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Nigerian, Ibe Chukwuma Nabbed Trafficking Cocaine From Brazil, Alleges For Financing His Wedding |RN

Suspect, Ibe Augustie Chukwuma

by Adegbenga Ayinla

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, #NDLEA, has frustrated the bid by a Brazilian-based Nigerian to smuggle into Nigeria 5 Kkilograms of pure Cocaine from Brazil.
Ibeh Augustine Chukwuma had arrived the airport via Ethiopian Airline, with a maximum ECOLAC bag which was found to contain the illicit drug consignment.

Chukwuma, aged 36, has been a resident of Sao Palo, Brazil where he worked in a construction company since 2011.

According to him, he had approached another Nigerian living in Brazil for financial support for his forthcoming traditional marriage in Nigeria and was promised the sum of N500, 000 if he could deliver the drug consignment to an unknown person who will receive him at the airport in Abuja.

Chukwuma, a primary school leaver, who said his two parents are aged admitted that he was fully aware of the content of the bag but offered to carry it because of the pressing financial need.

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“His name is Emmanuel Paul. He deals in food stuff along with operating a restaurant. He is my friend. I asked him for financial assistance for my marriage and he said he cannot give me the money until I carry the cocaine. He actually told me that it is drug but I have no choice”.  (Gistmania)

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Patience Jonathan Petitions Reps, Alleges Harassment By EFCC, NDLEA |RN

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                        Patience Jonathan

 

John Ameh, Abuja

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, has petitioned the House of Representatives, seeking protection against alleged “relentless” harassment by agents of the Federal Government, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mrs Jonathan also listed the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Inland Revenue Service among agencies of the government that were allegedly harassing her.

She alleged that the agencies had continued to attack her and her associates since her husband left office in May 2015.

Mrs Jonathan’s petition was laid before the House in Abuja on Thursday by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Mr Gogo Bright-Tamuno, on behalf of her lawyers, Granville Abibo.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, admitted the petition and referred it to the Committee on Public Petitions for hearing.

She claimed that on many occasions, the EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, ordered raids to be carried out on property linked to her or her relations in a bid to ridicule her.

She stated that the raids were in addition to the freezing of all her bank accounts, non-governmental organisations and those of companies owned by her relations in violation of legal procedures.

Mrs Jonathan further alleged that raids on her property were often carried out in the absence of the occupants of such properties with “spurious” court orders.

The former President’s wife complained that she had yet to know why out of all the “former first ladies” in Nigeria, she was the only one singled out for harassment by the agents of the Federal Government.

The petitioner cited 13 of such instances, one of which she said was the February 2017 report against her by Magu to the authorities in the United Kingdom to “forestall the renewal of her visa and other travelling documents.”

Mrs Jonathan also alleged that there were assassination attempts on her life twice between February and April by EFCC agents.

The petition partly read, “Only recently, on the 8th and 9th June 2017, the EFCC commenced another fresh orchestration of raids on the personal properties of the NGOs of our client situate at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, Mabuchi by Setraco Junction, Abuja and ransacked the building.

“They placed seals around it, all without any lawful court order or summons.

“The recent action has agitated the urgent need for this petition to your office. The harassment against our client has persisted unabated.” (Punchng.com)

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NDLEA Nabs Two For Drug Importation To U.S, Qatar |The Republican News

Kunle Falayi

A 59-year-old contractor, Okechukwu Joseph, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for ingesting heroin, which he was smuggling to New York.

Also arrested is a 41-year-old safety officer, Nnaji Austine, who was exporting Cannabis and Tramadol to Qatar.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the NDLEA, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, Joseph was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight to New York while Austine was arrested as he tried to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Doha.

NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, was quoted as saying that Okechukwu, who was put under observation, later excreted 1.105kg of heroin.

Austine on the other hand reportedly concealed 11.54kg of cannabis and 490g of Tramadol in his luggage.

The suspects are currently being investigated by a team of narcotic officers.

Joseph, an Imo State indigene living in Surulere, Lagos, said he turned to drug smuggling because he was hugely indebted.

But Austine, an Enugu State indigene, told the NDLEA that the luggage did not belong to him. He said he was helping his friend out.

He said, “l work as a safety officer in Qatar and I came to Nigeria to see my parents and make arrangements for my marriage.

“My friend in Qatar called me and asked me to bring some foodstuff to him. When the bag was given to me at the airport, I almost rejected it because it was too heavy. Unfortunately, it contained drugs which were detected by officers.”

The Chairman of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.), said that the agency had perfected strategies to detect hidden drugs, adding that the suspects would be charged to court soon.  (Punchng.com)

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Father Of Five Excretes 73 Wraps Of Cocaine |The Republican News

Kunle Falayi

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An Anambra State indigene and father of five, 49-year-old Tochukwu Nwafor, has been nabbed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for ingesting 73 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.699kg.

According to the agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the suspect was on his way to Dubai, when he was nabbed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during a routine check on the passengers of an Ethiopian Airline flight.

NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan, said that when the suspect was discovered to have ingested drugs, he was put on observation.

“While under observation, he excreted 73 wraps of cocaine that weighed 1.699kgs” Hamisu stated.

Nwafor said he was offered N1.5m to smuggle the drugs to Dubai.

According to his statement, he lives in Lagos with his wife and five children and got involved in the drug smuggling business because of economic hardship.

“I thought it would be easy to go undetected,” Nwafor said.

Chairman of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.), called on members of the public to avoid falling into the trap of drug cartels who deceive them into thinking drug smuggling is very easy.

“They offer them money to smuggle drugs but will not tell them they will be caught in the process. Unfortunately, most drug couriers only understand that they are being used when they have been caught,” he said.

The NDLEA said Nwafor would soon be charged to court.  (Punchng.com)

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