By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has continued to intensify its efforts to curb the narcotics menace in Nigeria following several operations that led to the arrest of many suspected traffickers in eight states.
According to Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, the agency raided two clandestine drug stores in Lagos where a pregnant woman was arrested with 1,442 kilograms of skunk.
It was also stated that four men including a 62-year-old were also arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol during the raid.
He stated that the 27-year-old pregnant woman was arrested on December 17 when NDLEA operatives raided her store and home in the Ojo area of Lagos.
He added that another suspect was also nabbed with 29 kilogrammes of the illicit drug in the same location.
“The previous day, December 16, operatives had equally raided a hideout in Abule-Egba area of the state.
“This was where the suspects were arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol 1n 225mg.
“In similar raids across eight other states of Rivers, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo, more than 4,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were seized,’’ Mr Babafemi also stated.
He added that during a routine stop and search at Obigbo, on Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway on December 18, NDLEA intercepted a consignment of Tramadol.
The consignment, he explained, was concealed in a commercial Toyota Hiace bus with a waybill addressed to another suspect.
A follow-up operation led to the other suspect’s arrest.
Different quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Indian hemp, Tramadol, Exol-5, Swinol, and Diazepam were recovered from the second suspect, Babafemi added
“In Kogi, one suspect was arrested with 95.945kg of Indian hemp at Egba Town.
“A suspect was arrested with 10.5kg Indian hemp on the Okene-Lokoja Highway while yet another was arrested with 65kg Indian hemp on the same road.
“No fewer than 20,000 capsules of Tramadol coming from Onitsha, Anambra, were seized at Otukpo, Benue and a suspect arrested.
“In Adamawa, a search operation in a house at Ajiya Street, Jimeta, led to the arrest of a female suspect with 16 pinches of cocaine,’’ he also stated.
Mr Babafemi added that a raid at Success Line, Marine Modern Market, Onitsha, led to the seizure of 234kg Indian hemp and the arrest of a suspect.
He stated also that one suspect was arrested in Okpuje, Owan West LGA on December 18, with 481kg Indian hemp and another suspect with 81kg at Sobe.
“In Ekiti, 1,420kg of Indian hemp was recovered from Ara in Ikole LGA, while in Akure, Ondo State, operatives arrested one female suspect in her residence at Itamo Igoba, with 573kg Indian hemp.
“In other parts of the state, 450kg of Indian hemp was seized on Ipele-Idoani Road, and 420.5kg Indian hemp also recovered at Ogkogu camp, Ipele, both in Owo LGA,’’ Mr Babafemi stated.
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By Adedapo Adesanya
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Mahmood Yakubu, has said the electoral umpire will require about N305 billion to successfully conduct the 2023 general elections.
He disclosed this during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Appropriation at the National Assembly on Monday.
The INEC boss also noted that the amount will enable the commission to prepare for the polls in less than two years’ time and purchase all the election materials needed and also cover several bye-elections across the country.
He, however, stated that the agency has already received N100 billion out of the required amount for the elections.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Mr Jibrin Barau, has disclosed that the 2022 budget will be laid, debated, and passed on Tuesday, December 21.
There is also no word on whether President Buhari has written and forwarded a letter to the National Assembly on his decision to give or withdraw his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The 30-day deadline stipulated by the constitution for the President to respond to the bill expired on Sunday, December 19.
This has raised criticism from many quarters including the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike who called for the National Assembly to override President Buhari by implementing two-third of the two chambers to veto the President’s decline.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly is scheduled to commence its Christmas and New Year holidays from Tuesday, December 21.
FBN Holdings Group has been announced as a great place to work at the 2021 Great Place to Work Awards ceremony held at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos recently.
The Holding Company along with its subsidiary companies; First Bank of Nigeria Limited, FBNQuest Merchant Bank and FBN Insurance Broker won various awards at the prestigious event.
FBN Holdings Plc retained its Platinum Certification as a Great Workplace to further underscore the quality of its workplace practices.
It also received awards for the ‘Best in Promoting High-Trust Culture’ and ‘Best in Promoting a Fun and Friendly Workplace’ due to the initiatives put in place to promote excellent workplace culture.
The holding company also demonstrated its leadership and innovative credentials by winning in the other two categories it was nominated in – ‘Best in Leadership Effectiveness’ and ‘Best in Building a Culture of Innovation’. Overall, FBN Holdings was ranked as ‘3rd Best Workplace’.
In the other awards categories, First Bank of Nigeria Limited carted home the awards for being the ‘Best in Promoting High Trust Culture’ and ‘Best in Building a Culture of Innovation’ thereby confirming the bank’s management strategy of building and fostering a culture of innovation. The bank also received Gold Certification as a ‘Great Place to Work in the Large Corporates Category’.
FBNQuest Group also had a splendid evening, the FBNQuest Asset Management and Merchant Bank were adjudged as the ‘1st and 3rd Best Workplaces’ respectively, while FBNQuest Capital was ranked ‘4th Best Workplace’.
In the same vein, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, FBNQuest Trustees and FBNQuest Asset Management all received Gold Certifications, while FBNQuest Capital received Silver Certification in the ‘Great Place to Work in the Medium and Small Corporates Categories’.
FBNQuest also received ‘Best in the Delivery and Promoting of Organisational Ethics’ for Small Corporate Organisation as well as ‘Best in Building a Culture of Innovation’ awards in recognition for its commitment to fostering a conducive place to thrive and excel.
FBN Insurance Brokers, a direct subsidiary of FBN Holdings, received the Gold Certification for the excellent workplace environment its management created for its employees.
While speaking on the awards received by the Group, UK Eke, MFR, the Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings Plc said ‘these awards attest to the commitment and result of the strategy put in place towards providing exceptional workplace practices for all our employees and at the same time building a great culture of excellence to drive superior performance’.
The GMD added further ‘these awards will spur us to continue with our focus on creating and sustaining the right and conducive environment for the workforce. This will remain part of our overall strategic objectives as we continue to set the tone and build the right atmosphere for our employees’.
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A notable philanthropist from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Mr Jude Ndudi Ozah, has donated no fewer than 10 patrol vehicles to the Delta State Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
The items were given to the Delta Police Command by the High Chief on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, in the presence of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, and the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr Mohammed Ali.
A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Prince Greg Okwumbu, disclosed that the monarch thanked the donor for the gesture, describing him as a pillar in the kingdom.
He explained how Mr Ozah was taking care of the sick, needy and the old in Ogwashi-Uku and also putting in place roads, boreholes, items for the community vigilante groups, palliatives for widows and underprivileged in the community.
The traditional ruler also commended the Inspector General and the Commissioner of Police in Delta State for the increased police visibility which is evidenced by the reduced crime rates within the state.
The police chief in the state, while receiving the donated 10 Hilux and other assorted patrol vehicles, commended the Ogwashi-Uku philanthropist, who is the Isagba of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom.
He also thanked the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku and his subject for a timely and wonderful contribution to policing in the state.
According to him, Mr Ozah may not be the richest man in Delta State but his call to duty and responsiveness to the needs of the police is simply wonderful.
He assured that the vehicles would be used to effectively combat crime in the state and ensure that the police can extend their reach even more.
The CP stated that after the #EndSARS protest in October 2020, he assumed the police will be treated as orphans but to his greatest delight, people like Mr Ozah have responded with strong support for the police.
In a related development, Mr Ozah also presented vehicles to the Chairman of the Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr Jude Chukwunweike for community vigilante services.
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