NDLEA operatives have detained Mrs. Opoola Mujidat, a 27-year-old accused drug queen, for allegedly planting drugs concealed in fetish bowls on two male passengers traveling to Oman at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.
In a statement released Wednesday, Agency spokesman Femi Babafemi claimed that the bowls contained “scary native black soap and sponge.”
Babafemi said the passengers, Raji Babatunde Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi, were travelling together to Oman on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Monday when they were intercepted by NDLEA operatives at the airport.
“A search of their luggage revealed wraps of cannabis sativa hidden in bowls of native black soap and sponge packed into a bag containing food items, which Kazeem was carrying,” Babafemi said the statement.
“Both Kazeem and Omoniyi immediately alerted the anti-narcotic officers that Mujidat who was still within the vicinity gave the bag containing the illicit substance to them at the airport. She was promptly arrested. The lady accepted responsibility and stated that she brought the luggage for the two passengers to give to her husband in Oman.
“Mujidat, who hails from Oyo East LGA in Oyo State, confessed during preliminary interview that the bag containing the food items were packed by her with different items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance,” he said.
Babafemi also said that in Nasarawa State, NDLEA operatives intercepted over 91 jumbo bags of cannabis, weighing 1,029.5kg concealed in a truck mounted on a gas tank by Doma Road, around 500 Housing Estate, Lafia.
He said a 52-year-old suspect, Ernest Ojieh, was arrested in connection with the seizure on Saturday.
“This was barely four days after operatives at Agwan Doka, Lafia, seized 38 big bags of the same substance with a total weight of 367kg. Two suspects: Abdullahi Iliyasu, 30, and Bashir Mohammed, 29, were arrested over the seizure,” he said.
The spokesman also said that in Kaduna and Adamawa, over half a million pills of pharmaceutical opioids were seized and suspects arrested in raid operations across the two states.
“In Kaduna alone, 294,400 pills of Tramadol and Diazepam were seized from: Shaban Nasir, Aminu Usman and Shamsudeen Hussaini, along Abuja-Kaduna express road as well as Sa’idu Yahaya and Umar Abubakar, during a follow up operation in Kano, all on Friday 15th July.
“In the same vein, over 227,000 different grades of Tramadol tablets were seized during the raid of a patent medicine store at Sabon Layi, close to Mubi main market, Mubi North LGA, Adamawa State on Sunday 3rd July. Recovered from the store where a suspect, Nasiru Abubakar, 27, was arrested include Tramadol 250mg (aka Boko Haram); Royal Tramadol 225mg (aka Vectra); Tramaking Tramadol 225mg (aka Jan Dara); Tramadol 200mg (aka Dogari); and Tramadol 100mg(aka Green), among others.
“Another suspect, Idris Adamu, 25, was also arrested in a shoe shop in the same Sabon Layi where over 5,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were recovered from him.While commending the officers and men of the MMIA, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Adamawa Commands for the arrests, seizures and their dexterity, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) warned the drug cartels that no matter the ingenuity of their modes of concealment, the dedicated workforce of the Agency will always expose them and their tricks.”
Breaking: ICPC Detains D’banj Over Alleged Diversion Of N-Power Funds
Oladapo Oyebanji, better known by his stage name D’banj, has been detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the alleged misappropriation of N-Power budget.
Fidel Info reports that the musician was apprehended and held Tuesday when ICPC agents closed in on him and forced him to present himself at the agency’s Abuja headquarters.
D’banj allegedly avoided summons for weeks by claiming to be abroad for scheduled concerts each time he was asked to appear for questioning over fraud allegations.
The pop musician, a famous and wealthy Nigerian, is charged with defrauding the Nigerian government out of hundreds of naira intended for the N-Power project, an empowerment initiative launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 to combat youth unemployment and advance social development.
Investigators contend that D’banj conspired with some tainted government representatives to add fictitious beneficiaries to the scheme’s payroll. Then, the recipients get payments into accounts that are now purportedly connected to the pop star.
After the musician failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.
Sources say, on arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained. His plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.
Sources state that the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the musician to court.
Squid Game Actor O Yeong-su Charged With Sexual Misconduct
Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean judicial officials say.
Fidel Info reports that The 78-year-old is accused of touching a woman inappropriately in 2017, officials said.
Mr O has denied the allegation according to local media.
He became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series after his performance in the chart-topping Netflix thriller earlier this year.
The alleged victim first filed a complaint with the police against Mr O in December last year, according to Yonhap news agency. But the case was closed in April without a charge being brought against Mr O.
The prosecution has now reopened the investigation “at the request of the victim.”
Mr O has now been charged without detention, it adds.
Following the charge, Seoul’s culture ministry decided to stop broadcasting a government commercial featuring Mr O, according to local reports cited by AFP news agency.
Squid Game – Netflix’s most popular series of all time – is a thriller series which tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.
Mr O plays the oldest participant in the survival competition.
Insecurity: Bandits Impose Levies On Communities In Zamfara
A ‘compensation levy’ of varying amounts has reportedly been imposed on some communities in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State.
Fidel Info reports that a resident of Moriki, in one of the communities in the local council, Aliyu Buhari, said the bandits had, through released captives, demanded that they be paid the levy before residents will be allowed access to their farmlands.
Buhari said some communities have paid and agreed on a reconciliation deal with the bandits, adding that residents of Moriki are currently working on raising the levy.
“People living in Moriki ward were asked to pay the sum of N20 million to be able to enjoy some level of peace,” he said.
Recently, two people were kidnapped from Dauran community in the council and a ransom was paid for their release, while in Kanwa, over 40 people, who are mostly women, were abducted during a house-to-house search by the terrorists.
The bandits are yet to demand any ransom for the release of the abducted persons.
The bandits had earlier imposed a compensation levy of N20 million on Kanwa community. The levy is to serve as a peace deal between the terrorists and the community.
Despite paying the levy, the residents are currently living in tension, as they believe that the recent mass abduction may lead to another levy.
“Currently, people of Moriki community are processing how to contribute the compensation fee. The fee is to enable them to access their farmlands and live peacefully without any fear of attack,” Buhari continued.
Many communities have already paid the compensation fee. Most of them yielded during the rainy season when farmers needed to work on their farmlands.
“In Moriki, during the rainy season, people were allowed to farm, but they started to threaten our peace when it was time to harvest our farm produce.
“Each household in Moriki has been asked to contribute N6,500 to make up the N20 million levy.”
“I understand that the deadline for the payment was last week Saturday, but the community is still working towards sourcing the money.”
“Some communities that have been asked to pay compensation levy include Gidan Shaho, Kadamutsa, and Dada.”
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