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Royal Oman Police Arrest 3 For Growing Poppies

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The Royal Oman Police has arrested three Asians for cultivating poppy in Bahla town, about 190km north-west of Muscat.

“The Anti Narcotic teams, in cooperation with the Bahla police, have arrested three Asian nationals on charges of growing poppy seeds,” a spokesman for the ROP’s Public Relations Department said, adding that 65 plants were destroyed by the police team after the arrest of the three suspects, who also had heroin in their possession.

The ROP have maintained that the infiltrators, mostly coming from Pakistan via Iran by boat, are posing a big threat to the country’s security and have spread the scourge of drug addiction in the society.

So far, the police have come across cases of addicts or those trying to smuggle drugs into the country via different routes, including traffickers swallowing drugs before arriving at the kingdom’s Muscat International Airport.

Despite the increasing incidence of drugs however, this is the first time that the police have prevented public attempts to grow poppy in the country.

Poppy contains opium and morphine and it is forbidden to grow poppy in Oman.

Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers arrested a suspected drug trafficker arriving at Muscat International Airport. “The officers at Customs grew suspicious and referred the suspect to the ROP Hospital in Qurum [district],” the spokesman said, adding that scans at the hospital revealed that the suspect had swallowed 94 capsules filled with heroin.

He added that all the suspects were handed over to the Public Prosecution.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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