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.
Kano: Many quarantined, as Lassa Fever Kills three.
By Adamu Aminu, Kano.
At least three people have died of a disease suspected to be Lassa Fever in the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital while those that had contact with them are quarantined, a situation that has amounted to uncertainty.
Reliable sources, craved for anonymity from the hospital told First Weekly Magazine that a pregnant woman, already dead had a caesarian session about three weeks ago, suspected to be the source of the disease.
“A House Officer that died recently assisted in the C/S that was done to the woman. The late Dr Habib who died recently had contact with the patient in ICU. The SR that operated the patient is currently sick and has been isolated” the source confirmed.
The source also said that measures are being taken to curved the situation as the hospital is processing the procurement of treatments.
“Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital is in the process of securing Ribavirin for all the primary contacts of the patient. Healthcare workers should be vigilant and cautious” the source added.
More so, there was a statement issued by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA to staff of the hospital. Part of the statement reads
“My dear colleagues,
It is sad we’ve lost our colleagues within a week.
There are 2 cases of suspected Lassa fever (whose samples were taken to confirm diagnosis)
“While awaiting the results. There was an emergency meeting this evening for a harmonious effort between the Kano State MOH & AKTH.”
“Both sides have shown commitment so far; Suspected cases received IV Ribavrin and were transferred out to Yargaya Isolation centre; All primary contacts are to be on quarantine; Contact tracing will continue from tomorrow morning, and all those identified should please comply, for early treatment in order to stem the tide of any possibilities.
Just In: Lassa Fever Allegedly Kills A Patient, Two Doctors In Kano.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
An ailment similar in symptoms with Lassa Fever has claimed three lives in Kano with others in intensive care unit of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
First Weekly Magazine reports that a pregnant woman from Bauchi suspected to be the carrier, already dead, had a caesarean section 20 days ago at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano.
Supreme Courts Verdicts: PDP Kano, Tells Ganduje to Awaits Real Judgment In the hereafter.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The faction of the Kwankwasiyya members in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict on Monday, reaffirming Governor Ganduje as the winner in the 2019 governorship elections.
In a statement signed by the Spokesperson to Abba K. Yusuf, the 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa described the state of democracy in Nigeria as unfortunate.
“Today’s judgement on the Kano governorship tussle further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy.” He said.
According to Dawakin Tofa, the Kwankwasiyya officials had earlier forwarded enough evidences before the Apex Court with full confidence that justice would be served.
“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.” He added.
“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid.”
Recall that Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court had on Monday affirmed the victory of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state and dismissed the petitions forwarded to it by PDP.
FWM, recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
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