Three customs licensed agents and a spare parts dealer have landed in the net of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine valued at N352m through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The illegal substance, said to be Malaysia-bound on an Ethiopian Airways flight, was allegedly contained in three shipments.
The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, said, “The suspects are Segun Adewuyi, Godwin Atebata and Ajayi Akpaida.
“In addition, a 36-year-old motorcycle parts dealer, Ukpabi Paul, was arrested”.
Adewuyi was said to have brought a meth consignment of 32.7 kilogrammes, Ukpabi and Akpaida, a consignment of 20kg and Ajayi a consignment of 17.7kg; all amounting to 70.4kg.
Ukpabi, said to be based in Nnewi, Anambra State, was said to have delivered the meth consignment to Akpaida for onward trafficking to Malaysia.
Ukpabi said, “I am married with three children. My role was to give the drug to a clearing agent by name Akpaida. Please, have mercy”.
Akpaida on his part said, “They paid me N500, 000 to send the shipment. I agreed to participate in the illegal deal because of the money I was offered”.
Speaking on the development, NDLEA Chairman, Mr. Ahmadu Giade said, “It is sad that the customs licensed agents have acted contrary to the NDLEA Act in pursuit of selfish interest. The agency will continue to make drug trafficking unattractive. Our objective is to prevent drug syndicates from enjoying the financial incentives of the criminal trade. The suspects will be charged to court soon”.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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