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.
Customs Officers Manhandled Express FM Reporter in Kano.
Adamu Aminu, Kano
The operatives of Nigerian Customs Service assaulted Express Radio Reporter Lamin Hassan today in Kano.
The unfortunate incidence took place earlier today at Gwammaja quarters in Kano metropolitan.
Lamin Hassan is officially assigned to investigate and report comprehensively on the incessant complains by the public concerning the alleged harassment by customs officers recently.
“On my arrival at the scene clamping down on a Shopping mall selling Palm-date and Zam-Zam Water which they allegedly branded as contraband, while interviewing some people with regards to the incessant harassment, they came started assaulting me” Hassan said.
Reports reliably indicates that the customs officers snatched the Express Radio’s reporter recording, mutilated his clothes and manhandled him mercilessly.
” I was beaten with a gun on my chest by one custom operative just because I’m discharging my lawful duty” Hassan.
Recently, Customs operatives have intensifies their operations indiscriminately within nooks and crannies of Kano metropolis.
El Zakzaky’s Persecutions, Wickedness Of The Highest Order – University Professor.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
Professor Dahiru Yahaya of the history department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has attributed the longstanding detention of the Shiite leader in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is a federal government wickedness of the highest order.
Professor Yahaya said this while briefing newsmen on Saturday in Kano.
Adding that “Shiites members are peace-loving and law-abiding citizens, but the ongoing persecutions of El-Zakzaky and his teeming followers by the federal government is a deliberate step of subduing the movement by any means necessary, which their ill-motive would not prosper”
The University Don stressed that, in view of the ailments threatening the well-being and life of Sheikh El-Zakzaky while currently in detention, it is highly imperative for the federal government to consider the request of taking him abroad to seek for urgent medical attention.
“Shiite members in Nigeria were glaringly denied their right to worship, to move freely and also prevented from voicing-out their grievances through peaceful demonstration calling for the unconditional release of leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky but instead, they were killed and maimed in broad daylight by the security operatives” he emphasised.
Professor Yahaya goes on to say that even the Idol worshippers and other various faith in Nigeria are enjoying right of worshipping and practising their beliefs without prejudice, while Shiite members are been treated as impostors in their fatherland.
The renowned historian added that it is advisable for the sake of peace and harmony to reign, the federal government must respect the previous court orders which uphold the release of the Shiekh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky unconditionally.
“Saudi Arabia was the brain behind given out these contract to destabilise Shiite movement due to its loggerhead with Iran, and Nigeria is not an exception among the countries who gave patronage to such juicy contracts of putting our movement in disarray” he assured.
Professor Dahiru Yahaya added that living in peace and harmony is what Nigerians are presently craving for, to prosper in their various endeavours and going about practising their beliefs without intimidation and stigmatisation for no obvious reason.
Kano Records 60 months without Polio, says Ganduje
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has urged Kano populace to remain committed towards complimenting government efforts in fighting polio.
Dr. Ganduje made the disclosure on Sunday during the flag-off ceremony of August 2019 National Immunization plus days (NIPDs) held at Tsalle town in Gezawa Local Government Area.
He said this amidst the celebration of 60 months without a fresh outbreak of polio in Kano.
Adding that previous exercises were profoundly achieved by the government through the seamless co-operation and solid commitment given by people.
“It is obviously cleared that 60 months without any newly reported case of polio, is a welcoming development which was celebrated by all and sundry he added.
He urged parents, guardian, as well as caregivers to supports government efforts in the course of branding Nigeria free-polio country.
Earlier, in his remark, the permanent secretary, State ministry of health, Usman Bala said the state government has done a lot towards bringing the virus down to its knees through tireless routine immunisation exercises blended with a massive campaign of public enlightenment to keep people abreast of the need to immunised their children of poliomyelitis.
During the events, the representatives of Kano, Gaya and Rano emirates urged parents not to relent in supporting governments commitment to eradicate the menace poliovirus in Kano and the nation at large.
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