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Kidnappers, Other Criminals Now Demand Drugs As Ransom — Marwa

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he Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mohammed Buba Marwa, has said kidnappers and other criminals now demand drugs as ransom from their victims.

In a statement released through Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s director of media and publicity, Marwa disclosed this during the inauguration of a “Special Purpose Committee” of the agency to mobilise against drug abuse, peddling and trafficking.

He also called on Nigerians to take ownership of the renewed fight against the menace of drug abuse in the country.

Babafemi quoted Marwa as saying that the involvement of all Nigerians in the fight has become imperative because of the great danger the problem of drug abuse poses to the society and the country at large.


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He said, “Use of drugs in Nigeria today is at an epidemic proportion of approximately 15 million, nearly three times global prevalence. No wonder, so much criminality everywhere in our land and it is increasing instead of abating with such symptoms as kidnapping, insurgency, banditry, rape, and assassinations.

“Behind it all is drug use. Criminals now ask for ransom in drugs and unless we get to this root cause, we will only be scratching the surface, as the criminalities will continue to flourish.

“Unfortunately, drug use does not show in the face, but we all know somebody or someone who knows somebody doing drugs and that is why we all need to come together as Nigerians to fight the menace.

“Today, I am deployed to serve with the patriotic officers and men of the NDLEA, the lead agency for controlling, coordinating and taking charge of the war against drugs throughout Nigeria. The fight cannot be ours to fight alone. It must be a collective fight. We need the collaboration of every segment of the Nigeria society.

“The committee, being inaugurated today, is the first step in involving our society in this fight. With your membership coming entirely from outside the agency, you will serve as our Think Tank. You will be involved in public policy discourse on drugs with us in the NDLEA, you will help us with advice and suggestions and may even participate in the implementation of some of your own suggestions if the situation warrants.

“Assembled here today are – academic, civil society practitioners in drug rehabilitation, medical professionals, youth, women groups representatives, media, public advocacy groups, religious bodies and more. One passion connects us all: passion to eliminate drug use from families, streets, communities, public places and in short Nigeria as a whole.”

According to him, it was in realisation of the problems of drug abuse that President Muhammadu Buhari, inaugurated the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, in 2018, with the mandate to bring to him recommendations on how best to tackle and eliminate the drug scourge within the shortest possible time.

“No president before him has shown so much passion in the drug scourge menace. I should take this opportunity to recognise the interventional efforts of our esteemed First Lady, Her Excellency, Dr Aisha Buhari towards the creation of PACEDA and her personal participation in PACEDA and that of Her Excellency, wife of the Vice President who also has demonstrated commitment and zeal.”

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FFK Instrumental To The Abduction Of Nnamdi Kanu – Ohanaeze

FFK only played into the hearts and confidence of his Igbo casualties, got sensitive information from the so-called Igbo elites, and passed it on to the Presidency.

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pex-Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has stated that a former aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was used to deceived IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA, the group disclosed that the Nigerian presidency used FFK to extract ‘sensitive information’ from Kanu.

Okanga Trumpeters earlier reported that Fani-Kayode defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC on Thursday. The statement, signed by the secretary-general of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro read in ‘Part;

“Femi Fani Kayode’s magniloquence and grandiosity on the unity of Nigeria contrary to his previous stance on Biafra and Oduduwa Nations shortly after he was received by President Buhari as a new APC member, had reinforced our suspicions that” FFK was a pawn in the hands of Igbo detractors playing the scripts craftily designed for the engineering of sponsored violence and uprising against the people of southeast through Nnamdi Kanu, as he consistently enticed Igbo Governors and Nnamdi Kanu as a friend of Ndigbo, with fanciful and deceitful words to achieve this devilish agenda, which he had accomplished before he decamped unexpectedly to APC”

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“FFK only played into the hearts and confidence of his Igbo casualties, got sensitive information from the so-called Igbo elites, and passed it on to the Presidency.

“He has been a secret agent of the caliphate and the Presidency against Igbo, perhaps, he might be instrumental in the illegal abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu undoubtedly his wizardry and satanic roles lured Nnamdi Kanu into demolishing the confidence of Nigerians against trusting Igbo with Presidency in 2023 and indirectly encouraged violence throughout the southeast states.”

“We insist that its the constitutional rights of FFK to join any political party of his choice but should further desist from making boastful comments on how he will lure Igbo PDP Governors to APC, first of all, he should tender unreserved apologies to Governor Umahi over the falsehoods and his makeup stories of being instrumental in the defection of three PDP Governors to APC, which Gov Umahi was among them.”

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Enugu State Assembly Passes Anti-open Grazing Bill

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nugu State House of Assembly has passed the anti-open grazing bill brought before it.
The bill which is for a law to prohibit open grazing, regulate cattle ranching, and for connected purposes was passed during the Assembly plenary in Enugu on Thursday.
The leader of the Assembly, Mr Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the passage followed the consideration of the report of the public hearing, presented by the chairman of its joint committee, Mrs Amaka Ugwueze.
The Joint Committee is on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Judiciary, Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges, Youth, Sports, and Security Matters.
Ezeugwu said that the bill would be cited as Enugu State Prohibition of Open Grazing, Regulate Cattle Ranching, and other Connected Purposes (HB.7) 2021.

 

The lawmaker explained that the bill would ensure security and peace in the state.
The joint committee had on Tuesday held a public hearing on the bill.
It was where residents represented by the traditional rulers, town union leaders, leaders of various groups, and institutions gave the Assembly the support to go ahead with passage of the bill.
The House had also received and accepted the report from the member representing Isi-Uzo constituency Mrs Amaka Ugwueze that all the oral and written submissions received by the committee were in support of immediate passage of the bill.
The bill is a 16-page document with 36 sections.
Speaking after the passage, the Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, emphasized that the bill was not targeted at anybody or group but for the good people of the state and others that live in it.
Ubosi thanked the sponsors, noting that the people of the state had been clamoring for the law for a long time.
He also expressed optimism that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would not waste time in accenting to it.
The Speaker thanked the Joint Committee Chairman, Mrs Ugwueze, the Co-chairmen, Mr Emma Ugwuerua and Mr Chinedu Okwu as well as other members for their expertise and the speed with which they handled the assignment.
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Obaseki Under Attack for Mandatory Vaccination in Edo State

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do State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is been attacked by Edo people and Nigerians for mandating presentation of Covid-19 Vaccination certificates in the state.

“The presentation of certificates of COVID-19 vaccination will from the second week of September be compulsory  for entry into areas of large gatherings like churches, mosques, banks, wedding, and burial places”.

Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki said this kicking off the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination at the Government House, Benin on Monday.

Obaseki  explained that the proposed measure was informed by the   devastating effects of  the third wave of the virus in the country.

He pointed out that the latest reports indicate that 96 percent of persons infected with Delta variant had  not been vaccinated.

The governor  said: “From what we have seen so far, the COVID-19 is here to stay. There may be other waves. We need to find a solution. That is why vaccination is very important.

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This policy by the Governor however doesn’t sit well with people of the state and many other concerned Nigerians. In a publication he made on his official Facebook page, the Governor released venues where Vaccination takes place in the state.

Reactions that trailed the publication showed the people are against forceful vaccination in the South South state.

“so call health facilities? Mr governor, leave this vaccination matter. It will not work. You can not continue with the race anymore. It is already a failed plan”. – One of the comment said

 

Maurice Yeptei wrote;

You are now the WHO president abi? Twale. Use the analysis to build schools, create roads, empower youths. Charge your lap technicians, your doctors and nurses on research and development of the vaccine, instead of wasting Edo’s money on foreign medicines that are even a donation. What is really wrong with our leaders in this country?

Onaghinor Osa James said – “It’s a good development. But Sir vaccination is a right not a force. Prevention and awareness is what they need. Even here in advance countries where it was worst. People were not forced. People have their rights. Sir”

Engr Jimmy Coker EyeSpy repliedThis is unconstitutional, it’s against human right and its oppression to force anyone to take the vaccine against their will, what Edo need is good roads, electricity, schools, security, etc. for over a year now Edo is without state assembly, local government chairmen or counselors, mass vaccination is the last thing we the Edo people are craving at the moment…this is not a good plan.

 

Simon Blizz also wrote;

Mr Governor Sir, Covid-19 Vaccine is not really the problem of our citizens, people are dying of hunger on daily basis, no job, no good road’s, if it rains a lot of person’s can’t access their home due to bad road’s all over the state, please swing in to action, close to a year now you couldn’t appoint cabinet members to assist you to run your administration, 5 of you’re ruling the state right now as it’s, please his Excellency save your reputation by doing the needful
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