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Customs Intercepts N4.3bn Cocaine, Arms Imported From South Africa, Canada

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The Tincan Island Command, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has impounded 56.39kg of cocaine and 955kg of Colorado Indica (marijuana). They are worth N4.3 billion.

The hard drugs were smuggled from South Africa and Canada.

Also, Customs intercepted arms and ammunition.

The Comptroller General of Customs, CAC, Adewale Adeniyi, disclosed this in a media conference on Thursday in Lagos. He said that the seized cocaine was worth N2.4 billion, while the marijuana was valued at N1.9 billion.

Furthermore, he said, the Command intercepted five pistols, 445 rounds of live ammunition and several empty pistol magazines.

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Adeniyi listed the seized items as 65 packets of Colarado Indica, weighing 32.5kg seized from 1X40FT container No. UACU 534833/6 imported from Canada.

According to him, “Others are 17 packets weighing 16.690kg confirmed to be cocaine, 151 packets Colarado Indica weighing 107 kg. Also, one piece Gen2 Air soft pistol with serial No. 471908, empty magazine, 49 rounds of 7.62 mm live ammunition and 197 rounds of 9mm live ammunition.

“Also recovered were precursor chemicals for the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, eight bags weighing 25kg tartaric acid, 100 kegs of unspecified substances seized from 1x40ft Container No. MSCU 458177/0 imported from Durban South Africa.

“40 packets weighing 39.7kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 1,026 packets weighing 688.2kg confirmed to be Colarado Indica. Two pistols without serial numbers, one pistol with SerialNo. AZYSRA6YSO12101181, three empty magazines, 275 rounds of 5.5mm M16 Tavor live ammunition.

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“Six rounds of 9mm blank ammunition seized from in 1x40ft container No. THRU 796807/1 and imported from Durban South Africa.

“226 packets weighing 128kg confirmed to be Cannabis Indica seized from 1x40ft Container No.MEDU 785276/3 imported from Durban South Africa,” the Custom boss said.

Adeniyi said cooperation with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, proved effective in pooling resources and intelligence.

Earlier, the Director-General of NDLEA, Buba Maruwa, said the interception speaks volumes about the hard work and diligence of security agencies.

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He said this while receiving the seized hard drugs from Customs. Maruwa was represented at the event by the spokesperson of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi.

He added that the seizure was a testament that just like the airports, the seaports are also secured.

Marwa said: “The Customs command and other units had diligently tracked the movement of the containers up to the time of their landing in our port.

“In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, NDLEA never hesitated to share intelligence with the Tincan Island Command of the NCS.

“We also requested that the command ensure the containers were pinned down for 100 percent examination,” he said.

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300 Level Nursing Student Commits Suicide In Ogun

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A 300-level student of Basic Medical Science of Havarde College of Science, Business and Management Studies, Obada-Oko, Abeokuta, simply identified as Ajoke has reportedly committed suicide on Monday evening.

The deceased, was said to have drank a poisonous substance, suspected to be sniper.

Her lifeless body, believed to be pregnant, was discovered in her off-campus hostel room.

Unconfirmed report has it that the depressed lady killed herself as soon as she found out that she was expecting a child.

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One of the deceased colleagues, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the deceased’s condition was worsened after finding out that the school had failed to meet up with the accreditation requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and could not be accredited for nursing, despite spending three years studying the course.

“For more than four months now, she (deceased) had been depressed because of the fact that the course she was studying was not accredited.

“She used to think and complain because she claimed her parents used all the money they have to send her to the school.

“Things now got worse when she discovered she was pregnant and she could not even have a certificate for the course she had done for years”, the source said.

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Meanwhile, the he Ogun State government has sealed the Nursing Department of the institution, for offering a degree programme in Nursing Sciences without accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

An enforcement team comprising of officials from the State Ministry of Health and members of the State Nursing and Midwifery Committee (SNMC), carried out the operation on Tuesday.

Speaking during the enforcement exercise, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Oladehinde, said such unauthorised programmes contributed to quackery in the profession, which posed a threat to the health of the populace, maintaining that the Nursing Department of the institution would remain closed until fully accredited.

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Dr. Oladehinde, who was represented by the Acting Director of Nursing Services, Mrs. Serifat Aminu, described a degree in Nursing obtained from Harvarde College and similar institutions without NMCN accreditation as worthless, explaining that graduates from such schools would be denied license to practice in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

We have discovered that many institutions, including Harvarde College, offer Nursing degrees to unsuspecting students. Our mission is to clamp down on such institutions because they end up producing quacks in the Nursing profession. This is dangerous for society. Unfortunately, most students are unaware that their time is being wasted”, he said.

The Permanent Secretary warned parents and candidates desiring to pursue Nursing or related programmes to be wary of institutions making false claims by checking the NMCN website for an updated list of accredited institutions, assuring that government would continue to checkmate quackery in the nursing profession.

 

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Gunmen Claim Six Lives, Destroy Houses, Vehicles In Katsina

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Gunmen suspected to be terrorists unleashed a wave of violence that claimed the lives of six individuals and left 10 others injured in Nasarawa village, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Confirming the tragic event, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, the State Police Public Relations Officer, revealed that the assailants, armed with sophisticated weapons including AK-47 rifles, descended upon the village on Monday night. In a relentless spree, “They shot and killed six (6) persons, injured about ten (10), and set ablaze three (3) houses and about ten (10) motor vehicles.” ASP Abubakar Aliyu stated.”

Amid the sorrow, a resident of Nasarawa village shared a chilling account of the horrors witnessed.

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He recounted how the terrorists killed a mad man and set ablaze another victim in the area.

He went on to reveal the grim aftermath, stating, “The bandits also killed two people in our neighbouring Madogara community.” The relentless brutality did not stop there; scores of residents were abducted, staple grain stores were looted, and motorcycles were burnt beyond recognition, leaving the community in a state of profound grief.

To restore normalcy back to the area, the Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Aliyu, has reportedly deployed tactical operational intelligence to the scene. The hope is to bring those responsible to justice and provide some solace to the shattered community.

 

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EFCC Grills Former Kwara Gov AbdulFatah Ahmed For Second Day Over ₦10bn

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Former Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed on Tuesday remained in the Custody of the Ilorin zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ilorin, the state capital, making about forty-eight hours he’s been under intense interrogation.

Meanwhile his former CPS, Abdulwahab Oba has lamented the frustration they were passing through in securing the bail conditions of his Principal, who he said had also been denied access to his doctors.

Vanguard Correspondent reliably gathered that the former governor who was being interrogated by the Antigraft agency on a N10BILLION projects executed during his tenure as the governor of the state was spending his second day at the office of the Commission.

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The former Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed who was reportedly invited at the weekend presented himself to the agency at about 9am on Monday and had remained in the office as at 7pm on Tuesday according to a source close to the Command.

When asked about the projects which the ex-governor was being grilled on, a source who craved anonymity said that he didn’t know the projects that he was invited to clarify at the office but added that “what I can tell you is that Ex-governor Ahmed is still with the EFCC and has not been released as at 7pm.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the former governor, Alhaji AbdulWahab Oba who eventually broke his silence on Tuesday on the development, confirmed the presence of his Principal in the custody of EFCC and complained about the delay in meeting his bail conditions.

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According to him: “Yes, he is still with the EFCC and we are now at a dilemma over the issue because they keep changing the goal post during the match. The case is taking a new dimension which we don’t really understand for now.

“Initially they said they wanted him to produce two sureties who are federal directors. The sureties came and were asked to provide landed properties in Abuja. We see this as a contradiction.

“The case was initially handled by the EFCC office in Abuja before it was transferred to Ilọrin over the issue of jurisdiction. Additionally, he has been denied access to his doctors, medication and direct access to his cook”, Oba said.

He charged the EFCC to follow due process and be seen to be transparent in their handling of the case as the former Governor has never defaulted in all previous invitations extended to him by the commission.

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