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NDLEA seizes 399 explosives, illicit drugs, grandma, others arrested

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Arrested suspect with impounded Cannabis
No fewer than 399 pieces of improvised explosive devices were recovered by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency from one Asana Leke, 39, along Mokwa-Jebba Road on Thursday, September 7.

The suspect, who said the explosives were handed to him at a park in Ibadan, Oyo State, to be delivered to someone in Kaduna, had since, alongside the exhibits, been transferred to the military authorities in Niger State.

Apart from the various drug control efforts, the NDLEA state commands and other formations also continued the anti-narcotics agency’s war against drug abuse advocacy campaigns in schools, worship places, palaces and local communities amongst others.

The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, made the development known on Sunday .

He also noted that NDLEA operatives intercepted consignments of skunk concealed in tomato pastes, and methamphetamine hidden in used clothes meant for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

“While the skunk in tomato pastes consignment weighing 20kgs was intercepted on Friday, September 8, at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, the meth shipment with a gross weight of 1.60kg was seized at a courier company in Lagos.

“Another consignment of 556 grammes of Canadian Loud sent from Canada to one Tunji Adebayo in Ikorodu, Lagos, was also intercepted by NDLEA officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, attached to courier firms.

“Though Adebayo was not home when operatives visited his house at 52, Aina Atoloye Street, Ikorodu, he, however, directed his younger brother to sign for the package on his behalf. The brother was promptly arrested,” Babafemi said.

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Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives on Monday, September 4, raided the enclave of a notorious drug lord in Akala, Mushin, Lagos, Abdul Rauf, aka ‘Na God’, where 1,101kgs of Ghanaian Loud was recovered and three suspects arrested, while the wanted kingpin remains at large.

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In Ogun State, a follow-up operation led to the arrest of Yinka Azeez at Sabo Lafenwa, Abeokuta on Tuesday, September 5, following the seizure of 41kgs of cannabis from Titilayo Adetayo at Sagumu Interchange the previous day.

Also, at least, two suspects: Muhammad Aliyu, 38, and Abdullahi Zakariya, 40, were arrested in Zaria-Kano Road and Haye Arewa, Hotoro, Kano, respectively with over 426.5 kilogrammes of skunk on Tuesday, September 5.

While Onyeka Uzor, 25, was arrested at Idemili, Anambra State, with 64.8kgs skunk and Tramadol, another suspect, Destiny Irabor, was nabbed on Friday, September 8, with over 180kgs of opioids loaded in his Toyota Sienna bus.

In Kaduna, two suspects; Ahmed Yusuf and Rilwan Nura, were arrested on Wednesday, September 6, in connection with the seizure of 100 blocks of cannabis weighing 55kgs along Abuja road.

In Edo State, NDLEA operatives stormed the Ekudo forest in Onwude Local Government Area where they destroyed cannabis farms measuring 4.236347 hectares.

In the same vein, operatives on Thursday, September 7, raided the house of one Amuodu Egwehide, 40, in Iloje Okpuje, Owan West LGA, where they recovered 22 bags of skunk weighing 261.4kgs, while a 60-year-old grandma, Mrs Eunice Egwehide, was arrested in the town same day with 17kgs of same substance seized from her.

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A suspect, Gapchiya Modu, 26, was arrested with 60kgs of cannabis along Kano-Nguru Road, Nguru, Yobe State, while in Imo State, 200 blocks of the same substance weighing 57kgs were recovered from Usim Orji, 45, along Aba-Owerri road on Wednesday, September 6.

After over two months of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, September 6, arrested a wanted kingpin, Idoko Ifesinachi, 40, linked to the importation of 76.9kgs of Canadian Loud intercepted in a container marked MSDU6686346 at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers State on June 2.

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He was arrested at his hideout in Lagos and taken to Port Harcourt.

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Caritas advocacy team storms Anambra Govt House with CREAM project

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Caritas advocacy team storms Anambra Govt House with CREAM project

By Chuks Collins, Awka

The Justice Development and Peace Caritas, (JDPC) team of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi has taken its advocacy message to the Special Adviser (SPAD) to Gov Chukwuma Soludo (Political Matters) Dr Alex Obiogbolu at the Government House complex, Awka.

The advocacy team led by its Director- Rev. Fr. Benedict Chima Okolo said the visit
was part of their Community Resilience Engagement And Management (CREAM) Project being implemented in the State in partnership with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room with funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (UK FCDO).

Rev. Fr. Okolo in his remarks appreciated Dr. Obiogbolu for the opportunity he provided to his Team to engage and interact with his office on the developmental concerns of the Diocese as it affects Anambra State, especially in Health and Education sectors.

He extolled the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room for their efforts in entrenching democracy and good governance in Nigeria and also commended UK- FCDO for their regular support to local organizations in amplifying the change that they want to see for the good of the society.

The Technical Project Staff of the CREAM project, Onyekachi Ololo in his presentation noted that the CREAM project focuses on bridging education and health knowledge gap in Anambra State.

This, according to him was to empower the citizens in asserting their rights in order to foster a more informed and equitable society.

Ololo explained that 60 community working groups were established across 12 select communities from 6 LGAs of the 3 senatorial zones of the stat. The selection, he pointed out was based on council areas with higher security and flooding issues.

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The Technical Project Staff said that a buffer local government area was then chosen to understudy the effects of the policies and programs of the government in the areas of education and healthcare in these selected communities for effective engagement with relevant stakeholders.

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Ololo noted that the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, fuel subsidy removal amongst rising inflation was enough to begin building the resilience of community members.

The palliative program of Anambra State government according to him would be great to provide succour to the citizens if properly implemented in the state.

He said that findings by the Community Working Groups around Budget Implementation and Project Tracking exercise revealed that the government needed to give more attention to the education and healthcare facilities.

He applauded the great impact of the free education and free antenatal care and delivery orograms at government owned facilities, stating that feeders from citizens reveal that they are happy with the programs.

In his reaction, the Special Adviser, Dr Obiogbolu commended the resolve of JDPC, Nnewi Diocese to engage the government and hold public office holders accountable.

He called on more CSOs to constructively engage the government and ensure that they demand good governance and accountability from their leaders.

He revealed that the dream of the Anambra State governor for Anambra State and Ndi-Anambra has always been to build a livable and prosperous destination state for investment and that his policies and programs were geared towards achieving this dream.

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Dr Obiogbolu used the occasion to highlight the landmark achievements of the administration of the day.

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House of Reps orders NAFDAC to suspend ban on alcohol in sachets, pet bottles

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House of Reps orders NAFDAC to suspend ban on alcohol in sachets, pet bottles
• Alcohol in Sachets and Pet Bottles

The suspension is pending the outcome of its investigation on the matter.

Rep. Regina Akume, chairman, House Committee on NAFDAC, said this in Abuja after a public hearing on the ban of the product on Friday.

She said there were proper steps to take before the ban, adding that there was a need to put access control procedures in place.

This, she said, was to prevent children and youths from consuming the alcoholic contents of the sachet and pet bottles.

She said the committee was entrusted with the essential responsibility and effectiveness of NAFDAC for the creation of employment and enhancing economic growth.

She promised to reach a level playing ground between NAFDAC and manufacturers that would not be detrimental to children or public safety.

Speaking earlier, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, director-general, NAFDAC, said the ban was imposed to protect the health and welfare of children, youths, and other vulnerable groups.

“We tried to protect the market, and that was why we agreed to a five-year moratorium for the manufacturers to phase out alcoholic drinks in sachets and pet bottles in December 2018.

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According to her, it is a ministerial directive and not unilaterally made by NAFDAC, and the expiration of that five-year period has come.

Mrs Adeyeye said that, in spite of the agreement on the ban on alcohol in sachets and pet bottles, it was shocking to NAFDAC that the campaign from manufacturers was mounting.

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She said that a lot of issues could have been solved before now, adding that the agency was not against the production of alcoholic drinks but alcohol in sachets and pet bottles to wade off children from unnecessary access.

“The World Health Organisation had a resolution in 2010, in which Nigeria was a co-signer, that each country will have alcohol that is less reachable and less accessible to the youth, and nothing has been done about that until now.

“It is very unfortunate we are where we are now because the children who are used to taking alcohol will also become vulnerable to drug abuse.”

Mrs Adeyeye said that as a result of the alcohol in sachets, about “30 per cent of our children now take alcohol casually.”

She, however, said the market that was going to be lost, as expressed by the manufacturer, would be about 30 per cent because such could be easily concealed in the pocket.

Segun Kadilimni, director general of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), however, said there was no major basic disagreement between it and NAFDAC.

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He added that MAN remained committed to protecting the youth and children from accessing alcohol.

Mr Kadilimni said the issue remained how to protect the underaged, saying: “We have realised that there is a process to get there, but banning the product will be counterproductive.”

According to him, this is because you are going to open the market to producers of illicit drugs, and these are people you cannot control.

“I believe if we work together, we will be able to eradicate underage access. These sachets are not produced for children but for adults, and they have been warned not to consume them.”

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The committee, however, adjourned indefinitely.

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10 ways to ensure safe and healthy foods for family during economic hardship

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10 ways to ensure safe and healthy foods for family during economic hardship
• Foodstuff in Nigeria
Nigeria is currently grappling with a significant economic downturn characterised by spiraling inflation which has significantly impacted the purchasing power of Nigerians.

The economic hardship has made it tough for many families to provide healthy food for their loved ones with protests against hunger now a constant news item in recent times.

However, with some planning, resourcefulness, and creativity, you can provide healthy meals without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways to help you navigate these difficult times:

1.     Planning and prioritisation: This is the period to plan meals. It helps you avoid impulse purchases and food waste. You can also create a tracker to understand your baseline and set a limit you can comfortably stick to.

2.     Be friends with your local farmers’ market: Look for deals at the end of the day and consider “ugly” produce that’s perfectly edible. Seasonal options are often cheaper and fresher. You can also join a buying group to purchase larger quantities of seasonal produce at wholesale prices, benefiting from economies of scale.

3.     Master one-pot meals: “One-pot” meals like jollof rice, beans, and plantain, or yam pottage are affordable, filling, and packed with nutrients. Cook them more.

4.     No to leftovers: Transform leftover food into other delicacies. Leftover rice could be transformed into fried rice while leftover vegetables can be used in soups.

5.     Shop smart: Instead of shopping from one place, you can compare prices across different markets to find the best deals. You can also explore options like buying directly from local farmers or patronising smaller stores that may offer competitive prices.

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6.     Maximize savings: Learn effective storage techniques for different food items to extend their shelf life and prevent spoilage. To avoid wastage, cook only what you can consume at once.

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7.     Grow your food: You can also some food like vegetables, and even peppers on your balcony for a constant supply of fresh produce. If space is limited, consider joining a community garden to access shared resources and learn from experienced gardeners.

8.     Eat healthy as a family: Involve other family members in meal planning, You can discuss budget limitations and encourage their input on healthy and affordable meal options.

9.     Limit processed foods: They are often high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and added sugar, offering little nutritional value and can drain your budget. You can opt for brown rice, over refined white options for sustained energy and fiber.

10.  Eat more vegetables: Many local vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, offering a budget-friendly and nutritious alternative to imported options.

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