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Force Headquarters Takes Over Case Of 2-year-old Boy Allegedly Killed By NDLEA Operatives In Delta

The Police Force Headquarters in Abuja has taken over investigations into the alleged killing of 2-year-old Ivan Omorhiakogbe, by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

This was disclosed by the Delta State Police Command during a press briefing.

Ivan died on July 13, 2023, after he was hit by a stray bullet allegedly fired by NDLEA operatives during a raid on drug peddlers’ hideouts in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

The bullet also scratched his younger brother, Erhumossele, in one of his eyes.

Omorhiakogbe was rushed to Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, where he was confirmed dead, but his brother survived.

The boys were at his mother’s shop at a plaza in the locality when the incident happened.

The Delta State Police Commissioner, Wale Abass, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Asaba on Tuesday, October 10, said the force headquarters had taken over the investigation from the state for a thorough investigation.

“About the NDLEA and the issue that happened in Okpanam, we have concluded investigations, the suspect has been taken to Abuja, for more in depth investigation probably to go beyond what our wherewithal here can achieve,”
 the CP said.

“They have taken the suspect to Abuja, we have given them the case file and I believe in no distant time, the suspect will be charged.”

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Mohbad Was Never Arrested By NDLEA, Says Spokesman

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has spoken about the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad.

The agency said that contrary to reports that went viral in the media and online, Mohbad was never arrested by the agency.

The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said, “We also heard the unsubstantiated allegation on social media that Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, was arrested and detained by the NDLEA on February 24, 2022, and given a substance to drink. In response to this allegation, we wish to state categorically that Mohbad was never arrested; neither was he ever detained in the custody of the NDLEA on the said date or any other date before or after. The foregoing being the case, the issue of giving him any substance to drink does not arise.”

The NDLEA also stated that contrary to a claim by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, that the police were expecting feedback from the anti-narcotics agency over an inquiry into the singer’s death, it had responded to the police’s inquiry since September 28, 2023.

In a letter dated September 28, and signed by the Deputy Commander-General of Narcotics, Josephine Obi, which was obtained by our correspondent on Saturday, the NDLEA categorically informed the police that Mohbad was neither arrested nor detained in the custody of the agency.

Babafemi added, “Following media inquiries on the claim by the Lagos State Police Command at a press conference on Friday, October 6, 2023, that it was yet to get a response from the NDLEA on social media allegations bordering on alleged arrest and detention of the late artiste, the agency will like to state that indeed, its response was sent and received by the police since Thursday, September 28, 2023.

“Indeed, to show the seriousness with which the agency treated the issue, our formal response dated Thursday, September 28, 2023, was sent by flight to Lagos, delivered and received by the police on the same day.”

While briefing the media on the results of the police’s investigation so far on Friday, October 6, Owohunwa said, “While re-assuring that the command will sustain its firm determination to ensure justice in this case, I wish to assure that the members of the public will be availed of any further development in relation to the outcomes of the autopsy and toxicology reports, DPP advice, feedback from NDLEA and any other development in the investigation into this case.”

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NDLEA Destroys 16 Hectares Cannabis Farm

On Sunday, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, revealed that it has destroyed a cannabis farm in Ekiti state which spans across 16 hectares of farmland while 4,000 kilograms of different illicit drugs were intercepted in multiple raids across the country.

The agency disclosed this in a statement made available by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi via the agency’s website.

According to the statement, the agency, between Monday and Wednesday, bust some forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where the cannabis farmland was discovered and set ablaze, destroying about 40 tons of cannabis plants.

Babafemi said, “In a massive operation between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th September, NDLEA operatives stormed thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where they destroyed 40 tons (40,000 kilograms) of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.”

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Why We Chose Naira Marley For Drug Abuse Advocacy — NDLEA

Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, has said the agency intentionally enlisted controversial artiste, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley, for its drug abuse advocacy, The PUNCH reports.

Recall that criticisms trailed a video of Naira Marley advising youths to stop taking illicit substances. This was particularly so because the singer is known to glorify and encourage drug abuse.


In an interview with Saturday Beats, Babafemi said, “It is an advocacy engagement with him. It is what we do as part of the responsibilities of the agency to promote advocacy messages that would discourage people from substance abuse. It is about the message.

“Don’t forget that he has a lot of young followers— Marlians— that look up to him. The idea is for the leader of the movement (Marlians) to come out and ask people to stop substance abuse, and live a new life.”

The drug agency’s spokesperson also noted that using Marley as an advocate did not mean that the agency won’t arrest him if he was caught with illegal substances. He said, “Last year, we arrested some of his artistes (Zinoleesky and Mohbad). That is to show that we are not closing our eyes. If the same Naira Marley is caught with illicit substances tomorrow, he will face sanctions.”

Babafemi added that critics should consider the message and not focus on the messenger.

One of the people who had criticised the choice of Naira Marley was actress, Tonto Dikeh. She wrote on social media, “NDLEA, you are looking like a disgrace. This is not an insult, but this is from a daughter of the soil speaking out on your misconduct.

“I don’t involve myself in rubbish, especially that of other people. This, I must say, is the biggest embarrassment from any government agency/drug law enforcement agency. I would like to say more, but I’ll wait for NDLEA to pick me up for an interview/drug test/or just a chat. You know my address. I ask you to do it respectfully; otherwise we’ll have a problem. And, if I am replied I would gladly respond disrespectfully.”

In a Facebook post, Ossai Success, an aide to a former Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, vowed to take legal action against NDLEA if he saw Naira Marley smoking again after his visit to the agency.

He wrote, “I will sue NDLEA if I see Naira Marley or any of the artistes signed to his record label smoking in his music video or on ground. I am watching him carefully because I am happy with this campaign.”

An instagram user, Joshua Ominuta, also wrote, “So you guys couldn’t find a responsible human being to promote your stuff?”


NDLEA Official Arrested With Illicit Drugs In Lagos

A 50-year-old official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, was intercepted with 4 Kilogrammes of illegal drugs identified as Marsh-Mallow, on the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos.

He was alleged to have confessed to be on his way to sell the substance.

Vanguard gathered that he was arrested by a team of policemen led by Samuel Sunday, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who was on a routine patrol on Saturday, August, 12,2023.

Acting on instinct, the policemen reportedly requested to know what was concealed in the suspect’s bag.

During the search the policemen, as gathered, discovered the illicit drugs, consequent upon which the suspect was arrested.

Police sources hinted that “The team intercepted the suspected drug courier at about 2.50p.m. at Cement Bus Stop.

The suspect identified himself as Kelechi, 50, an indigene of Abia State, attached to NDLEA office, First Gate, Tin Can Island, Lagos.

“During interrogation, he c
onfessed that the four kilogrammes of illicit drugs known as Marsh-Mallow was given to him by his superior whom he identified as Odogwu, to go and sell.”

Sources further hinted that the superior mentioned by the suspect would be invited to clarify the allegation as part of the ongoing investigation.

When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hudenyin, confirmed the arrest.


NDLEA Denies Carrying Out Lopsided Promotions

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has dismissed reports that it embarked on lopsided promotions.

In a statement released on Wednesday, June 7, by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, it was stated that promotions remain an ongoing exercise based on a number of factors including vacancies.

The public has been urged to disregard any such information that seeks to cast an aspersion on the strides attained by the NDLEA, especially under the steady leadership of Gen. Marwa.

The statement read;

“Indeed, the issues raised by the category of personnel mentioned in the reports arose in 2011, which was 10 clear years before the current leadership of Brig. Gen. MB Marwa (Retd).

“However, in a determined bid to motivate the workforce, over 70% of the workforce, a number of who had been stagnated on one rank for 15-20 years, were promoted and their ranks harmonized in 2021 soon after Gen. Marwa assumed leadership of the Agency.

“Even though more than half of the category of personnel referred to in the reports had been promoted in the recent promotion exercises, the ongoing expansion of the Agency which creates more vacancies for officers and men to move up, no doubt provides the window for the few not yet affected to be elevated in another exercise underway for the junior ranks.

“Anyone not yet affected can rest assured that the Chairman/CEO considers their welfare paramount and central to the successes so far achieved by his leadership and will continue to pay attention to their career progression in the interest of the overall high productivity goal set for all Commands and formations of the Agency.”


Falz responds to the destruction of cocaine in Lagos worth N194 billion by the NDLEA.

The rapper is not persuaded by the alleged destruction planned by the NDLEA.

Falz, a well-known Nigerian rapper, musician, and songwriter, was one among the numerous Nigerians who responded to the most recent NDLEA activities.

In a warehouse in Ikorodu, Lagos, the National Drug Law Enforcment Agency (NDLEA) recently found 1.8 tonnes of cocaine, which is estimated to be worth a staggering N19 billion Naira on the black market. On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the agency released videos and photos showing that it had set the cocaine on fire.

Heavyweight rapper, a lawyer, and rights advocate, questioned the burning of the cocaine on Twitter the same day in response to the news. The rapper claims that the entire burning event is a hoax because the substance will be used as evidence in court and shouldn’t be interfered with. He stated: This administration must really think that we are daft sha!! What is this lamba that the NDLEA is giving with this cocaine seizure saga? Dem dey burn evidence?

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NDLEA arrest 43 year old man with 1million tramadol capsules and a Ghanaian with two Nigerians trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine

The Spokesman of National drug law enforcement agency, Femi Babafemi confirmed their officials arrested a Nigerian man identified as Onuoha 43years, in possession of 1 million capsules of Tramadol at Lagos – Benin Express way.

He also confirmed the arrest of a Ghanaian and two Nigerians trafficking 9.953kg of cocaine and methamphetamine at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.