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NDLEA Intercepts 75.8kg of Cannabis in Ondo, Rivers

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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has intercepted 75.8kg of cannabis in Ondo and Rivers states.

The agency made the disclosure in a statement issued by NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja. He said that operatives of the agency in Ondo state intercepted and seized 60 kilogrammes of cannabis, following a tip-off. Babafemi said that during the operation, a 29-year-old man was arrested in Matado street, Akure, Akure South Local Government Area of the state. Babafemi quoted the acting Commander of NDLEA in Ondo State, Callys Alumona, as saying that the location was raided at 9:45 pm. and that the suspect was arrested when he was about to evacuate the consignment outside the state.

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Similarly, Babafemi said that another drug dealer and suspected armed robber was also arrested by officers of Rivers command of the agency in Iroko village. He said that 15.8 kilogrammes of cannabis and 16 SIM cards were recovered from him. Babafemi quoted the NDLEA Commander in Rivers, Rachael Shelleng, as saying that further investigation would unravel other criminal activities perpetrated by the suspect.

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NDLEA Chairman Opposes Legalization of Cannabis in Nigeria

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NDLEA Chairman Opposes Legalization of Cannabis in Nigeria

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mohammed Marwa has opposed demands for the legalization of cannabis in Nigeria while stating that the nation cannot afford to mortgage the lives of the citizens for financial gains by legalizing cannabis.

He said this on Monday, in response to earlier calls by Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu for the legalization of cultivation of Cannabis Sativa in the country.

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While addressing journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital ahead of the 2021 World Drug Day, Marwa said it is not acceptable to NDLEA and that the agency will continue to burn down marijuana farms and prosecute whoever is caught doing the business.

He, therefore, said such calls by the Ondo State Governor and some legislators must be resisted at all cost.

The NDLEA Chairman also reiterated his suggestion to have politicians subjected to drug testing before they are allowed to contest for elective positions. According to him, this has become necessary to ensure that only sane persons are allowed to lead the country in whatever capacity.

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 37 in Bauchi

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 37 in Bauchi

The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has said the death toll from the Cholera outbreak recorded in the state is now 37.

Cholera is triggered by the infection and inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms can include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting.

According to Rilwanu Mohammed, chairman of BSPHDA, the infection has spread from 13 to 15 LGAs of the state.

Mohammed said 1,799 cases were recorded from May 25 to when the current report was compiled.

He said the affected LGAs included Bauchi; Darazo; Dass; Giade; Ganjuwa; Jama’are; Misau; Ningi; Shira; Tafawa; Balewa; Warji; Alkaleri; Kirfi, Shira, and Zaki.

“The LGAs with the highest number of cases are Bauchi 1,334, Toro 165, Ningi 91 and Dass 60,” he said.

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He said the agency has continued to deploy drugs and other medical material to all general hospitals in the state.

The chairman also said the state’s rapid response was deploying all measures to curtail the further spread.

He asked the general public to practise environmental and personal hygiene and report all cases to the nearest health facilities.

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Cholera Outbreak in Bauchi Records 20 Deaths

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Cholera Outbreak in Bauchi Records 20 Deaths

The Bauchi State Ministry of health has reported 322 cases with 20 deaths from a cholera outbreak and a case fatality put at 6.2%.

The state commissioner of health, Aliyu Maigoro, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday, said the index case was a 37- year- old housewife, who was admitted at the Burra General Hospital on April 24, 2021, in Ningi Local Government Area.

He said upon her admission, it was discovered there is an ongoing outbreak of the similar disease in neighboring communities like Sumaila and other Local Government Areas of Kano State, which may have spread to Bauchi.

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‘‘Bauchi recorded 147 cases with nine deaths, Toro 58 cases with three deaths, Ningi 51 cases with three deaths, Misau had 31 cases with four deaths, Giade recorded 10 cases with one death, Ganjuwa seven cases with no death, Shira and Darazo recorded one case each with no deaths while Warji had 16 cases with no deaths. This brings the total of confirmed cases to 322 with 20 deaths and 6.2 per cent death rate,” he stated.

The commissioner however noted that isolation centers have been set up in all General Hospitals of the affected LGs, while surveillance activities have been heightened to detect and report cases promptly.

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