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Gov. Ganduje opposes legalisation of cannabis as Marwa visits Kano

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Gov. Ganduje opposes legalisation of cannabis as Marwa visits Kano

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared his opposition to any attempt to legalize cannabis Sativa in the country even as he vowed that no lawmaker from the state will support such a bid in the National Assembly.

Governor Ganduje made the declaration when the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa led top officials of the Agency on a courtesy visit to him as part of his ongoing War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy visit to the state.

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In his remarks, Gen. Marwa urged the governor not to support any bid to legalize cannabis Sativa by some elected officials in the country. He said the NDLEA is currently doing so much to cut availability and accessibility to illicit drugs across Nigeria, adding that any attempt to legalize the illicit substance will be a setback to the progress made so far.

“With over 8, 634 arrests; 2,776,000 kilograms of 8drugs worth over N100billion seized; 1,630 convictions; 3,232 cases in court, and over 4,000 drug users counseled and rehabilitated between January and now, we are already making substantial progress in our drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts. We are however convinced that the ongoing attempts by some of our elected officials to legalize cannabis which is being abused by over 10.6million Nigerians will be a drawback for the achievements so far. This is why I want to implore Your Excellency and Kano state not to support the attempt to legalize cannabis”, Gen. Marwa stated.

He warned landlords to ensure that they don’t accommodate drug traffickers in their houses because NDLEA would not hesitate to seek forfeiture of any property used to store illicit drugs when the offenders are caught.

He commended the governor for making drug test a prerequisite for public officials and those aspiring into public office in the state. He urged the governor to support NDLEA with hectares of land to build barracks in the state and a property that will house a zonal command office of the Agency in Kano.

In his response, Governor Ganduje said Gen. Marwa is very important to Kano and Nigeria because of the significance of his current assignment, which is equally key to winning the battle against insecurity in the country.

While granting the requests for land and accommodation for a zonal command, the governor assured his guest that besides the stand of Kano state government against drug abuse and trafficking, the predominant religion in the state, Islam is against the twin evils of drug abuse and trafficking. He said Kano has the highest number of federal lawmakers in the National Assembly, adding that none of them will support any attempt to legalize cannabis.

 

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Don’t Accommodate Fraudsters in your Hostels, EFCC Warns Operators

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Don’t Accommodate Fraudsters in your Hostels, EFCC Warns Operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, on Tuesday warned hotel owners across the country not to accommodate suspected internet fraudsters in their facilities.
The agency Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, gave the warning in a statement in Ibadan, following the arrest of 56 suspected internet fraudsters in Abeokuta.
A said that the suspects were apprehended in their hideouts, which happened to be popular hotels in Abeokuta.
He said, “the operation was carried out based on verified intelligence backed by weeks of surveillance.”
According to him, the operation was earlier frustrated by the hotel owners, who employed various antics, including shutting down of power supply, to enable some of the suspects to escape arrest.

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Uwarejen said The action of the hoteliers amounts to deliberate sabotage and obstruction of law enforcement officers, an offence punishable under Section 38 (2) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
He noted that the commission would not tolerate situations where hotel owners or managers permit fraudsters to use their facilities and shield them from arrest by law enforcement.

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Flood Wrecks Havoc in Abuja Estate, Kills Three

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At least three bodies were recovered Monday morning after a flood at Trademoore estate in Lugbe, Abuja.

Residents of the area, however, insist that there are more fatalities.

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Residents said the flood started in the early hours of Monday after a downpour.

Many houses, vehicles, and other properties were also damaged in the flood.

 

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Kogi Jailbreak Leaves Many Soldiers Dead, Hundreds of Inmate Escape

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Kogi Jailbreak Leaves Many Soldiers Dead, Hundreds of Inmate Escape

Hundreds of prisoners have reportedly escaped from the medium federal correctional centre in Kabba, Kabba/Bunu Local Government area of Kogi State.

Reports show that gunmen in their tens attack the prison centre which is on the Kabba – Lokoja highway, on Sunday night through Monday morning, killing the military men keeping guide on the road before attacking the centre.

The gunmen thereafter launched attack on the prison officers before making ways to set all the prisoners free.

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An early morning downpour on Monday according to punch led to their escape. The building housing the inmates was reportedly submerged by flood.

However, about 100 of the inmates have been rearrested, while unspecified number voluntarily returned.

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