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NDLEA Kicks Off 7-Day Activities To Mark World Drug Day In Adamawa

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~Arrests 296 offenders, seizes 3,107kg of illicit drugs

National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Adamawa State command has kicked started 7-day activities to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking which is slated on 26 June 2022.

At a press briefing, marking the commencement of activities, the Adamawa State commander of NDLEA, Femi Agboalu said in the last one year the command has recorded robust achievements by arresting drug offenders comprising 286 males and 11 females and seized 3,107.786kg.

“Adamawa State will join the rest of the world in commemorating the world drug day with a week long activities starting with this press briefing today being 20th June 2022; Wednesday 22nd will be for advocacy road walk against drugs; Friday for Jumaat prayers, Saturday 25th for guest lecture, and Sunday 26th for thanksgiving service

“The theme for this year’s commemoration is addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crisis. This theme is a clarion call in addressing transnational drugs challenges arising from situations of crisis and protecting the right to health for the most vulnerable, including children and youth; people using drugs, people with drug use disorders; and people who need access to controlled medicines,” he said.

On the issue of arrest and confiscation of drugs the commander said, “Adamawa State command within a year i.e June 2021 to May 2022 the Adamawa State command arrested over 296 drug offenders comprising of 286 males and 11 females suspects with various seizures of drugs as enumerated.

“Cannabis Sativa, 2702.167kg, Tramadol, 146.806kg, Diazapam, 36.11kg, Exol 5, 29.676kg, Pentazocine, 124.578kg, Rohypnol, 1.473kg, codeine based syrup, 61.440kg cocaine, 0.013kg, methaqualone, 0.227kg, phenobarbitone, 2.290kg, 28 round of live ammunition and one locally made pistol.”

He noted that the command has also done its best in terms of drug demand reduction adding that 44 males and one female clients have been counseled, treated and rehabilitated while series of WADA sensitization lectures were carried out just as WADA clubs in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were set up in the state.

He thanked governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for unwavering effort at curtailing the menace of drug abuse in the state and also commended various stakeholders including gallant men of his command for the overall success recorded in the year under review.

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VGN Rescue 3 Kidnapped Victims, Arrest Suspects In Taraba

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By Sani Yarima 

The Taraba State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has successfully rescued three kidnapped victims. 

The Command’s VPRO, Suleiman Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Jalingo. 

The victims were rescued when the Special Tactical Squad of the VGN invaded the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the state following a tip-off. 

The rescued victims are Alhaji Dankawu, 60 years old, a 13-year-old named Haruna Shagari, and Alhaji Isa, 67 years old. 

Alhaji Dankawu was kidnapped at Garin Dogo, Haruna Shagari at Yolde Kindang, and Alhaji Isa at Lushi village. One of the victims, Haruna Shagari, has been reunited with his family.

During the operation, the Command arrested two of the suspected kidnappers, Sale Manu and Manu Siddiki, who confessed to the crime without torture. 

In a video clip, Sale Manu specifically stated that they own five (5) AK47 rifles for operations and listed other gang members who are currently on the run.

The VGN Commander, Munir Bello Abubakar, who is the North-east VGN’s Zonal Deputy Commander of Administration, revealed that they had destroyed the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the State on May 12th, 2024. 

Additionally, an informant named Murtala Santi, who lives in Minda along the Kona-Lau road, was also arrested by members of the VGN. 

Commander Munir Bello Abubakar reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting security agencies in combating crimes across the state.

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47 Boko Haram, ISWAP Terrorists Surrender To MNJTF.

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Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force Operation Lake Sanity said a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), have surrendered to 403 Amphibious Brigade of  Sector 3, Nigeria.

In a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer, N`djamena, Chad to newsmen on Thursday in Maiduguri.

“On 15 May 2024, a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) surrendered to troops of 403 Amphibious Brigade of MNJTF Sector 3, Nigeria. 

“The group includes 7 men, 9 women, and 31 children, who turned themselves in at Kwatan Turare and Doron Baga, Kukawa LGA Borno State Nigeria.

The statement added, “During the initial investigation conducted, it was revealed that these individuals managed to escape from Sharama, located in the Lake Chad Islands. 

Among those who surrendered was Mallam Muazu Adamu, a known fighter within the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad (JAS) faction, who operated under Commander Alai Gana. He surrendered alongside his wife.

“Other members of the group disclosed that they had been engaged in farming activities before deciding to make their escape. The items found in their possession include clothes, blankets, mats, pots, plates, and various other personal belongings.

“The surrendered individuals are currently in custody and undergoing further investigation to ascertain more details regarding their activities and affiliations. The MNJTF remains committed to maintaining peace and security in the Lake Chad basin region.

The statement concluded, “This development marks a step in the ongoing efforts to weaken the operational capabilities of terrorist groups in the region. The MNJTF continues to encourage those still involved in terrorist activities to surrender and embrace peace.

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B/Haram: 1,000 Vulnerable People Benefit From NAF Medical Services

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has rendered free medical services to at least 1000 vulnerable people and victims of insurgents in the Konduga Local Government area of Borno State.

The Commander, 105 Composite Group of NAF Base, Maiduguri, Air Commodore Caleb Olayera, spoke during the event in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said the outreach, which is part of activities lined up to mark the 60th anniversary of the NAF, covered children, pregnant women, and the elderly in the Gomari community in the suburbs of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, is committed to transforming the NAF into an agile and resilient force to effectively meet the air-power demand of national security in all operational units in the country.

He added that the NAF in its efforts to combat terrorism has engaged in a non-kinetic  approach to win the hearts and minds of the citizens 

“Not fewer than 1,000 persons were treated for malaria, diabetes, hypertension, typhoid fever, and ulcers. We also provided free dental treatment, health talks on personal hygiene, and environmental sanitation, as well as the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to expectant mothers.

“The medical outreach is a form of NAF corporate social responsibility. We believe that it would strengthen the cooperation and bond between the host community and the NAF Base Maiduguri.”Olayera maintained.

He noted that children have been dewormed and free eye tests and glasses were provided for elderly people after cross-examination by the medical team, while blood sugar tests were also conducted on the beneficiaries.

In his remarks, the Ward Head of the Ngomari community, Bulama Alhaji Kolo appreciated the Nigeria Air Force for the kind gesture, saying those who benefited are mostly vulnerable people and victims of insurgency conflicts.

He said that the gesture is an indication that there is a good relationship between the civilians and the military, adding that with the current economic situation in the country, this would surely reduce the burden of already overstretched people in the communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Unice Adediran thanked the NAF for the opportunity given to them to access free medical care.

She, however, called on other organizations and individuals to emulate such gestures of the Nigeria Air Force free medical outreach.

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