NO WAY: See The Huge Amount Of Tramadol NAFDAC Blocked From Entering Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that 28 40feet containers suspected to contain tramadol from India has been blocked from entry into the country.

A statement by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, stated that this followed a joint examinations of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

She said the inspection was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

Adeyeye said that the 28 containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017.

She noted that the blockage was an outcome of previous communications with the Comptroller General of NCS in September.

“The 23 of the 40ft containers examined so far were loaded with Tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg.

“Tramadol and other unregistered pharmaceutical products are known to be injurious to the health of the public, most importantly our youth.”

She added that 321,146 cartons of other unregistered pharmaceutical products were equally discovered.

Adeyeye noted that the examined containers consist of 128,922 cartons of high strength of Tramadol (120mg, 200mg, 225mg & 250mg), estimated at N6.4 billion.

“We are pleased that the good working relationship with the NCS, the support received from all it’s commands and other government establishments along the West Coast of Africa has contributed to the success recorded so far,” she said.

According to her, the worth of the tramadol alone on the street is estimated to be at about N1.9 billion on an average cost of N1.5 million per carton.

“Prevention of these dangerous drugs from entering into the Nigerian markets would protect millions of youths from hazards of drug addiction which can pose threat to families, Nigerian workforce and the security of the nation at large.

“Of course this would have increased the number of casualties from insurgency, armed robbery and other social vices which are known to be the aftermath effect of use of illicit drugs,” the director general stated.

Adeyeye said that NAFDAF would work with all other relevant agencies to ensure that Nigeria is not a market for unwholesome pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs.

She expressed NAFDAC’s commitment to ensuring that the health of the public was properly safeguarded at all times and to remain a customer-focused agency.

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HOT SOUP! Linda Ikeji In BIG Trouble Over ‘Fake News’

The media empire of celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji may come crashing in her own very face as seasoned journalist John Abayomi has threatened to sue the publisher of Linda Ikeji blog for publishing a false and malicious story about him.

Abayomi through his lawyer, Falana and Falana’s Chambers claimed that the publication with the headline, ‘LIB Exclusive: Meet the owner of Instablog9ja-John Abayomi’ has put his life and that of his family in danger.

In the letter delivered to the blogger on Friday, Linda was asked to tender an unreserved apology within forty-eight hours or risk legal action.

Linda in the said publication had claimed that ‘the owner of instablog9ja is John Abayomi, a former online editor of Vanguard news and current online editor of Punch’.

However, Falana said the statement is untrue and unfounded, but only calculated to lower Abayomi’s esteem and damage his reputation and professional career.

“Your publication has put him in the harm’s way, thereby endangering his life and the lives of his family members. It has also attracted a lot of negative reactions from members of the public including celebrities who has been eager to know the face behind the blunt and sarcastic blog because of the method of reportage”.

“Your mendacious publication was clearly actuated by malice in that it was deliberately done to portray our client as an imposter, a fraudster and a blackmailer”

“In the light of the foregoing, we have our client’s firm instructions to demand an unqualified apology together with a retraction of the libelous publication in the edition of your blog (Linda Ikeji blog) in addition to having the retraction published on Instagram.

“However, if you fail or refuse to accede to our client’s demands within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we shall have no option than to initiate civil proceedings against you at the Lagos State High Court without further recourse to you,” reads the letter which was signed by Chukwuma Onwuemene (ESQ.).

A reliable source has also rubbished reports that board members of Punch Newspapers met over Linda Ikeji’s publication.

“It is totally untrue. There was no such meeting. Everybody close to him, including his employers are aware that Linda Ikeji’s publication was completely untrue,” the source said.

NDLEA arrest “Policeman” caught smuggling weed in Edo State

The NDLEA has arrested a fake policeman caught smuggling cannabis in Edo State.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two persons suspected to be drug smugglers in the Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that the suspects, who were disguised as policemen, were intercepted while conveying 50 bags of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 685 kilogrammes, along Okpella-Okene road.

They were said to have operated with a black Toyota Hiace bus, marked Ondo AKR 392 LZ and labelled with stickers of the emblem of the Nigeria Police.

The Edo State Commander of the agency, Mr. Buba Wakawa, while confirming the arrest on Friday, identified the fake policemen as one Matthew Onumba and Ojukwwu Henry.

Wakawa described them as members of a drug syndicate specialised in smuggling cannabis from the South to North-West region of the country.

He explained that the bus had reportedly taken off from Uzebba, in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state, en route to Kaduna State, when it was intercepted during a search operation by officers of the agency.

He said that the suspected smugglers had also attached a siren to the vehicle in a bid to evade security checks by the police. The commander also disclosed that 2,412kg of cannabis was seized when operatives of the command raided a forest in Okpuje, in a separate operation.

He said, “The black bus (Toyota), with tainted glass, had a siren and police stickers both at the front and rear to deceive unsuspecting members of the public as well as security personnel. It has all the paraphenalia of an official police vehicle but all is a ruse.

 

“So much has been invested into this operation and I am glad that our efforts have been rewarded.”

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Finally!! Police nap killer of 16-year-old Bayelsa female student

The police have arrested members of the gang of cultist that murdered a female student after they tried to rob her of her phone.

Bayelsa State Vigilante Service has arrested two suspects in connection with the killing of Miss Seiyefa Fred, a student in Bayelsa State. Fred was shot dead over the weekend at Amarata, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, after her mobile phone was snatched.

‘Cultists’ Gun Down 16-Year-Old Student For Refusing Attempt To Snatch Her Smartphone. While parading the suspects — Junior Danumunabo and Ayibakepreye Idionyo — Parkins Ogede, Chairman of the Vigilante Service, in Yenagoa, said the duo were nabbed in the same vicinity where the crime was committed.

“At about 5am, the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service apprehended two suspects connected to the killing of Miss Seiyefa Fred at Amarata. The names of the suspects are Junior Danumunabo, aged 20 from Nembe, Ogbolomabiri, and resident at Gwegwe street Ovom in Yenagoa, while Ayibakepreye Idionyo, aged 30 years, allegedly supplied the locally-made pistol,” he said.

He added the suspects had been handed over to the Police for further interrogation and prosecution. He urged members of the public to support the Police and the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service with useful information to reduce crime in the state.

Confirming the arrest, Butswat Asinim, the Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, said: “Upon interrogation, Junior Daumunabo confessed to being a member of the Greenland cult group. He also confessed that he was a member of the gang that shot and killed Seiyefa Fred.”

Good job by the police, but what can be done to curb the menace of cultism in the country?

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Shocking News; SARS Defeated. Undermined by…………

A 50 year old man made a shocking revelation the day before that SARS attacked him, but he showed them in no small way that he could defeat them.

A 50-year-old vigilante, Agbodemu Ishola, yesterday,  has disclosed that some members of Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, directly shot at him and the bullet did not penetrate his body because he had been ‘fortified’ by his father.

Ishola made the disclosure before the Presidential Panel on Special Anti-robbery Squad ,SARS, Reform sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, where he was testifying against alleged violation of his fundamental human rights by SARS officers in 2017. The public hearing chaired by the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, was told that the complainant was unlawfully detained and tortured by SARS, and is currently receiving medical attention at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The complainant, who resides at No. 1 Jones St., Apapa Road, Ebute Meta in Lagos, also accused SARS of unlawful arrests and detention, extortion as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. He said, “On March 3, 2017, at 5.00 p.m., I heard a gunshot and saw people running helter-skelter.

I saw men with guns in mufti, they came with a van without number plates. “I got out and saw that the men had raided some of the residents. I tried to approach them with my Vigilance Identity Card but was shot by the men. “The bullets did not penetrate into my body because I was fortified by my father. I am a native of Osun State, no gunshot can penetrate into my body,” he told the panel. The complainant said that the SARS members removed their mufti when they were about to leave.

“And I saw SARS logo on them,” he said. The defence counsel, Mr. S. Idachaba, objected to the claims of the complainant, saying that there was no case of gunshot in the medical report presented by him. After 15 minutes break, the chairman of the panel ruled that the case be put on hold in order to give room for more evidence. The public hearing will continue today and it has received 36 complaints in South-West Zone on alleged human rights violation by SARS.

“Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror among masses of people; or fear to achieve a financial, political, religious or ideological aim.” – Wikipedia

What becomes of a nation when those whose responsibility is to enforce the law are those who break it the most?

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a division of the police, has become a cancer; targeting mostly the youth, the future of the nation who now cower in fear of their animalistic antics.

If you are unfortunate to be accosted by these uncouth, ill-mannered, uneducated men, you may — if grace doesn’t shine your way — end up being a victim of torture, ruthless beating, and extortion.

Dressed in all black, SARS officers look brutish, intimidating, and unprofessional. The only thing special about them is their unexplainable disregard for life and the law.

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To solve a problem, one must go to the root. Treating the SARS situation the way the federal government handled the codeine epidemic will be like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.

When you get arrested by SARS (or any Nigerian police for that matter), there is no protocol whatsoever. You don’t have your rights read to you and you are not told why you are being arrested.

They just ‘wing it’ — throwing a number of baseless accusations your way.

The most common is that you are an internet fraudster or as it is coined in Nigeria — ‘yahoo boy’ or ‘G-boy’.

The next common accusation is being a cultist which just makes one wonder what business an anti-robbery squad has to do with cultism.

That aside, the only visible way SARS tries to find guilt of being a ‘yahoo boy’ is by searching your car, personal emails (without a warrant), texts, and phone calls.

I guess ‘innocent until proven guilty’ isn’t just the Nigerian way.

Whether or not incriminating evidence is found on you, if you’re lucky your case will end at the ATM. They tell you to “bail yourself”.

If you aren’t so fortunate to be able to pay your way out, they take you down to their station where you will be subjected to torture and inhumane living condition/treatment until someone comes to bail you out.

From all the testimonies of their victims, I think it’s safe to assume that their aim is financial. Unless there are other political strings that aren’t apparent (theory for another day).

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Stories about SARS harassment dates back to more than a decade but as the social media world has taken over, testimonies flood Facebook pages and Twitter timelines on a daily basis.

Is social media as powerful as we think or is the government just turning a blind eye to the cries of Nigerians?

In December 2017, after years of silence, the #EndSARS kicked-off to raise awareness, with the hopes that the government would put an end to the menace.

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Police Arrest Security Guard For Stealing N2m

A 35-year-old security guard, Godfirst Ikechukwu, who police said broke into a house he was guarding and stole property valued at two million Naira, was on Friday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.
Police charged Ikechukwu with four counts of conspiracy, breaking and entry, stealing and breach of peace.
 
The prosecutor, SP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the accused conspired with others now at large to commit the offence on November 1, at 11:50pm at No. 35, Raymond str., Sabo, Yaba area of Lagos.
 
Nurudeen said that Ikechukwu broke and entered the house of the complainant, Mr Charles Nzeaka; same house he was on duty to secure, with some accomplices.
The prosecutor said the accused also stole two phones and pieces of jewellery.
 
Nurudeen said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 251, 280 (1), 306 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised).
 
The accused, however, plead not guilty to the charges.
In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Mrs K.B. Ayeye, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
 
Ayeye ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, show two years evidence of tax payment to Lagos Government and be gainfully employed.
The case was adjourned until January 29, 2019 for further hearing.

Police Arrest Man For Raping Autistic Girl

The Ondo State Police Command, on Thursday, arrested a man identified as Tunde Ogunlade for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl (named withheld) at the Oke Aro area of Akure, the state capital.
The victim is said to be suffering from autism, with the suspect alleged to have taken advantage of her health condition.
 
Parading the suspect at the headquarters of the command in Alagbaka, Akure, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the suspect had carnal knowledge of the victim to the extent that blood was gushing out of her private parts.
He said, “The suspect went to do a carpentry work in a house where he saw the girl. He gave her N50 after which he raped the young girl. This is a shame because he has a wife at home and three kids.
 
“He will be taken to court on Friday (today); when he gets there, he will tell the court why he committed the offence.”
 
However, the 50-year-old suspect denied raping the girl, adding that he only dipped his finger into her private parts while playing with her.
“I was doing my carpentry work when I saw her; she held my hand and I also held her hand; so, I was playing with her. I just dipped my finger into her private parts but I didn’t rape her; when blood came out of her private parts, I took her to the bathroom to wash the blood away,” Ogunlade stated.
 
But the father of three said he liked the girl and could marry her if her parents would permit the union.

See How F-SARS Shot Man In The Leg

An aluminium fabricator, Adetiba Sunday, on Thursday, narrated to a presidential panel how an officer attached to the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (F-SARS), Magbon, Abeokuta, Godwin Ogedengbe, shot him in the leg.
Sunday told the panel that he was at his workplace when Ogedengbe and his team members arrested him.
 
The panel, which was set up by the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, is saddled with the responsibility of hearing and investigating complaints against the SARS and make recommendations to the government on how the police unit can be reformed.
 
The panel began hearing the complaints on Tuesday.
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At Thursday’s sitting, Sunday said he was not taken to the hospital after being shot in the leg, adding that none of his family members knew his whereabouts at the time.
 
He stated, “When I was arrested at Ogijo, Ogedengbe shot me in the leg and took me to the Ogijo Police Station before I was transferred to Magbon in Abeokuta.
 
“When I was brought to the Ogijo Police Station, I met four other suspects, whom Ogedengbe asked if they knew me. One of the suspects said he knew me; when Ogedengbe asked if I knew them, I said no. My reply infuriated him as he slapped me, pushed me face down to the ground, and started kicking me on the floor.
 
“After four or five days at Magbon, I was brought out of the cell to write my statement, but I refused because I didn’t know what my offence was. Ogedengbe, who is an inspector of police, told me to stretch forward my second leg; he threatened to shoot at the leg if I didn’t write a statement. He later wrote the statement himself.”
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The victim added, “I was in detention for about a month before I was taken to court. I was charged alongside six or seven people to court for conspiracy and cultism. I never knew these people.
 
“Before I was taken to court, my family searched for me. When they could not find me, they concluded that I was dead. It was when the officers took me to my house for a search that my family members knew I was still alive.
 
“We attended the court proceedings about eight times before we were discharged for lack of diligent prosecution.”
 
Sunday told the panel that after he was discharged by the court, Ogedengbe still threatened to send him back to prison.
 
Ogedengbe, however, denied the allegations against him, adding that Sunday was someone that he had good a relationship with and could not have shot him.
 
He said, “My team was sent to Ogijo due to clashes between the residents and land grabbers. We arrested one Rafiu, who made a statement about the members of his gang and Sunday’s name came up.

Nigeria Winning In Fight Against ‘Codeine Diet’, As NDLEA Intercepts Containers With Illegal Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted over 340 million tablets of Tramadol stashed in 12 containers at the Apapa Port in Lagos.
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The agency said the contraband, which has been on its watch list since November, 2017, was discovered in 12 out of the 28 containers that were opened on Wednesday, noting that a search of the remaining containers was ongoing.
 
The Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, NDLEA, Jonah Achema, who disclosed this in an e-mailed statement on Thursday, explained that the agency had earlier tipped off the Nigeria Customs Service about the drug haul.
 
The statement said, “The NDLEA has uncovered over 340 million tablets of Tramadol at the Apapa seaport in Lagos. The tablets, which were in various dosages ranging from 120 to 250 milligrams, were recovered from 12 containers in an ongoing search of containers at the Apapa seaport.
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“These containers, which have been on the watch list of the NDLEA since November, 2017, were brought to the attention of the Nigeria Customs Service to be positioned for search based on the agency’s reasonable suspicion of the containers containing Tramadol.”
 
Achema stated that since the drug was banned by the Federal Government, the NDLEA seized in a single operation in November last year 160 million Tramadol tablets at the Apapa Port.
 
The drugs were said to have been imported from India, with the importers using false documents and the name of an unregistered company.
 
The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), noted that the importation of Tramadol into the country was for illicit purposes, adding that the nation did not need the high volume of the opiate being brought in.
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“It is doubtful that this influx of Tramadol is for legitimate uses; Tramadol, which is a derivative of opiate, is for post-surgery application; but even if everybody in Nigeria undergoes surgery every year, we do not need the quantity that enters our country. It only suggests its diversion for illicit use,” he stated.

EFCC Storms Ijebu, Arrests 23 OOU Students 12 Others For ‘Yahoo Yahoo’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it has arrested 34 suspected Internet fraudsters at 21, Sawmill Road Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State.
The suspects who are between 19 and 37 years include 23 students at Olabisi Onabanjo University, out of which nine were ladies who allegedly claimed to be girlfriends or neighbours of some of the suspects; one was said to be a student of the National Open University of Nigeria, while 12 others are non-students.
 
The commission said in a statement on its Facebook account that it got wind of the suspects’ activities through a series of intelligence reports alleging that the suspected fraudsters engaged in obtaining money by false pretences through sending emails to unsuspecting victims mostly in the United States while others were engaged in romance scams.
At the point of arrest, EFCC operatives reportedly recovered over 300 SIM cards from them.
 
Other items allegedly recovered from the suspects were different brands of cars, 18 laptops (nine being of Apple brand), 50 mobile phones (21 Iphones) and two bags of charms.
The EFCC said in a statement that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.