The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a Hyundai ambulance conveying cartons of 225 miligrammes of Tramadol.
Muhammad Abba-Kura, the Controller of Apapa Area Command of NCS, stated this while showing the seized vehicle and the drugs to journalists in Lagos.
The officials of the NCS intercepted the drugs while the driver was trying to smuggle them out using the ambulance’s siren as a distraction.
According to Abba-Kura, further investigations revealed that the drugs were stolen from a container waiting for examination inside the port.
“It is regrettable to state that while the Nigeria Customs Service is working to free this country of illicit goods, some unpatriotic citizens are not relenting in their desperate urge to sabotage our efforts,” he said.
Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon
Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.
The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.
According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.
Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.
NDLEA talks tough over Gombe farmers inducing labourers with hard drugs
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Aliyu Adole gave the warning in an interview with the newsmen on Friday.
Adole said that investigation revealed that some farmers were in the habit of adulterating milk and pudding with drugs before giving them to labourers employed to work in their farms, to enable them work tirelessly.
According to him, most of their victims were youths between the ages of 15 and 30 irrespective of gender.
The Commandant said “I want to seize this opportunity to warn perpetrators of such act, that NDLEA will not leave any stone unturned to ensure they face the wrath of the law.
“Those found wanting will be prosecuted, therefore desist from such act.
”Research in the state had shown that youths, male and female, were the major victims of drug abuse.
”Further findings showed that the impact of drug abuse on academic activities impede with the physiological, psychological and emotional functions of the students.”
Adole said that the effect of drugs could impair the memory and affects other intellectual faculties.
He also said that some of these youths also engage in related vices of drug trafficking which seriously affect the nation’s development and render the labour market saturated with unwanted or unqualified labour force.
BREAKING: Police nab suspected killers of Enugu Catholic Priest
DAILY POST reports that this was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu state, CP Suleiman Balarabe during a press briefing at the Command’s headquarters.
Fr. Offu was murdered early this month at Awgu Area of the State, a development that sparked outrage.
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