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NDLEA seizes hard drugs work N1.2bn in Akwa Ibom

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During normal operations in the state, the Akwa Ibom State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently made arrests and seized other items worth N2 billion as well as 90 kilograms of a hard drug substance believed to be amphetamine.

This information was made public yesterday at the NDLEA’s second public destruction of illicit drug displays in the state.

Speaking about the development, Mr. Moses Ekpo, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, said the government will do everything within its power to help the state and Nigeria as a whole reach a zero case profile in drug-related offenses.

The occasion, which the deputy governor called “epochal,” was a testament to the agency’s efforts and the result of their productive partnership with the state government, according to the deputy governor.

He praised Brigadier General Buba Marwa’s (ret.) leadership of the organization and noted how his appointment had improved the agency’s reputation for effectiveness across the country.

He claims that the NDLEA’s actions have increased the number of drug seizures, arrests, and convictions at key drug corridors around the nation.

He mentioned that the agency’s state command recently made an arrest and seized 90 kilograms of a material believed to be amphetamine, along with other seizures that were identified during routine operations and had an estimated street value of $1 million.

“This has obviously rubbed off on the Akwa Ibom State office, with the result that we have been able to more effectively contain the challenges of drug abuse and illicit trafficking,” he stated.

He commended other security agencies for their support of the work of NDLEA while acknowledging the role and contributions of the United States government and the United Nations to the agency’s success story.

The deputy governor pleaded with the federal government to grant NDLEA additional cash so that it can not only support state offices but also acquire the equipment necessary to launch a revolution in the war against harmful drug use.

In his opinion, there wouldn’t be any more weeds to burn in the near future if the current pace of work in combating the epidemic of drug misuse was maintained with the help of non-state actors and parents.

“I call on Nigerians to team up with government in the war against drug-use and illicit trafficking. The negative implications of drug-abuse are far- reaching, including adverse effects on the health of our people, avoidable road accidents and drug-related criminality,” Ekpo appealed.

He stated that the NDLEA not only works to apprehend and prosecute drug offenders but also actively combats the epidemic by launching aggressive drug awareness and sensitization campaigns that are directed at at-risk adolescents and other groups.

He said that the organization had just opened a 24-hour, toll-free phone center for the public to use if they needed assistance with drug-related issues.

Marwa welcomed the commitment and support of the federal, state, and other partners in driving drugs out of Nigeria.

Cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin, and other psychoactive narcotics were among the drugs that were eliminated.

 

 

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Governor Umo Eno Redirects Birthday Celebrations to Support the Underprivileged

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In a heartfelt appeal, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has asked his friends and well-wishers to forego the usual newspaper or television birthday greetings and gifts for his upcoming birthday on April 24, 2024.

Instead, the Governor has urged them to dedicate the day to supporting the underprivileged by donating the intended gifts to orphanages and vulnerable communities.

Governor Eno emphasized that the most meaningful gift his friends could offer would be to visit orphanages and homes for the vulnerable, bringing them food and other helpful items. He requested that they take photos of these visits and send them to him to create a birthday album. “These pictures would be more appreciated than any newspaper advertorial and will serve as the best birthday present,” he stated.

This unique approach to celebrating his landmark birthday reflects Governor Eno’s longstanding commitment to the welfare of the downtrodden and aligns with his gratitude for the blessings he has received. Conscious of the current economic climate, Governor Eno has decided against any lavish celebrations for his birthday.

Additionally, Governor Eno plans to use his birthday as an opportunity to inaugurate several major infrastructure projects. These include a multibillion-naira 1.3 km underground flood control tunnel, the restoration of surface drains and walkways, as well as road rehabilitation works. These projects underscore the advancements made in his first 10 months in office.

The day will conclude with a Thanksgiving Service at 4 p.m. at the International Christian Worship Centre in Uyo, celebrating both the governor’s life and the progress of Akwa Ibom State. The service is open to all residents and visitors who wish to express their gratitude and support.

Governor Eno’s redirection of his birthday celebrations toward charitable acts and community service sets a compelling example of leadership and community engagement.

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EFCC Commences Probe into Eight Suspects for Alleged Illegal Oil Bunkering in Akwa Ibom

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the initiation of an investigation into eight individuals suspected of engaging in illegal oil bunkering activities in Akwa Ibom State.

According to EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale, who issued a statement in Uyo on Tuesday, the suspects were apprehended for dealing in petroleum products without the appropriate licensing.

Though the identities of the suspects were not disclosed, Oyewale stated that they were arrested by the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ibaka, on February 23 while aboard a wooden boat named MV Jasmine.

“The suspects were apprehended in possession of 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude oil, stored in four plastic tanks,” he added.

Oyewale further mentioned that the suspects and the confiscated exhibits were handed over to the EFCC on April 3 by the Commanding Officer of FOB Ibaka, Capt. Uche Aneke.

Assuring a thorough investigation into the matter, the EFCC spokesperson reiterated the commission’s commitment to addressing illegal oil bunkering activities.

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Police Officers Injured in Cult Attack During Undercover Mission in Akwa Ibom State

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Two officers of the Nigeria Police Force, reportedly on an undercover mission, were severely injured by suspected cult members in Akwa Ibom State.

Reports revealed that the officers narrowly escaped being lynched but suffered multiple machete and projectile assaults by the criminals.

According to sources, the incident occurred when the officers, from the Abak local government area divisional headquarters, went to Ibong Ikot Akpan Abasi Village, Otoro Clan in Abak local government area to arrest a wanted criminal known as Udo. They succeeded in apprehending the suspect but encountered vehicle trouble on their way back to the station.

The criminals, led by Udo, raised an alarm claiming they were being kidnapped by unknown persons. This prompted youths from the community to mobilize and attack the officers with machetes and other weapons, despite their attempts to show their identity cards.

The severity of the attack left the officers with bruises all over their bodies, and they were later evacuated to a hospital for treatment after intervention from the paramount ruler of Abak. The police authorities have confirmed the incident and assured that the injured officers are receiving medical attention.

The state commissioner of police, Mr. Waheed Ayilara, has directed a specialized investigation team to work with other security agencies to apprehend the wanted criminal and his accomplices responsible for the assault.

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