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Nigerian hairdresser narrates how she was hypnotised, kidnapped in Ondo

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A 29- year-old, hairdresser, Morayo Ayeni has narrated how she and her customer were hypnotised and abducted by unknown gunmen but rescued along Ore/Akure highway in Ondo State by the state security outfit code-named Amotekun.

Morayo was rescued by the patrol team of the corps in Akure.

Narrating her ordeal to newsmen at the Akure office of Amotekun, the victim, an indigene of Irele local government, but resides in Ore, in Odigbo council area of the state said “a lady walked into my shop, I have never seen her before, she said she wanted to make her hair, then I told her I was going for our association’s meeting.

“She claimed she was also going somewhere, that she just needed a little retouch of her hair.

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“I asked her to step aside to enable me to clean up the shop, then she got a phone call and informed the person to stop disturbing her and hung up the call angrily.

“Then she told me that she didn’t know the person that was calling her, but the man called her again and said “where are you, I’ll come and meet you there, if you see me, you will recognize me” then she described my saloon to him.

“As I was sweeping, I saw a black Camry car with a tinted glass, then a man alighted and told the lady that ” this is me that you said you didn’t recognize”.

“The lady still said she didn’t know him, then the man approached my shop and hit me with an object in his hand.

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” He also said, ” what about you, hairdresser, don’t you recognize me ?”

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” I felt like I was electrocuted and I told him that I’ve never seen him before and he said, ” why am I even talking to you two, you see that car over there, go into it”.

” That was all I could remember, by the time I regained consciousness, I heard someone telling me to wake up. I heard him talking to someone on the phone that he had been able to pick the ladies.

“He didn’t have enough airtime on his phone, he was asking me if I had on mine, I was scared but I told him I had, then he snatched my phone and called that person back.

“He said we have brought them”, the man he was talking to asked him to hold us very well, saying we must not escape from him.

” The lady that came to make her hair sat at the front and I sat at the back, the man himself was the one who drove the car.

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“When we got there, he took us to one house with a black gate, then he said this gate is locked, there is no way we can enter”, then the other men in the car said there’s an alternative route, we were still sitting in the car, the man and others entered and took us to another house with a red gate.

“The back of the gate is bushy, the lady was the first person they pushed inside the bush, she fell down and sat, the guy behind me also pushed me down, when I fell and tried to look at his face, I saw that he was looking elsewhere, that was how I ran away, I didn’t look back.

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“I was just running, the man that drove us screamed that ” if that lady escapes, you will be the one to be killed. At the time I hard that, I increased my speed.

“I was running till I got to the main road, I didn’t know how I got to the plaza area. Then I saw a bike man I can’t remember the place but I know it’s not far from where I escaped from, I can still remember the bush I ran from, but I can’t remember where the lady is, I’m confused.

“I was running and crying then the Amotekun men saw me and asked me what happened, I told them to take me to where I can board a vehicle back to Ore where I was kidnapped from.

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” I don’t know how I got here, I was kidnapped.

“He asked me to enter and asked if I could follow him to Amotekun’s office, I said yes and he drove me to the Corps’ headquarters”

Speaking on the development, the State Commander of the corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, admonished citizens to be more vigilant and careful with those they make contact with.

Adeleye said that efforts were ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

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NURTW member, two others jailed for drug trafficking

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A 45-year-old driver and member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Tapha Mustapha, and two others, were on Thursday convicted and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for trafficking hard drugs.

Other convicts sentenced alongside the NURTW member are Andrew Ukelere and Anthony Chiemerem.

The three convicts were earlier arraigned before the court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on April 27, 2024, on charges bordering on conspiracy, trafficking in 13.9 kilograms of tramadol and 590 litres of Pentazocine, a psychotropic drug similar to cocaine.

During their arraignment, the prosecutor, Mariam I. Erondu, who was represented by Julian Negedu, told the court that the convicts were arrested with the drugs on March 19, 2024, on the Long Bridge area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Lagos State.

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According to the prosecutor, the offences committed contravened Sections 11(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and are punishable under the same Act.

The trio, however, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Following their guilty plea, Justice Kehinde Ogundare, adjourned the matter to Thursday for a review of facts and sentence, and then ordered that they be remanded at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre.

At the resumed hearing of the matter for review of facts, the prosecutor called Mr Benjamin Naetah, a Senior Exhibits Keeper with the agency, who tendered the drugs and other exhibits, which were admitted by the court.

Upon the conclusion of the review of facts, the prosecutor urged the court to convict and sentence the trio in accordance with the sections of the NDLEA Act that they were charged with.

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But the convicts’ lawyers, Lilian Omotunde and Ore-Ofe Ogunleye, in their plea for mercy, urged the court to award a non-custodian sentence on their clients, being first-time convicts and for not wasting the time of the court.

Omotunde, who is the counsel for the first and second convicts, said: “The first convict is a first-time offender; he is a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers. He was contracted by the roadside to deliver a good after Lagos State, but he was caught up by the law.

“The second convict is a 35-year-old medicine store attendant, who was sent on an errand by his master.

“I urge the court to award a non-custodian sentence,” she said.

Also, counsel for the third convict, Ogunleye, urged the court to award a non-custodian sentence to her client.

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She particularly cited Section 426(2) paragraphs a, b, d and e of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

Responding to the counsel’s submissions, the prosecutor, Erondu, who also cited Section 311 of ACJA, urged the court to consider the commercial quantity of the prohibited drug seized from the convicts and the damage it would have done to the country.

In his judgment, Justice Ogundare sentenced the first and second convicts to two years imprisonment, while the third convict was sentenced to a year imprisonment.

The judge however ordered both the first and second convicts to pay the sum of N500,000 each, and the third convict to pay the sum of N100,000, in lieu of the jail term.

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NAFDAC arrests five for allegedly selling fake cosmetics in Abuja

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday in Abuja arrested five persons for selling counterfeit cosmetics.

Theheute reports that the arrest was made at the Garki and Wuse axis, during an enforcement to curb the sales of substandard goods.

Speaking with newsmen after the enforcement, Mr Embugushiki-Musa Godiya, NAFDAC Head of Investigation and Enforcement, Federal Taskforce, said that the arrested persons would be investigated.

Godiya said that NAFDAC would work to ensure that fake cosmetics and other counterfeit products were completely wiped out of the country.

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He said that the agency had been investigating some of these counterfeit cosmetics, following intelligence reports. He added that some of these products were illegally imported into the country, in spite of security at the border.

“NAFDAC is present in all the ports of entry of the country, but with the nature of our borders, these smugglers will always find a way to beat the system that the government has put in place.

“That is why if they escape from the port or borders, we go to the market and to all the places, gather intelligence reports, go after them and confiscate these products for possible prosecution,” Godiya said.

He said that the market value of the seized cosmetics was N35 million, adding that NAFDAC would continue investigation into the issue, to unravel the level of involvement of the suspects.

Godiya said that after investigation, the management of the agency may prosecute those suspects for the crime committed.

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He called on Nigerians to collaborate with NAFDAC to fight counterfeit products in the country.

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NDLEA busts 80 suspects, seizes 3,000kg of drugs in FCT

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested over 80 suspected drug dealers with over 3,000kg of drugs in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between January and March.

Mr Kabir Tsukuwa, Commander of Narcotics (CN), NDLEA, FCT Command, said this in an interview with the press

Tsakuwa said that over 50 suspects had been prosecuted adding that out of the number, 12 had been convicted and sentenced to different jail terms.

He said that the command had been going after the drug peddlers and the records were there to show from the arrest and seizure over the years.

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”If not for the continuous effort of the agency and the command in particular, the drug situation in FCT and even the entire country would have been worst,” he said.

The NDLEA commander said that the current situation of drug abuse in the FCT was not a peculiar one as it was same world over.

Tsakuwa said that drug abuse was a major concern to all countries of the world.

He said that all regional and global bodies like ECOWAS, EU and UNODC were advocating for global concerted efforts to deal with the challenge of drug trafficking and abuse.

He said: “the drug situation varies from countries to countries, states to states and even localities.

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According to him, the command has maintained consistent raids of drug joints within the FCT, even though, that cannot be said to have been dismantled completely but it is a continuous process.

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“There is no society that is crime free, not even the developed world.

“In 2023 alone, we arrested over 500 suspects with over 7,000kg of assorted drug seizure and conviction of over 200 offenders.

Tsakuwa said that the issue of drug abuse was serious, adding that Nigerians must join in the continuous fight against the drug menace.

He emphasised that there was a strong nexus between drug abuse and other criminalities like kidnapping, insurgency, theft, armed robbery among others.

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“When drug abuse and trafficking is dealt with, the rise in other criminalities will certainly drop.

“Although, we have had cases where we carry out operations of drug joints, but the next minute, they are back again.

“Be that as it may, we shall continue to give in our best to ensure sustainable action in our efforts.

“We shall not rest until we achieve our desired goal of drug free environment in the Federal Capital, “he said.

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