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Don’t Destroy My Indian Hemp Farm, Kill Me Instead – Suspect Tells NDLEA

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A suspected Indian hemp farmer, Clement Akor, has begged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to take his life instead of destroying his 10-hectare cannabis plantation.

Akor, a 42-year-old father of six from Enabo village in the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, and his accomplice, David Ameh, were arrested by the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA.

Akor, who claimed to have invested so much in the business and could not afford to lose everything, said he learnt dealing in Indian hemp from Owo, Ondo State.

The suspect, who cried profusely and attempted to stop the men of the NDLEA, led by the commander, Alfred Adewumi, from destroying his farm in Oketepe, Okula community, about 10 kilometres from Ejule, said he preferred to die than watch the officers destroy what he worked hard for in the last one year.

He noted that he was aware of the ban on the sale of Indian hemp, but insisted that it was a risky business.

Akor stated, “I am the owner of this farm. I learnt it in Yorubaland. When I cultivated the produce last year, it was stolen. So, this year, I bought the seed from Yorubaland and planted it before I was caught.

“The Indian hemp business is by luck. In this farm, I can get many bags. I do sell one bag for N20,000, depending on the area where I am selling it to. It can be me more. I spent N12,000 on cultivating this farm. It is better for you people to kill me than destroy this farm.”

“This is my business. I spent a lot to allow this plant to grow up to this level. In the next two weeks, I am supposed to harvest it. Now, you people have come here to destroy it. Just kill me so that I won’t see you people destroying what I have laboured for. I am looking for money because I am illiterate. I don’t want to engage in armed robbery or kidnapping, that is why I am into this business of Indian hemp cultivation and sale.”

Adewumi, however, calmed him down but insisted that the war against illicit drug use was on course in the state.

Addressing journalists shortly after the destruction of the farm, Adewumi lamented the increasing wave of cultivation illicit and use of cannabis sativa in the state.

He stated that the two suspects were arrested through intelligent gathering by officers of his command.

The commander noted that the latest breakthrough came three days after the command arrested Endurance Samson and Abah Sunday for alleged possession of 36.2 kilograms of Indian hemp.

Adewumi stated, “What you are seeing today is certainly more than three football fields put together.  Just look around that is a huge expanse of cultivated cannabis land. We just left the first farm, which is equally a huge cannabis plantation.

“This is very unfortunate. I am worried about this unfortunate development. I have thought that Kogi State will not descend to this point. As things stand today, it will be self denial to begin to say that Kogi State is not planting cannabis sativa, because the evidence itself suggests the fact that there is high rate of cannabis sativa cultivation in the state.”

He added that the suspects would be charged as soon as investigation was concluded into the case.

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NSCDC Boss Becomes Fellow of Institute of Criminology, Says ‘I Won’t Rest on My Oars’

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By Eric Elezuo

The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Lagos State Command, Commandant Ayeni PK, has been honoured with the DISTINGUISHED FELLOW of the Institute of Criminology and Strategic Studies.

The investiture, which was conducted with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, was performed by the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle, at Alausa – Ikeja, of the Commandant.

During the course of the event, a brief citation of the Commandant was presented, before he was inducted, decorated and certified.

The honour bestowed on the Commandant is seen as the most prestigious award of the Institute to any person.

In his remarks, the Commandant extended his heartfelt appreciation to the Almighty God for His mercies and for sparing everyone’s life to the present. He also lauded the Institute for considering him for the honours.

Furthermore,  he specially thanked the Chairman Governing Council of the Institute and the immediate past Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin Phd OFR psc+, saying he was grateful to him for being a great inspiration.

In his key note address, the Institute’s Registrar-General, Dr S.A. Adekunle, remarked that the mandate of the Institute, is to train and retrain members. T

“The Institute also identifies various sources of crimes and proffer solutions, before the commission of such crimes,” he said.

He stressed that Commandant Ayeni PK is one of the best Commandants the Corps has produced in recent times, affirming that selection of awardees is being done without any form of bias or prejudice.

“His selection is informed by his high-level performance, and doggedness towards ensuring the security and safety of lives and property, in Lagos State. His hardwork and and dedication to duty amidst other professional and administrative qualities are also some of the reasons, for his investiture today,,” the Registrar concluded.

“This is another inspiration for me to do more and give my best to my father land. I will therefore, not rest on my oars,” Ayeni promised while requesting the Institute to develop a training programme for officers and men of the Command.

Among officers of 1.DCthe Corps who attended the event were Obimma Frederick ( 2ic to the Commandant), 2. DC Paul O. Shomide ( HOD Administration), 3. DC Jayeola Margaret ( HOU Anti- Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit), 4. CSC Atolagbe Mohammed ( S A to the Commandant), 5. SC Durodola Abdullahi ( HOU Protocol), 6. ASCI Abolurin Oluwaseun O. ( PRO).

There were also members of the Institute present, and they were the Registrar-General, Dr S. A. Adekunle; the Registrar, Revd John Olagunju; the Deputy Registrar, Mr Gideon Ogundare; Director, Education and Training,  Dr Adeniran Adewale S.; Director, Membership, Mrs  Nwobodo Ijeoma; Director, Media and Publicity, Ovi John Aziamagba and Mr Odunlami Davidson, Asst Director Management Services.

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Tincan Island Port Customs Declares N112.7bn Income in Three Months

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The Tincan Island Ports had declared its revenue earnings for a three months period covering January to March 2021.

The revenue earnings for the period under review stood at One Hundred and Twelve Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Eight Naira, Sixty-Six Kobo (N112,695,693,158.66), which shows an improvement of about 21.05Billion (23%) when compared with Revenue earnings of 91Billion In the first quarter of the previous year 2020.

This improvement, according to a press statement signed by the Area Controller, M.B.A. Musa, is in spite of the twin threat to lives and livelihood posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, noting that the Command had inspired their officers to continue to work hard while observing all the safety measures to achieve the best of performances through the use of technology and collaboration.

“We kept our lines of communication open and concerted effort was made to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted,” he said.

The statement also noted that during the period under review, anti-smuggling activities yielded result with a spectacular seizure of cocaine weighing 43.110kg concealed in Raw Bulk Sugar, arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the seizure and detaining of the vessel MV SPAR SCORPIO.
The Command has handed over the case file, suspects and the vessel to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.

The Command has also put various trade facilitation measures in place to help ensure stress-free engagement with clients, customers and the Nigerian public. The statement observes as follows

“The Command has put measures in place with a view to ensuring that legitimate trades are given expeditious attention.

“Accordingly, the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Help Desk have been re-jigged with a mandate to attend very expeditiously to all Trade related disputes. We have also reinvigorated the use of inter-modal transport system (Use of Barges for Cargo movement in line with Global Best Practices.”

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NSCDC Arrest 50 Armed Herders in Ekiti, Cross River, Borno

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Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has said operatives of the security outfit have arrested 50 armed herders.

The armed herders, he said, were arrested in different parts of the country, including Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states.

NAN reports that Audi spoke on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting licences to private guard operators.

He said: “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping.

“The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country.”

Audi said the arrest of the illegally armed herders, shortly after his assumption of office, was an indication of his determination to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate.

“It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers and to also give some security protection to our agro-allied investments,” he said.

Audi spoke on the need for synergy between security agencies, noting that the nation’s security challenges could only be addressed substantially through intelligence sharing.

He charged the private guard operators to ensure valuable contributions to ongoing efforts at checking rising insecurity.

“The nation is bedevilled with a very serious insecurity crisis, and that is the asymmetric warfare,” he said.

“If you want to deal decisively with this, you must synergise with all stakeholders in terms of credible intelligence.”

He warned that the licences of private guard operators would be withdrawn if they engage in unethical practices.

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