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NDLEA Intercepts Christmas Colorado, Cannabis Juice in Lagos

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Consignments of Colorado concealed in vehicles imported from Montreal, Canada, and packs of cannabis juice flown in from South Africa, meant for distribution ahead of Christmas, have been intercepted.

A statement on Sunday said men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency seized the drugs at the Tincan seaport, Apapa, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.

No fewer than 12 suspects were reportedly arrested in connection with the two seizures.

The statement, signed by the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said the SAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport and the search of a consolidated cargo from South Africa led to the discovery of smuggled bottles of cannabis juice with a gross weight of 16.50kg on Wednesday, December 21.

“Investigations by anti-narcotic officers subsequently led to the arrest of four freight agents: Soremekun Wasiu, Olufisayo Dayo, Moruf Bashir and Imole Ajayi, whose statements eventually led to the arrest of the consignee, a wine shop business owner, Emebede Chuka, the following day, Thursday, December 22.

“Also, an attempt to export quantities of cannabis and ecstasy pills also known as MDMA concealed in beverage drink, Bournvita, containers to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, through the NAHCO export shed on Friday, December 23, was frustrated while a vulcaniser given the assignment for a fee of N4,000, Iyanda Ogunleye Yaya, has been arrested,” the statement added.

In the same vein, a consignment of 185 parcels of cannabis indica, popularly called Colorado, weighing 61.3kgs were reportedly seized during a joint examination of a container at the Tincan seaport, Lagos.

The container, marked MSCU5206726 from Montreal, Canada, was declared as containing three units of used vehicles.

However, upon a 100% examination, it was found to contain two vehicles; a 2009 Toyota Corolla and a 2009 Ford Econoline bus, as well as used car engines, bicycles, shoes and other items, including the drugs. Two dock workers: Abdulquadri Abdulazeez and Ogbuji Kenneth, are already in NDLEA custody in connection with the seizure following their initial arrest by the port security and the police.

In Kano, two suspects: Nura Zakariya’u and Alkasim Abubakar, were arrested along Zaria-Kano Road, Kwanar Dangora, with 161 blocks of cannabis weighing 152kg and various quantities of exol and codeine-based syrup, while a total of 100,000 pills of tramadol were recovered from a suspect, Amaechi Johnson, in Imo State, on his way to Onitsha, Anambra State.

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Traffic Control: FRSC Special Marshals Fill Up Portholes, Ease Traffic Flow at Iyana Era

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In a bid to add humanity to their constitutional duty of traffic control, special marshals from the Iba Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), have taken it upon themselves to add construction abilities to their duty in other to achieve free flow of traffic.

Speaking to members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), who encountered them in action, the Head of the Special Marshal Unit, Olabisi Dennis, said nothing is too big to do for humanity, and to make life easy.

He said, “As part of the National Patrol Exercise and Eid Kabir Patrol Operation in Lagos State, Special Marshals sprang into action to alleviate heavy traffic congestion at Iyana-Era Junction, along the Lagos/Badagry Expressway, on June 15th, 2024.

“Despite their initial efforts, the traffic persisted. Undeterred, the team conducted a thorough Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and identified two deep potholes as the primary cause of the problem. Taking initiative, we sourced broken concrete blocks and sand from the nearby Tipper Garage bus stop, and patched up the potholes.

“Our efforts paid off, and the traffic congestion disappeared. We actually earned praise and gratitude from motorists.”

NAOSNP learnt that the operation, which lasted from 11:00 to 13:15 hours, was a resounding success, with the Special Marshals from Iba Unit Command receiving commendations from the motorists for a job well done.

This exemplary service demonstrates the dedication and proactive approach of the FRSC Lagos State Sector Command in ensuring the safety and convenience of road users, and sustaining the accident-free road agenda of Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed.

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Eid-el Kabir: FRSC Felicitates with Nigerians, Deploys Massive Personnel, Logistics for Crash-Free Celebration 

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has felicitated with Nigerians on the Eid El-Kabr festival, assuring that modalities have been put in ace to ensure accident-free celebration.

It also said that over 743 patrol vehicles, 184 administrative vehicles, 92 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and 144 motorbikes are being deployed as part of the patrol logistics for a hitchfree festival.

The Corps made this known during a press conference addressed by the Lagos Sector Commander, Patrick Davou, who representated Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed.

The Corps maintained that it has put every mechanism in place to checkmate overspending thereby reducing accidents on the nation’s various highways.

While identifying certain road traffic management issues, the Corps Marshal relayed strategies the Corps has put in place to ensure that roads are safe for all to use.

He itemized the collaboration with the Nigeria Bar Association and State Judiciaries for timely prosecution of drivers and vehicle owners caught contravening established traffic regulations like overloading, dangerous driving, and use of phone as well as speeding.

Additionally, he mentioned collaboration with Beer Sectorial Group, which has been able to make available adequate breathalyzers which have been deployed to motor parks and highways to check and stop drivers who control the wheels under influence of alcohol.

The Corps has also set up Inter-Agency Joint Task Force to enforce compliance against use of trailers to convey passengers as well as mitigate road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries emanating from the lawlessness of trailer drivers, noting that the Corps has successfully arrested a total of 222 trailers loaded with 3169 passengers hanging on top of goods and animals

These efforts are in addition to the aggressive sensitisation campaigns for all road users including door to door awakening among many other mechanisms.

Reiterating that the objectives of the special operations are to achieve reduction in Road Traffic Crashes, Road Traffic Fatalities and Road Traffic Injuries, Corps Marshal Mohammed said that prompt response to road traffic crash victims; unhindered engagement in purposeful public education and speedy removal of obstructions from the highways, amongst others have been achieved to ensure accident-free Eid-el Kabir celebration.

It further informed that over 200 Mobile Courts have been set up to check

a. Speeding and Dangerous Driving/Overtaking.
b. Lane indiscipline/Route violation,
c. Road Obstructions,
d. Use of Phone while Driving
e. Overloading,
f. Seatbelt/Child restraint Use Violations,
g. Passenger’s Manifest Violation,
h. Operation of mechanical deficient and rickety vehicles,
i. Loading of trailers with passengers
j. Illegal use of the Spy Number Plates.

The Corps, while wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Sallah, therefore called on the motoring public to adhere to laid down instructions to ensure an accident-free celebration.

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Gunmen Abduct Three Fouani Brothers in Lagos

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Three brothers who work for Fouani Nigeria Ltd have reportedly been abducted in Lagos state, according to a TheCable’s report.

Fouani Nigeria Ltd specialises in electronics and is the sole distributor of LG, Hisense and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers; Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani and Amtal Fouani, were said to have been abducted around 6pm on Friday.

They were reportedly coming from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

The Lagos police command confirmed the abduction to TheCable.

“We got a report about the abduction and we have commenced investigations,” TheCable quoted Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson.

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