The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says the agency had dislodged 35 drug joints and hotspots in Kano State.
The state Commander of the agency, Dr Ibrahim Abdul, disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command in the last one month.
According to him, the success is recorded due to the efforts of its officers during their special operations to keep the state free from drug use as the 2019 general elections approaches.
“During the period under review, 35 joints and hotspots were dislodged at the following areas: Plaza, Sanya Olu, Kabuga, Rimin Kebe and Danzaki village.
“Others are Sauna, Wurare, Aisami, Sabon Titi, Dorayi, Hauren Gadagi, Kwanar Dan-marke Motor park, Chalawa, Madobi, Ring Road, Farawa village, Mariri Motor park and Kofar Ruwa, among others,” he said.
Abdul explained that the operation would be sustained to ensure that those drug users did not continue to patronise the joints and the hotspots.
“However, during the raid operation, a 42-year-old suspect named Okechukwu Echefu was arrested with nine cartons of fake Coartem tablets, seven cartons of fake Augmenting tablets.
“Other exhibits found with the suspect included two cartons of Laclox tablets and two cartons containing brand package and label of the fake drugs.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the drugs were imported and also investigation is ongoing which at the end the suspect will be transferred to relevant authority,” he said.
According to him, the command had arrested 176 suspects, out of which eight are female, during the period in review.
He added that a grand total of 736,165 kilograms of exhibits were intercepted by operatives of the command.
Abdul explained that among the drugs intercepted, an exhibit similar to Cannabis called ‘Khat’, imported from South Africa was intercepted.
The commander added that 136 drug users were referred for brief intervention ‘counseling’, while five regular clients were counseled and rehabilitated.
“We were also able to secure the conviction of three suspects, and presently 81 cases are pending. From the statistics and considering the previous record, the supply chain has reduced significantly.
“This I believe was recorded as a result of the new approaches we adopted in combating the menace which has yielded a positive result,” Abdul said.
He commended the Kano Emirate Council and the state government for their relentless efforts towards reducing drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
He called on religious, traditional rulers and community leaders to redouble their efforts in supporting the command in carrying out its responsibilities.
“I also wish to call on property owners to desist from allowing their premises to be use for hoarding drugs or any form of such dealing, as the law has made a provision that will earn such an individual or corporate body a jail term conviction,’’ he warned.
Adamu Aminu, writes from Kano.
Gorilla must vomit the stolen N6.8m – Governor Ganduje orders probe
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered the state Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the claims by the Kano Zoological Gardens that a Gorilla in the state-owned Zoo swallowed N6.8 million.
A statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the State governor, Abba Anwar, says that the order was given on Friday and the commission has already swung into action.
It quoted the governor as directing the commission to look into the immediate and remote circumstances surrounding the allegation and “unearth everything surrounding the incident.”
Recall that last week, N6.8 million generated during the Eid holiday was declared missing, Some staff of the Zoo had alleged that a gorilla in their zoo swallowed the money.
Expectation Soars On The Bid For Next Kano Speaker.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
Speculations and expectation are very high with regards to the current issue of selection of who would occupy the juicy post of the next Speaker of Kano State House of assembly.
An anonymous and highly dependable source said that the contenders vying for the speakership are running from pillar to post in an adrenalin-speed, lobbying and craving for supports from thier political godfathers in order to plug-in the 3rd position in the state .
“There is a big battle for the post, as the situation is taking a new dimension” the insider disclosed.
He added: “Among the forefront contenders aspiring for the Speakership throne includes; Sunusi Usman Bataiya from Albasu, Comrade Musa Ali Kachako, from Takai, Abdulazeez Gafasa from Ajingi, who was an erstwhile speaker, Salisu Ibrahim Riruwai member representing Doguwa and Zubairu Hamza Masu, the lawmaker representing Sumaila constituency.
As it was announced by the management of the Kano state legislative house, the 9th assembly will commence on Monday 10th June 2019, whereby newly-elected lawmakers and returning members will take the oath of office, and subsequently followed by the pronouncement of the new-elected speaker as well as principal officers who are expected to lead the affairs of the house law-making procedures for the next four year term as enshrined in the constitution.
Creating New Emirate, Among My Proudest Moment – Outgoing Kano Speaker.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The out-going Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Kabiru Alhassan Rurum says the creation of four new emirates in Kano is one among the proudest and milestone achievements recorded during his reign of Speakership of Kano State legislative chamber.
Hon Kabiru Rurum made the assertion on Friday while granting last official interview with the assembly’s press crew, shortly after the valedictory session of the Kano 8th assembly.
Rurum, who holds the traditional title of Turakin Rano, says the agitation of creating new Emirates in Kano was a long-standing aspiration for the time immemorial.
“I’m highly elated and overpowered with joy for seeing this dream transform into reality during my reign as Speaker,” Rurum added.
He said apart from this, there is a law, which was amended during his tenure, which he said have been a nightmare for some civil servants such as; Directors, HOD’s and DPM’s which were in past times, were automatically retired as far as one’s spend eight years on that post, even without attaining the retirement age as stipulated by law.
“This predicament in the past has immeasurably inflicted pains and frustration on the victims, to the extent of sending them to premature demise, which is quite disheartening” Rurum sympathised.
While commenting on the challenges moment encountered, the Turaki of Rano, clad in a his signature ensemble traditional white attires, whose face wearing a soberly looks says the hurdles are not far from lack of autonomy suffered by the Kano state assembly in particular, and the rest from other states in general.
“I do hope the teeming 9th assemblies across the federation would enjoy the autonomy which would enable them to outperform their predecessors as far making credible laws to the betterment of the people is a concern” He urged.
“I served in peace, and leaving in harmony, which is my proudest moment worthy of to praise God for his unflinching support and guidance” Hon Rurum asserted.
During the 8th assembly, Kano State House of assembly passed resolution on over 68 motions focusing on the needs of various constituencies in the State.
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