The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday impounded six vehicles containing 1,687 kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa in Edo State.
The State Commander of NDLEA, Buba Wakawa, said the vehicles were impounded at Agenebode in Etsako West local government of Edo state.
He said the operation which based on intelligence report was carried out by the Auchi Area Command of the agency.
He added that the estimated street value of the seized drugs is N25m while that of the six vehicles is N10m, bringing the total losses suffered by the cartel to N35 million.
Wakawa said the drivers of the vehicles escaped, leaving behind their vehicles and drugs.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the cartel targeted the emergency created by the Coronavirus epidemic for a massive shipment of drugs but the command swiftly nipped their nefarious plan in the bud.
“Edo State is notorious for the cultivation of Cannabis; therefore as drug control managers, we have adopted both primary and secondary strategies to check this criminal act. We do this by tracing and destroying cannabis farms as well as intercepting harvested and processed Cannabis before it gets to the final consumers,” he said.
Wakawa added that the drugs and the vehicles would be forfeited to the federal government, noting that Section 32 sub-section (C) of the NDLEA Act on asset forfeiture states that all seized items shall be forfeited.
“The law also recognizes the seizure of drugs and forfeiture of assets as forms of punishment aimed at incapacitating drug trafficking syndicates financially,” he said.
He, however, lamented the challenge of operational vehicles confronting the command and appealed to the State Governor, Me. Godwin Obaseki to assist the command with utility vehicles in order to broaden the scope of operations.
Man, who hacked policeman to death in Minna, arrested three years after crime
Three years after allegedly participating in the brutal murder of the Divisional Crime Officer, Kpakungu Police Division, DSP Aaron Sunday, a suspect had landed in police net.
WuzupNigeria gathered that Musa Usman, aka Musa Kaura, of the Maitumbi area, Minna, was trailed and arrested by detectives attached to the Maitumbi Division following a tip-off.
It was learnt that the suspect was one of the hoodlums, who hacked the DCO to death on March 3, 2017, and fled to Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the gang had been terrorising residents of Minna before killing the police officer.
Usman told our correspondent that he never knew that police operatives were still trailing him after three years of participating in Sunday’s killing.
“I never knew that the police would get at me; I thought they had forgotten about the case, not knowing that my cup would be full one day and I would be arrested after three years.
“I have learnt my lesson in a hard way and I advice young men to always stay out of trouble and be useful to themselves, because living rough will not help anybody; rather, it will ruin your life forever.”
The command’s spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the arrest, saying Usman was one of those who murdered the DCO three years ago.
“There is no hiding place for evildoers; the hoodlum (Usman) never knew that one day, the police would arrest him for the offence he committed years back. This will serve as a deterrent to others, who may think that they will get away with evil,” Abiodun said.
IG’s forensic team in Edo to investigate UNIBEN student’s death
A student of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, has been raped and murdered in cold blood but the tragic incident seems unending as it continues to generate anger and strong condemnation across the country.
The 22-year-old was gang-raped last week at a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) auditorium in Benin, the Edo State capital and later died from a head injury in hospital.
Reacting to the sad development, a team of forensic investigators has been deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the state to unravel the death.
According to report, the deceased, Omosuwa, a first-year student had gone to read in the church when she was attacked by her assailants who reportedly forced their way into the church, raped and struck Omosuwa in the head with a fire extinguisher.
Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba, on Monday, said in a statement the police chief promised that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.
“As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, the Inspector-General of Police has deployed additional investigation aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite action in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.
“The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time,” the statement read.
Man, 45, bags 15-year jail term for raping his tenant’s niece
An Igbosere High Court in Lagos, on Monday, sentenced an ex-staff of an oil company, James Onuoha, to 15 years at the correctional centre for raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye sentenced Onuoha, 42, and an engineer, without an option of fine.
On Jan. 14, the court had adjourned the case until March 25, for judgment, after the parties adopted their final written addresses.
But judgement could not be pronounced due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, which led to the lockdown of almost all sectors of the economy in March, including the Judiciary.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, the Lagos State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, and the defence counsel, Dr Victor Olowonla, announced their appearance.
Before the verdict was handed down, Olowonla, in his allocutions, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as Onuoha was a first-time offender.
“My lord, he is a first-time offender; he is a family man with wife and children, and also the breadwinner of his family.
“He has lost his job since this case came up; going by the circumstances of this case, I urge my lord to temper justice with mercy,” he said.
Onouah, who was charged to court by the Lagos State Government, was first arraigned in January 2016 at the Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on defilement.
Onuoha was remanded in Kirikiri correctional centre pending legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Following his indictment by the DPP, the case was transferred to the high court for trial.
The state government accused Onuoha of committing the alleged offences on Jan. 4, 2016, at No.25, Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Ike-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos.
The prosecution said the defendant willfully had an unlawful sexual act with the teenager.
He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Onuoha, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, hence the prosecution opened its case and called witnesses, including the victim.
After the prosecution closed its case, Onuoha opened his defence, narrating to the court how he visited his house at the above address to ask for rent from his tenant who was not at home at the time of his visit.
Onuoha said the victim was the only person at home, adding that he entered the apartment to inspect it and thereafter gave the victim N1, 000 as Christmas gift.
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