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NDLEA seizes cocaine in teabags, arrests four traffickers at Lagos, Abuja airports



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has foiled attempts by Brazil-based drug cartels to smuggle substantial quantities of cocaine into Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

They were said to have concealed the Class-A illicit substance in teabags.

The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement issued on Sunday, said, “at least, four traffickers involved in the attempts to import and export illicit drugs through the country in the last week are now in the custody of the agency.”

According to him, one of them is 33-year-old Pascal Ekene Okolo, an indigene of Ihe in Ogwu Local Government Area of Enugu state, who was arrested during an inward clearance of Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo via Doha at the arrival hall of the NAIA on Sunday, April 17.

Okolo who claimed to be into wine business in Brazil was arrested with a travelling bag containing different medicinal tea bags, which were used to conceal 4.1kilograms of cocaine.

The same day, a Canada-based Nigerian, Anigo Christian Godspower was intercepted at the D-Arrival Hall of the MMIA, Ikeja, during an inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways from Sao Paolo via Doha to Lagos.

When his luggage was searched, two blocks of Cocaine with a total weight of 2.10kg were discovered.

The 52-year-old Anigo who hails from Udi local council area of Enugu state claimed he operated an unregistered Bureau De Change business before delving into the illicit drug trade.

The bid by another cartel to export 950grams of Heroin concealed in the soles of lady’s footwear through the MMIA cargo shed was equally foiled by anti-narcotic officers who have so far arrested two suspects linked to the crime.

Those arrested between April 16 and 17 in connection with an attempt to export the drug to Monrovia, Liberia included Idokoja Solomon Chukwurah and Patrick John Tochukwu.

Babafemi also said that the NDLEA operatives in raids in Kano, Kaduna, Benue, and Akwa Ibom states have seized no less than 88,734 doses of Tramadol, Pentazocine, Diazepam, and Swinol.

He said, “In Kano, Aliyu Usman, 28, was arrested at Railway area of the state capital with 47,000 capsules of Tramadol and 2,000 ampules of pentazocine injection on Tuesday, April 19, while Saminu Usman, 28, was nabbed with 24,710 Tramadol tablets at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano two days earlier.

“In Benue, another dealer, Emeka Eze was arrested at an NDLEA checkpoint at Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of the state with 10,000 Tramadol capsules and 900 tablets of swinol, while in Kaduna state, the duo of Raphael Daniel and David Musa were arrested at Mando park, Kaduna with 1kg of Cocaine on Thursday, April 21.

“A week after Muhammad Sani Ibrahim sent 12.1kg of cannabis from Lagos to Kaduna, operatives were able to trace and arrest him last Thursday and brought him to Kaduna after his consignment was intercepted.

“Another dealer, Kamilu Ibrahim was also arrested the same day at Kargi village in Kubau LGA, Kaduna State with 10.6kg Cannabis Sativa, while Bashir Ibrahim was arrested on Friday, April 22 after his four consignments containing Cannabis Sativa weighing 44.6kg were intercepted three days earlier along Abuja-Kaduna express road.”

In Akwa Ibom state, NDLEA operatives arrested two female drug dealers, Eno-Obong Edet, 36, and Hossana Esema Ukpong, 28, with various quantities of Rohypnol, Diazepam, Tramadol, and Cannabis, while a suspected fake security agent was arrested on Saturday, April 23 in Abuja while moving 23.8kg cannabis from Lagos to Maiduguri, Borno state.

Pleased with the development, Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), commended the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, Kano, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and FCT commands of the agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels.

He charged them and those in other commands across the country to remain vigilant and on the offensive until the last gram of illicit drugs is taken away from the streets.

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FG exposes Gumi’s ally, 14 others as terrorism financiers








The Federal Government has uncovered the identity of 15 entities, including nine individuals and six Bureau De Change operators and firms, allegedly involved in the financing of terrorism in Nigeria.


This was disclosed by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, on Tuesday, entitled “Designation of Individuals and Entities for March 18, 2024.”


The document revealed that the Nigeria Sanctions Committee (NSC) met on March 18, 2024, where specific individuals and entities were recommended for sanction following their involvement in terrorism financing.


“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, with the approval of the President, has thereupon designated the following individuals and entities to be listed on the Nigeria Sanctions List,” the document read in part.


Among the individuals named in the document was a Kaduna-based publisher, Tukur Mamu, who is currently being tried by the Federal Government for allegedly aiding the terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train in March 2022.


According to the document, Mamu “participated in the financing of terrorism by receiving and delivering ransome payments over the sum of $200,000 US in support of ISWAP terrorists for the release of hostages of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.”


Mamu, is an ally of controversial Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi.


The document said one of the individuals is “the suspected attacker of the St. Francis Catholic Church Owo, Ondo State on June 5, 2022 and the Kuje Correctional Center, Abuja on July 5, 2022.”


Another was described as “a member of the terrorist group Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladissudam, the group is associated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


“The subject was trained and served under Muktar Belmokhtar, aka One Eyed Out, led Al-Murabtoun Katibat of AQIM in Algeria and Mali.”


The NFIU said the individual “specialises in designing terrorist clandestine communication code and he is also Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert.


“The subject was also a gate keeper to ANSARU leader, Mohammed Usman aka Khalid Al-Bamawi. Equally, he was a courier and travel guide to AQIM Katibat in the desert of Algeria and Mali. He is into carpentry.


“Subject fled Kuje correctional centre on July 5, 2022. He is currently at large.”


Another was identified as “a senior commander of the Islamic State of West Africa Province Okene.”


The agency said, the individual “came into limelight in 2012 as North Central wing of Boko Haram.


“The group is suspected of the attacks carried out around Federal Capital Territory and the South West Geographical Zone, including the June 5, 2022 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.”


Another was described as “a financial courier to ISWAP Okene. She is responsible for the disbursement of funds to the widows/wives of the terrorist fighters of the group.”


According to the document, another of the individuals “in 2015, transferred N60 million to terrorism convicts.”


He was also said to have “received a sum of N189m between 2016 and 2018.”


The same person is said to “own entities and business reported in the UAE court judgment as facilitating the transfer of terrorist funds from Dubai to Nigeria.”


Another individual was said to have “received a total of N57m from between 2014 and 2017.”


Another was said to have “had a total inflow of N61.4 bn and a total outflow of N51.7bn from his accounts.”


The document further revealed that, in accordance with Section 54 of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022, institutions and individuals are required to:


“(a) immediately, identify and freeze, without prior notice, all funds, assets, and any other economic resources belonging to the designated persons and entities in your possession and report same to the Sanctions Committee;


“(b) report to the Sanctions Committee any assets frozen or actions taken in compliance with the prohibition requirements.


“(c) immediately file a Suspicious Transactions Report to the NFIU for further analysis on the financial activities of such an individual or entity; and


“(d) report as a Suspicious Transactions Report to the NFIU, all cases of name matching in financial transactions prior to or after receipt of this List.


It said the “The freezing obligation required above shall extend to


“(a) all funds or other assets that are owned or controlled by the designated persons and entities, and not only those that are tied to a particular act, plot, or threat of terrorism or terrorism financing;


“(b) those funds or other assets that are wholly or jointly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by designated persons or entities;


“(c) the funds or other assets derived or generated from funds or other assets owned or controlled directly or indirectly by designated persons or entities; and


“(d) funds or other assets of persons and entities acting on behalf of, or at the direction of designated persons or entities.”

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Helicopter-Booking Company, Vetifly’s CEO Okoh, COO Odumodu Declared Wanted By Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency, EFCC







The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared wanted the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Emmanuel Wisdom Okoh and Chief Operating Officer and board member, Angel Odumodu of Vetifly Global Inc.


The anti-graft agency in a public notice on Wednesday, displaying the photographs of the wanted persons, said, “The public is hereby notified that the persons whose photographs appear above are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an alleged case of Conspiracy, Stealing and Obtaining Money by False Pretense linked to their company – Vetifly Global Inc.


“Odumodu is 36 years old, and his last known address is: Plot 6, ELM Street, Osbourne Forshore Estate, Phase 2, Ikoyi, Lagos State.


“Okoh, 37, was last seen at Plot 6, ELM Street, Osbourne Forshore Estate, Phase 2, Ikoyi, Lagos State.”


Vetifly says on its website that it offers helicopter ride services that include intercity shuttle, intracity shuttle, sightseeing experience, and helicopter charter. It also claims to offer private jet charter and luxury pickups.


“We also offer direct flights to bespoke locations of your choice,” it claims.

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OGYASD raises Alarm over Cult Clashes in Ogun, Urges Gov Abiodun, CP to act fast  







A group, Ogun Youths Advocate for Social Development (OGYASD) has expressed concern over the increase in the rate of cult clashes in Ogun state, calling on Governor Abiodun to act fast before it further escalates.


The group made the call while addressing a Press Conference, in Abeokuta, the state capital at the weekend.


Comrade Oluseyi Alamu, President of the group recalled that last week, four persons were killed in a clash between rival court groups in Abeokuta, adding that several lives were claimed in Sagamu area of the state between September and October 2023 in similar clashes.


Alamu told Abiodun that the loss of souls in cult clashes in the state serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for action against the scourge of cultism.


The President urged the Governor to implement stricter measures aimed at eradicating cultism from its roots.


Alamu equally lamented that the menace of cultism is gradually consuming the future leaders of the state.



He said “Last week, four lives were tragically cut short in brutal cult clashes right here in our capital city, Abeokuta. These young individuals, with dreams and ambitions, became victims of a senseless conflict that should have no place in our society. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident but rather a recurring pattern that we must confront head-on.


“Let us not forget the painful memories from just last year when several lives were ruthlessly taken in similar clashes in Sagamu. The loss of these souls serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for action against the scourge of cultism. It is destroying lives, families, and the very fabric of our communities”, he added.



Alamu however urged to the governor to

implement stricter measures which aimed at eradicating cultism from its roots.



His words “This battle requires a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach, utilizing both prevention and punishment strategies. We request the immediate deployment of additional security personnel to key areas prone to cult activities. We urge the proper equipping and training of law enforcement agencies to effectively combat this menace.

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