NDLEA Operatives arrest 25 Drug Suspects in Abuja
As many as twenty-five (25) drug suspects have been arrested in Abuja.They were apprehended by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in different raids in the Federal Capital Territory.Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the anti-narcotics agency, in a statement on Sunday, explained that New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons Camp located in the FCT is one of the places where the suspects were arrested.He explained that operatives in Abuja arrested 25 suspects in raids across Tora Bora, Gwarinpa village, Third Avenue in Gwarinpa, Karamo, Garki Market, Sabongari Bwari and New Kuchingoro IDPs camp, within the FCT.The NDLEA spokesperson further revealed, “Another bid to smuggle into Lagos a consignment of 24kgs cannabis concealed in imported used cars from Canada was again frustrated by NDLEA operatives who seized the illicit substance on Thursday, May 11, during a joint 100% examination of a container marked, MSMU 7412069, at the Prime Connection Bonded terminal, off Oshodi-Apapa expressway.”According to the spokesman, two clearing agents linked with the container, G.O. Njokwu and Christopher Obialor, have been arrested in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Customs Service.He also disclosed that two businessmen have both excreted 193 pellets of the illicit drug after three days in observatory custody, saying that they were arrested by operatives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.The statement said that on May 10, the traffickers, Onoh Ebere, 49, and Christian Ifeanyi, 47, were intercepted at the Abuja airport upon their arrival from Uganda via Addis Ababa, onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 951.He said that they both travelled to Uganda and from there crossed over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they picked the consignments before returning to Abuja with Lagos as their final destination.He added that after days in the excretion room, Ebere Onoh excreted a total of 100 pellets weighing 2.137kgs, while Christian Ifeanyi expelled 93 pellets hidden in his stomach with a gross weight of 1.986kgs.In the same vein, in Zaro bunk on Bama Road, Sabongari and the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, both in the Kano metropolis, Babafemi noted that NDLEA operatives also raided two notorious drug joints where 160 suspects were arrested with different quantities of illicit substances.According to him, Abubakar Sallau, 55, and Nazifi Abdullahi, 25, two suspects were arrested on Saturday, May 13, along Kano-Maiduguri Road, with 5,000 pills of Tramadol 200mg, while 65,200 tablets of Tramadol and Exol-5 were seized from the duo of Adamu Nagati, 30, and Ali Nasiru, 35.
Fuel Subsidy: Osun Govt threatens to seal stations hoarding petrol
The government of Osun state has warned filling stations against hoarding petroleum products in the state.In a statement signed by the state’s governor spokesman, Olawale Rasheed on Tuesday, the govt threatened to seal filling stations found guilty and prosecute the operators.The removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech at Eagle Square on Monday, immediately after he was sworn in.“Any fuel station found guilty of hoarding fuel to create artificial scarcity shall be sealed off and operators prosecuted for the crime of economic sabotage,” Adeleke said.It added that the removal of fuel subsidy by Tinubu has caused unnecessary hardship for the people of the state.“This deliberate action is not only inhumane but unpatriotic and will not be allowed by the government. To this end, the Special Monitoring Team on fuel scarcity set up by His Excellency, Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye is still effective and shall not condone any form of economic sabotage.“As from today, May 30, 2023, the Committee shall begin special monitoring of all the filling stations across the state in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders,” it added.However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has supported the decision of Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.The head of the company, Mele Kyari explained that the company had been spending a significant portion of its profits on the product subsidy.However, he assured Nigerians that there was no need for panic buying as the company had enough product to supply the country for the next 30 days.
Fuel Hike: Tinubu’s thoughtless announcement responsible – Sowore
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 25 presidential election has lashed out at President Bola Tinubu. This followed Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy. Reacting to the resurfacing of queues, Sowore said that Tinubu’s “thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over the country.” Recall that marketers and operators have increased petrol pump prices to N210-N500 per litre, following the confirmation of fuel subsidies removal by Tinubu’s administration. In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sowore claimed that the nation’s elites don’t care about Nigerians. He wrote, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement has already triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over Nigeria. This is why Nigerians must understand that nothing good will come out the Nigerian Elite-in and out- of power. They’re always after you. They don’t care about you! #Revolutionnow.”
Mbappe wins French best player award for fourth successive time
Kylian Mbappe has won Ligue 1 player of the season for the fourth successive time. He achieved the feat after helping Paris Saint-Germain win a record 11th French title. The France star has scored 28 goals in the league this term and is on course to finish as the division’s top scorer for the fifth season running. “It’s a pleasure, I always wanted to win, to write my name into the league’s history. But even with all the ambition I have I didn’t expect to win so quickly,” said Mbappe on receiving his award. Mbappe, scorer of 40 goals this campaign, snubbed Real Madrid at the end of last season and signed a new three-year contract to stay with PSG. According to reports, the 24-year-old’s contract will run out next year unless he exercises an option to stay until 2025. Asked about his future at the awards ceremony, Mbappe replied: “I will be here again next season.” He is the first four-time winner of a prize first awarded in 1994, surpassing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who won the accolade on three occasions with PSG. Franck Haise of Lens was named coach of the season after leading the club to second place and a return to Champions League football for the first time in two decades. Lens goalkeeper Brice Samba was also honoured while Paris Saint-Germain left-back Nuno Mendes earned the best young player award. He was one of four PSG players in the team of the season alongside Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Achraf Hakimi.
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