THE NATION FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
NEWS NDLEA impounds 400kg cannabis From Chris Oji, Enugu
HE National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Enugu State has made the highest single seizure of cannabis in the Southeast. Although the value was not stated, the command said it runs into millions of naira. The NDLEA State Commander, Anthony Ohanyere, said 400 kilogrammes of cannabis were impounded in EnuguEzike, Igboeze North Local Government. “Two persons Monday Audu and Monday Adejo from Kogi State were apprehended. “This is the highest single seizure in the state and one of the largest single seizures recorded in the Southeast since the drug war started,” he said. Ohanyere said the latest catch brought the total drug seizures made last year in the state to 653.948 kilogrammes. Last year, the command arrested 133 suspects, including five women. The command also arrested a blind suspect, Hassan Mohammed, from Borno State, who was found with 15.5 kilogrammes of cannabis at the cow market in Oji-River Local Government. Also, the command arrested a mother and her son, Chidera and Ngozi Agu from Amechi, Awkunanaw, Enugu South Local Government with cannabis cleverly packaged to look like ‘okpa’, a local bean cake delicacy. They were about supplying it to the inmates of Oji-River prisons when they were arrested. Another suspect, Sunday Ameh, was arrested with 25.9 kilogrammes of cannabis neatly packaged and concealed in food flasks.
PDP ward congresses begin
HE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State is to conduct ward congresses in the 18 local governments. Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Election of Special Delegates, Mohammed Wakil, urged party officials at the wards to be transparent in conducting the congress. Wakil said national officials liaised with the PDP State Chairman and State Organising Secretary to pro-
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vide electoral and returning officers for the congresses. He said the distribution of the materials at the party secretariat was open and called on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement officers to monitor the conduct of the congresses at the wards. The primary will take place on Monday between Governor Liyel Imoke and former PDP chairman, Soni Abang.
JTF arrests 81 suspects, destroys 108 illegal refineries T HE Joint Task Force (JTF), codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, in Rivers State arrested 36 kidnap suspects, 11 robbery suspects, 34 suspected crude oil thieves in the last one month. It destroyed 108 illegal refineries and rescued a kidnapped female corps member and her female visitor. The Commander, sectors 2 and 3, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said 13 suspects were killed by security operatives during the period. Buratai, who is also the Commander of 2 Amphibious Brigade, Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, said
•Rescues kidnapped Corps member From Bisi Olaniyi, Port Harcourt
over 60 hoodlums were injured during exchange of gunfire with JTF operatives. He said six robbery and four kidnap attempts were foiled. The JTF commander said the Task Force lost two soldiers while four others were injured. Twenty kidnap victims were rescued during the period. The commander said the security outfit recovered
six vehicles, four speed boats, five AK-47 rifles, 26 short guns, two pump action guns and one pistol. Buratai lauded the government and people of Rivers State for their assistance to security agencies, which he said had led to effective crime control. The army commander also stated that security operatives yesterday rescued the kidnapped corps member and her visitor. The police had rescued a abducted male corps member, kidnapped on January
14 at Odagwa, Etche Local Government Area with the female corps member and her visitor. Buratai said the team also arrested some suspects. The commander noted that the hoodlums initially kidnapped three corps members and their visitor, but two of the corps members escaped. He stated that the two victims who escaped helped security agents in locating the hideout of the hoodlums. Buratai added that efforts were on to rescue a little girl, who was kidnapped in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government on January 14.
Oshiomhole slashes AAU fees
DO State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday announced some palliative measures to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government. Among the measures are reduction in the tuition fee of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), free medical treatment for pensioners and persons who are 70 and above, abolition of fees paid in all the Senior Secondary Schools and free eye treatment, including glasses for persons who are 60 and above. Oshiomhole, who spoke in
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a state wide broadcast, reduced the fees of regular students of AAU by N15,000 and those of part-time students by N5,000. With this, a Social Science student who paid N50,000 will now pay N35,000. A science student who paid N60,000 will now pay N45,000. He said the AAU management would not lose any revenue as the government would pay for the shortfall. The governor directed
management of the Edo Transport Services to introduce a 50 per cent subsidy on transport fares for primary and secondary school pupils in uniform. “I am convinced that the process of rebuilding this trust requires that we take concrete, visible and measurable steps aimed at creatively using the accruing revenue to deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of our people in the shortest possible time. “I am deeply gratified by the appreciation of my position and role in the resolution of the crisis arising
from the subsidy reduction. For me, there are no easy solutions to the problems that confront our nation.”
The Nation January 20, 2012