.”

Mr Mosugu described the PRP as the most competent party in the country, calling on Nigerians to give their mandate to it in 2023.

Speaking, a retired major general, Anthony Ajemba, said he had known Mr Mosugu for over 50 years. “We met in 1973 as young-boy soldiers at Nigeria Military School, Zaria.”

He described the aspirant as a detribalised Nigerian, saying that if given the opportunity, Mr Mosugu would take the country to greater heights.

“We have come to give him our support. He can deliver this nation. This journey that he has started, by the grace of God, he will end well,” Mr Ajemba said.

The national secretary of the party said the PRP had maintained its ideology as a people-centred party and a movement to defend the defenceless.

Mr Mosugu will have to contend for the PRP presidential ticket with some other aspirants including Kola Abiola son of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Moshood Abiola, and Patience Key.

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May Day – PRP Salutes Nigerian Workers

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The Peoples Redemption Party ,PRP, has expressed gratitude and respect to all Nigerian workers on the occasion of this year’s Labour Day.

A statement Signed by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Falalu Bello, says the party hold workers in high regards in view of the fact that they are a nation’s essential backbone.

“it is only because of workers that the nation can survive and prosper” Alhaji Bello added.

According to the statement Nigerian workers deserve to be appreciated and celebrated for giving their best despite the unfavourable working conditions and bad governance.

The party uses this important occasion to extend a hand of partnership with Nigerian workers so as to salvage Nigeria from the challenges bedeviling the nation.

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