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India-bound passenger vomits 80 wraps of cocaine



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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said its operatives arrested a Delhi, India-bound passenger, Freeman Charles Ogbonna, at the screening point of terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos, for ingesting 80 wraps of cocaine.

NDLEA announced that Ogbonna was arrested on Sunday, 31st March, while attempting to board his flight to Delhi, India via Doha on Qatar Airways, with a Liberian international passport bearing the name, Carr Bismark.

He was taken for body scan and tested positive for ingestion of illicit drugs.

In a statement by Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy, the NDLEA said preliminary checks revealed his real identity as Freeman Charles Ogbonna and he was subsequently placed under observation in custody where he started to manifest signs of discomfort.

Babafemi said the suspect soon began to retch before starting to vomit and excrete wraps of cocaine he ingested almost simultaneously, obviously choked by the volume of illicit drugs in his stomach and another substance taken to hold back excretion.

According to the statement, the suspect, who claimed he was recruited into drug trafficking by one of his relatives, eventually passed out a total of 80 wraps of cocaine weighing 889 grams through his mouth and anus over a period of four days.

“The great risk that almost took his life notwithstanding, Ogbonna said he was given the drugs to swallow at a hotel in Ipodo area of Ikeja with a promise to reward him with N300,000 cash if he successfully delivers the consignment in India,” Babafemi said.

The spokesman also announced that NDLEA officers at the Lagos airport on Wednesday, 3rd April, intercepted a drug mule, Imran Taofeek Olalekan, at Gate C departure of terminal 1 travelling to Oman with a check-in luggage and a backpack.

When his check-in bag and backpack were subjected to thorough search, the operatives discovered a false bottom concealment of drugs in the check-in luggage and in the walls of the backpack.

Babafemi disclosed that the NDLEA officers swiftly moved in on a man who accompanied the suspect to the airport. He was later identified as Ishola Isiaka Olalekan, who recruited the trafficker.

According to the statement, Imran Taofeek Olalekan said he returned from Dubai some years ago but still has a valid residence permit on his old passport. He claimed he was promised N1,500,000 if he successfully delivers the consignment in Oman, while his recruiter, Ishola, was to be paid N200,000.

However, when the two bags were completely unpacked at the NDLEA office, a charm was found in one of the bags while another one was found on the drug mule who confessed that he traveled to Ibadan, Oyo State, to meet with an ‘Alfa’ that prepared the charm for him to ensure he was not caught during the trip.

He further said that another charm was also found on the intermediary, Ishola Isiaka Olalekan, who accompanied Taofeek to the departure area of the airport. Ishola claimed he procured the charms for the sum of N70,000.

Announcing further interceptions and seizures by the NDLEA, Babafemi said: “At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, NDLEA operatives also on Wednesday 3rd April, intercepted 2,144 parcels of Colorado, a synthetic strain of cannabis weighing of 1,072kg.

“The seizure was made during a joint examination with Customs Service and other stakeholders of a container marked GAOU 6699215 coming from Montreal, but originated from Toronto, Canada.

“The drugs packed in 46 jumbo bags were found concealed in used 2009 Lexus RX 350, 2011 Toyota Sienna, and 2009 Lexus ES 350 as well as used engines, automobile doors, tyres, and used household goods as well as big drums loaded into the container.

“In Kano, a 48-year-old suspect, Gidado Sani who jumped the bail granted him by a Federal High Court in Kano on drug offence charges, was on Friday 5th April re-arrested in Sharada area of the state with 85 blocks of cannabis weighing 50.1kg, while NDLEA operatives in Ogun state on Thursday 4th April, arrested another suspect Wasiu Jimoh, during a raid operation at Ilese Awo, with 84 parcels (62kg) of cannabis sativa.

“Operatives in Lagos on Wednesday 3rd April intercepted a suspect, Emeka Umeh with 506.2kg cannabis at Igbede, Ojo area of the state, while another suspect, Victor Okeke was nabbed on Friday 5th April at Igbo Elerin, Ojo, with 142grams of cannabis sativa and 175 litres of skuchies recovered from him.

“Attempt by 35-year-old Ifeanyi Udogwu to smuggle 1.5kg cocaine concealed in music speakers from Lagos through Aba, Abia state to his uncle, Ifeanyi Udogwu based in Cameroon was thwarted on Wednesday 3rd April when NDLEA officers working in collaboration with transport company, Young Shall Grow Motors, arrested him.”



‘Naira abuse’: EFCC secures 31 convictions in Kano



170 currency racketeers arrested, 23 jailed in one month – EFCC
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives in Kano have secured the convictions of 31 individuals involved in illegal currency trading and abuse of the naira.

The anti-graft agency said the culprits were arrested by the special task force on illegal dealing and mishandling of the naira, between March and May 2024.

In a statement published on its website, EFCC said the offenders were arrested at various locations in Kano including Wapa BDC market, Grand Central Hotel, and  Lagos street adjacent to CBN office.

The anti-graft agency did not provide details of the sentence imposed by the court but stated that the offenders “got jailed”.

“In an unprecedented display of regulatory enforcement, the Kano Zonal Directorate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured 31 convictions of individuals involved in illegal currency trading and the abuse of the naira,” the statement reads.

“The convicts include; Munkaila Sani, Mohammed Sani, Muhammad Tijjani, Abubakar Yakubu Garba, Umar Mohammed, Sadiq Ahmad, Amiru Ibrahim, Usman Mahmoud Aminu, Auwal Sharubutu, Abubakar Usman, Salisu Idris, Zarahdeen Sale, Yahaya Isa, Michael Oladipupo, Rose Mabe Akogu, Salako Gboyega, Muktari Haruna, Ibor Ibn Mohd, Onuche Attai, Ibitoye Olanrewaju, Matthew James, Isah Ahmad, Abdullahi Isah Musa, Sagir Musa, Murtala Gambo, Abdulrahman Hassan, Nazifi Musa Isah, Usman Muhd Muhd, Najeeb Abalan, Dickson Egbuka and Habib Abba.”


Section 21 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act frowns at abuse of the naira in the form of tampering, stepping on, tearing, spraying, and hawking.

Section 21 of the act states: “(1) A person who tampers with a coin or note issued by the Bank is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“(2) A coin or note shall be deemed to have been tampered with if the coin or note has been impaired, diminished or lightened otherwise than by fair wear and tear or has been defaced by stumping, engraving, mutilating, piercing, stapling, writing, tearing, soiling, squeezing or any other form of deliberate and wilful abuse whether the coin or note has or has not been thereby diminished or lightened.

“(3) For the avoidance of doubt, spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section.

“(4) It shall also be an offence punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section for any person to hawk, sell or otherwise trade in the Naira notes, coins or any other note issued by the Bank

Recently, the EFCC has been going after celebrities who allegedly abuse the naira.

On April 12, a federal high court in  Lagos sentenced Bobrisky, the social media celebrity, to six months in prison for abusing the naira.

The crossdresser was arraigned on a six-count charge by the EFCC.

On April 16, the EFCC filed a three-count charge against Cubana Chief Priest, the nightlife promoter, for alleged abuse of the Nigerian currency.

Kehinde Ogundare, a judge of the federal high court in  Lagos, thereafter granted him bail in the sum of N10 million with two responsible sureties in like sum.


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Police arrests First Bank manager over N650.8m fraud



Osun State Police Command has arrested a First Bank Branch Manager in Osogbo identified as Adeniyi Sunday Talabi for allegedly
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Osun State Police Command has arrested a First Bank Branch Manager in Osogbo identified as Adeniyi Sunday Talabi for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting people with the sum of N650,850,000 under false pretence in an illegal Proof Of Funds (POF).

According to a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, the suspect is accused of carrying out the fraud by deceitfully obtaining the funds from the victims and misappropriating them through an illicit transaction known as proof of funds.

Opalola disclosed that the bank has suspended the suspect from duty and confirmed that investigations into the matter are underway.

Furthermore, she assured that Talabi and any accomplices involved would face prosecution in court once the investigation is concluded.


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Three dead in Lagos gas explosion



Three individuals have tragically lost their lives in a devastating Lagos gas explosion that rocked Abule Pan, situated along the Lekki-Epe
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Three individuals have tragically lost their lives in a devastating Lagos gas explosion that rocked Abule Pan, situated along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Ibeju Lekki Local Area.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:34pm on Tuesday, as a 50kg Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cylinder exploded at the frontage of a row of shops in the area.

Margaret Adeseye, Director/CEO of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, confirmed the incident, stating that the explosion involved an industrial gas cylinder assembled at the front of the shops.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang followed by balls of fire engulfing the surroundings, sparking panic and chaos in the vicinity.

Responding swiftly to the emergency, the Lekki Phase II Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, alongside Health Environment officials, military personnel, Federal Road Safety Corps officials, and representatives from the Ibeju Lekki Local Government, collaborated to combat the inferno.

Adeseye emphasized that the mishandling of the gas cylinder led to the explosion, resulting in the tragic loss of three lives and leaving one person injured.

Efforts are underway to address the aftermath of the incident and to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected community.


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Why I killed my sugar mummy over N100,000 – Suspect



The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a lady, Glory Akpaku, in Delta State, Akpoveta School, has narrated how he allegedly
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The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of a lady, Glory Akpaku, in Delta State, Akpoveta School, has narrated how he allegedly killed the victim by stabbing her multiple times.

According to an interrogation video shared on by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, on Monday, the suspect disclosed that the victim was his sugar mummy before her demise.

It was gathered from the video that things went sour between Akpoveta and the late Akpaku over the sum of N100,000 he allegedly kept with the deceased for safekeeping, but which the deceased allegedly refused to give him when he needed the money.

The suspect claimed that he had gone to Akpaku to demand the money but, instead of receiving it, she insisted that she would give it to him after returning from the market.

The suspect narrated further that he threatened the victim to report their relationship to her son, but the victim threatened back that if he did so, she would not give him the money in her custody.

He added that the threat from his alleged lover infuriated him, which led him to stab her with a knife in the neck, hand, and stomach.

Akpoveta narrated in pidgin English (now translated), “She asked me to save some money with her and that she would return the money to me later. But when I needed the money, she refused to give it to me. Rather, she became angry.

“She asked me to escort her to the market, and I thought she would give me the money, but she insisted that she would give it to me after she returned from the market.

“I told her that I would tell her child, and she said if I told the child, she would not return my money. While she was going in front, I took a knife that I had with me and stabbed her in the neck, hand, and stomach.”

The suspect stated further that he regretted his action but blamed the devil for it.

Reacting to the confession, Edafe urged members of the public to learn from it.

The PPRO wrote, “I share stories like this so we can learn from the mistakes of others. So this suspect allegedly murdered his sugar mummy over her failure to give him back the money she was helping him save. When asked why he did it, he said, ‘NA DEVIL WORK’.”

Meanwhile, giving further updates on the incident, the PPRO noted that the incident happened in April and the suspect would be charged in court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

“The incident happened in April. He will be charged in court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” Edafe concluded.


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Three arraigned for allegedly stealing chickens worth N14.4m



Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth
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Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth N14,460,000 from a poultry farm.

The defendants, Dayo Olotun, 33, Oluwapelumi Okedairo, 23, and Umaru Mohammed, 20, whose addresses were not provided, pleaded not guilty to the two- count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Cpl. Akeem Akinloye told the court that Olotun, Okedairo and Umaru allegedly conspired and committed the offences between Nov. 30, 2023 and Aprl 29.

Akinloye said that the trio allegedly stole 1,121 layers and 84 cockerels from the Rizgate poultry farm at Idi- Ayunre area Ibadan, property of FIDAN Investment Ltd.

Akinloye said the offences contravened Sections 383, 390 (9) and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olabisi Ogunkanmi admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N4 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Ogunkanmi said one of the sureties must be a blood relation to each of the defendants , while the second sureties must be a landed property owner within the court jurisdiction.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till Aug. 13 for hearing. (NAN)


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Man who specializes in stealing phones during church service arrested



The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Babatunde Olaoluwa who specializes in stealing phones at worship centers.
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The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested one Babatunde Olaoluwa who specializes in stealing phones at worship centers.

He was apprehended after carting away seven mobile phones during a service at Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the public relations officer of the Command, DSP Sunday Abutu.

The statement reads: “Yesterday, at about 16:30hrs, one Babatunde Olaoluwa, a one man gang, who specializes in stealing phones from worship centers, was arrested after carting away seven different phones belong to different people from Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti.

“The suspect, who went to the church pretending to be one of their members, studied the worshippers and in the euphoria of praises, made away with seven phones.

“The suspect, during interrogation, confessed to have been operating around Oye and Ayegbaju-Ekiti, with churches as his target. He further confessed to have stolen a lot of phones from the Redeemed Christian Church of God and New Reality Christian Center, all in Oye-Ekiti.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect, after meeting his target, normally send the stolen phones through motor park to Lagos where his friend will assist him to sell them and send the proceeds back to him through online transfer.

“Meanwhile, the seven phones he stole during his last operation at Christ Apostolic Church, Ayegbaju-Ekiti, have been recovered from him and some victims of his atrocities showed up in the station and have identified the suspect and their stolen phones.

“The suspect will be arraigned accordingly immediately after the conclusion of investigation.”


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