NDLEA Intercepts 1.2 Million Tramadol Pills in Recent Operations
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has been busy cracking down on drug trafficking in the country, as evidenced by recent seizures in Kogi and Gombe states. In two separate operations, NDLEA operatives seized over 1.2 million pills of opioids, indicating a significant amount of drugs that could have potentially been distributed on the streets.
In addition, anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos disrupted the activities of a drug syndicate that operates between Nigeria, East Africa, and Europe. Two members of the cartel were arrested, and 3.00 kilograms of heroin were recovered. The drug syndicate networks between Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique in East Africa, and Europe.
Further, NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA intercepted a jerrycan of palm oil bound for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which was found to contain 600 grams of cannabis sativa. A suspect, Tunde Ogunbowale, who presented the consignment for export to Dubai, was arrested.
The NDLEA officers also thwarted an attempt to export 2.7kg of cannabis packaged as part of dried onions to Dubai through a postal service firm. The carton was filled with colorful sachets of dried onions, which were used to conceal the illicit consignment.
In Kogi state, NDLEA operatives seized 530,160 pills of tramadol and 99,000 tabs of diazepam from a bus driver coming from Onitsha, Anambra state and going to Kontagora in Niger State. On the same day, 576,100 pills of tramadol were intercepted in Gombe State, concealed in bags of rubber slippers. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizure.
In Kaduna, NDLEA operatives recovered 367 kilograms of cannabis sativa from a vehicle, resulting in the arrest of two suspects. The suspects attempted to offer a bribe of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,200,000) to the NDLEA officers, which was documented as part of exhibits to prosecute the suspects.
In Delta state, NDLEA operatives arrested a local female distiller of cannabis sativa and dry gin, Ebi Akpotudua, who was producing a cocktail drink popularly known as monkey tail. She was found with 19.5 liters of monkey tail and 22.2kg cannabis.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officers of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of MMIA, DOGI, Kogi, Gombe, Kaduna, and Delta Commands for their professionalism and staying focused. He charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the heat on drug cartels. These recent seizures demonstrate the agency’s commitment to tackling drug trafficking in Nigeria and protecting the health and safety of citizens.
Lagos State Police Command Launch Investigation into the Death of Yul Edochie’s Son
The Lagos State Police Command has launched an investigation into the death of Kambilichukwu, the son of popular actor, Yul Edochie. According to reports, Edochie had reported the death of his son to the Lagos State Police Command and the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the development on Friday, saying that the matter would be forwarded to the State Criminal Investigation Department today.
Kambilichukwu, who was only 16 years old, died on Thursday morning after developing a seizure and was rushed to the Mother and Child Hospital in Lagos. This tragic news has sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry and beyond, as people struggle to come to terms with the sudden loss of such a young life.
Yul Edochie had celebrated his son’s 16th birthday just two months prior to his untimely death, sharing a heartfelt message on his verified Instagram account. He wrote, “A very happy 16th birthday to my first son, Kambilichukwu Leo Yul-Edochie. May God lead and protect you always. With many more happy years. Daddy loves you.”
It is reported that Kambilichukwu developed a seizure while playing football, which led to his untimely death. The exact cause of his seizure is not yet known, and the police investigation aims to shed light on what happened and provide answers for the grieving family.
This devastating news serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment we have with our loved ones. Our hearts go out to Yul Edochie and his family during this difficult time, and we hope that the investigation provides them with the closure they need to begin the healing process.
TASUED Lecturer Arraigned by ICPC for Demanding Sexual and Monetary Gratification from Female Student
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a lecturer of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) for demanding sexual and monetary gratification from a female student of the institution. Dr Balogun Olaniran, who was the Head of the Department of Religious Studies at TASUED, was brought before Hon. Justice Osinuga of the Ijebu-Ode High Court, sitting in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on a one-count charge for violating Section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
According to the statement by the ICPC’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua on Friday, the defendant was arraigned on Monday 27th March 2023. The ICPC Counsel informed the court how the defendant demanded sexual benefits or a payment of N100,000 from a female student with a promise to alter her academic grades between October and November 2021.
The charge read, “within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, corruptly demanded sexual benefit or payment of the sum of N100,000 for himself from (name withheld), a female student, on account of a favour to be afterwards shown her in the discharge of his official duties as a lecturer and Head of Department of Religious Studies at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, to wit, offering to alter her academic grades from fail to pass in courses with codes EDU 311 and EDU 312.”
Despite pleading not guilty, the trial judge, Justice Osinuga admitted the defendant to bail of N500,000 with a surety in like sum. The surety must provide evidence of 3 years of tax clearance and evidence of means. The matter was then adjourned to the 11th of May 2023 for the commencement of trial.
It is important to note that the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) had previously suspended Dr Olaniran Balogun, who was declared wanted by the ICPC for allegedly abusing his office and demanding gratification on August 28th, 2022. The university management had relieved Balogun of his position and had placed him on interdiction until he cleared himself of all allegations of misdemeanours brought against him by the anti-graft agency.
This case highlights the rampant issue of sexual harassment and corruption in educational institutions in Nigeria. It is important for authorities to take strong actions against such actions to ensure that students are not subjected to such unethical practices. The ICPC’s action against Dr Olaniran Balogun is a step in the right direction in addressing the issue.
Canadian Government Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill
The Canadian government has recently condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023, which was passed in Uganda and is now awaiting President Museveni’s assent. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau has strongly denounced the law, calling it “despicable” and stating that it directly violates the rights of LGBTQ communities around the world. He urged world leaders, particularly those in the Commonwealth, to reject the legislation and condemn it in the strongest terms possible.
In response to the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality bill, the Canadian government summoned Uganda’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Joy Ruth Acheng, who is also the Dean of the African Group. She was grilled for hours by the Canadian authority, and it was demanded that the Ugandan government withdraw the law immediately. The Canadian government threatened to sever all bilateral engagements and partnerships, including suspending visa rights, if the Anti-Homosexuality law is not repealed.
It has also been revealed that the Canadian government has withdrawn various mandates from Acheng as the Dean of the African Group and has revoked her invitation to attend the address by US President Joe Biden to the Canadian parliament. The Canadian authority has further announced the decision to suspend permission to allow Acheng to participate in any subsequent high-level meeting until the law is withdrawn.
The Canadian government is considering options to support the LGBTQ community in Uganda and has warned that no tourists or investors from Canada will come to Uganda if the bill is not withdrawn. Trudeau has asked lawmakers to “reconsider” the bill, which has been described as “appalling and abhorrent.” Canada also intends to cut diplomatic ties with Uganda once the proposed law is not withdrawn by the government.
The US government has also urged Museveni to block the legislation passed by lawmakers, and officials are publicly floating the idea of economic sanctions on Uganda, even if it hampers development dollars aimed at preventing the spread of AIDS. The United States government warned Uganda of dire consequences if the bill is not withdrawn. US President Joe Biden emphasized the need for more synergies to defend human rights across the world during his address to the Canadian parliament last week.
The actions of the Canadian and US governments demonstrate a commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community and promoting equality worldwide. These countries are leading by example in condemning discriminatory legislation and taking concrete steps to support marginalized communities. It is hoped that other world leaders will follow suit and take similar actions to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected and upheld.
Mr Eazi Makes History with Four Certificates and First Nigerian to Win Latin Grammy
Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Mr Eazi, has made history by becoming the first Nigerian artist to win a Latin GRAMMY and receive nominations in four categories at the 21st edition of the annual Latin GRAMMY awards. His nominations and win were for his contribution to the albums of J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
Eazi was a featured artist on the song Arcoíris off ‘Colores – J Balvin’ which won the Best Urban Album category, and also on ‘Oasis – J Balvin x Bad Bunny’ album in the same category. Mr Eazi’s contributions on both Oasis and Colores were widely acclaimed for their genre-bending sound and innovative approach to Latin music. The featured tracks COMO UN BEBÉ and Acoiris have garnered over 198 Million streams and 54 Million streams respectively on Spotify alone, helping to bring a fresh perspective to the projects.
He has now officially received certificates for being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Album of the year 2020, being a featured artist on Oasis by J Balvin/ Bad Bunny for Best Urban Album 2020, being a composer on Colores Album of the year 2020, and being a featured artist on Colores by J Balvin – Best Urban Album (Winner) 2020.
Mr Eazi’s success in the Latin music world is a testament to his talent and his commitment to breaking down barriers and creating a truly global sound. He has proven that music transcends borders and that with hard work and dedication, one can achieve anything. His achievements have also served as an inspiration to other African artists seeking to make a mark on the global stage.
In addition to his music career, Mr Eazi has also made significant strides as an entrepreneur, launching emPawa Africa, a talent incubation program that helps emerging artists from Africa to build their careers. His success in both music and entrepreneurship has made him a role model to many young Africans.
Mr Eazi is scheduled to release a new body of work later this year, and fans are eagerly anticipating what promises to be another groundbreaking project from the talented artist. With his recent accomplishments, there is no doubt that he will continue to push the boundaries and cement his place as one of the most innovative and dynamic artists in the industry.
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