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Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine

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Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine

An alleged Nigerian drug kinpin has been arrested in connection with the haul of ecstasy pills worth Rs 1 crore ($136.000)at Bengaluru airport, India.

Sylvester Henry Owen, 41, was arrested at his rental home near Hommadevanahalli, near Bannerghatta Road, on Thursday, September 10 and produced before a magistrate on Friday evening, and remanded in judicial custody.

The arrest was made in a joint operation by Customs officials at Kempegowda International Airport and local police. The operation was headed by Customs Joint Commissioner J D Chetan.

Sleuths say he was staying in Bengaluru on the pretext of importing and exporting hair for wig making.
 

It was gathered that on Tuesday, Customs’ Cargo Intelligence Unit (CIU) sleuths had unearthed about 1,980 ecstasy pills hidden inside a German-made foot massaging machine at the air cargo complex at KIA. The machine had arrived from Belgium through DHL couriers.

 Growing suspicious after scanning the package, sleuths had opened it to find three packets containing the pills also known as MDMA or Molly, neatly hidden inside brown duct tape packing in the machine.   “After removing the contents, we repacked it and made a DHL agent call Owen on Thursday morning to say that the parcel would be delivered shortly. Owen asked the agent to come near a baker at Hommadevanahalli in Horamavu,” an investigating official said.  A DHL van with a driver and two Customs officials masquerading as cargo centre employees, headed to the location, with officials following close behind them. Tracking the consignee details with help from DHL delivery staff and Hulimavu police, a team of customs officials knocked on the doors of the receiver in Hommadevanahalli on Thursday morning.
  “A man came to the courier van and attempted to take delivery of the parcel by producing his identification card. Our team immediately pinned him down and raided his rented home where we found another 200g of ganja,” an investigating officer said.

  He was identified as Sylvester Henry Owen, a Nigerian passport holder. Customs says Owen had the pills sent through his associate in Brussels and it was concealed in the massager and sent to KIA. Sleuths say Owen had planned to procure the psychotropic substance for sale in Bengaluru.  “When one of our stafffers handed over the parcel, Owen showed his identity proof with a passport. After confirming his identity, we nabbed him in the middle of the road. He is well-built and resisted, but was overpowered and taken to the Customs office,” 
 Owen was produced before a magistrate on Friday evening,  and remanded in judicial custody, sources added.  An investigation is underway to find out if Owen had smuggled drugs on earlier occasions and on his local links in substance peddling. “We expect crucial information from him to nab bigger fish,” the official added.

Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine
Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine
Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine
Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 worth of ecstasy pills concealed in foot massaging machine

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FG announces zamfara a restricted air space

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FG announces Zamfara a restricted air space, orders huge military deployment.

The Nigerian government has forced a restricted air space in Zamfara as a feature of endeavors to handle the security challenges in the state.

As indicated by The Cable, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno uncovered on Tuesday, March 2, that President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted mining exercises in Zamfara to stop the rising instability.

He said the president had requested the service of protection to convey a huge military and insight resources for reestablish routineness in the state. The Nation detailed that they requested the military to recover all regions heavily influenced by desperados, radicals.

Monguno said:

“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed . The government has the responsibility to assert its will.

“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.”

The security adviser stated that the president also warned against ethnic profiling.Zamfara state has recorded a few assaults by bandits.The new incident included the grabbing of many young ladies from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara nearby government zone of the state.

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Igboho promises a protest if his accounts are not released

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Self-acclaimed political dissident, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, on Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for freezing his financial assets, following his assault on the fulani herdsmen in Oyo State.

Igboho, who addressed Vanguard, affirmed that all his financial asset have been frozen by the Federal Government since certain individuals were gathering donations.

Nonetheless, Igboho said he had no hands in the said donations, cautioning that his records should be released to dodge protest by young people across the South-West area.

His words: “They have frozen my bank accounts because I am fighting a just course.

I know Yoruba people are behind me.“I will not relent. I must achieve my aims by putting an end to criminalities in Yorubaland.

“If they refuse to release my accounts, there will be serious protests across the South-West.

“Yes, the Yoruba are living in fear. They are afraid that the killer-herdsmen might attack them.

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IGP adamu retires

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Adamu enrolled in the Police Force on February 2, 1986.

The IGP who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed IGP in January 2019. He has gone through two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are additionally due for retirement with him today.

It is accepted that there is a mission to broaden Adamu’s residency.

However, some have contended against such expansion, since it would negate the arrangements of the Police Act 2020 that fixes the retirement of cops at 60 years old or 35 years of administration.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

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