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NDLEA: Winning war against drug trafficking is imperative – Marwa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has emphasized the critical importance of defeating drug trafficking due to its adverse effects on society. Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd), the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the agency, made this statement during a visit to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori at the Government House in Asaba.

Marwa pointed out that the prevalence of hard drug abuse in Nigeria had reached alarming levels, with more than 15 million drug users aged between 15 and 64 years, according to a survey conducted by a relevant United Nations agency. He called for the support and collaboration of the state government in the battle against this crisis.

Marwa attributed various criminal activities such as kidnapping, terrorism, banditry, insurgency, rape, and murder across the country to the abuse of hard drugs by the perpetrators. He noted that the drug abuse rate in Delta State, among individuals aged 15 to 64, was at 18 percent, involving over half a million of the population.

The NDLEA, under Marwa’s leadership, reported significant achievements in its fight against drug trafficking, including the destruction of more than 1,000 hectares of land used for cultivating illicit drugs, the seizure of over 6,000 tonnes of drugs, and the arrest of over 36,000 suspects and persons of interest. Additionally, more than 6,000 individuals were convicted and imprisoned.

Marwa mentioned that he was in Delta to offer condolences to the Fidelis family following the accidental death of two-year-old Eromonsele during an operation in Asaba. He also aimed to engage with stakeholders actively involved in the fight against drug trafficking in the country.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State expressed his concern about the escalating problem of hard drug abuse in Nigeria, stressing the need to address it as a global public health issue. He called on all stakeholders to collaborate effectively in its eradication. The governor commended the NDLEA and other partners for their efforts against hard drug abuse and urged the continuation of their momentum to win the war against illicit drug trade.

Governor Oborevwori acknowledged that despite the rise in drug abuse, advocacy and rehabilitation efforts were ongoing at designated centers. He also mentioned the appointment of a Senior Special Assistant on illicit Drugs to support the NDLEA’s objectives. The governor assured the agency of the state’s unwavering support and partnership in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse. He added that an unfortunate incident in July, where an innocent child lost his life and another was injured during an NDLEA operation in the state, would not deter the state government’s commitment to supporting the anti-drug trafficking efforts.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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Economic crisis: Find more ways to improve your IGR – President Tinubu to universities

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The Nigerian government has called upon universities in the country to broaden their sources of funding amidst economic challenges. President Bola Ahmad Tinubu made this assertion during the 6th & 7th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University, Dutse, which took place on Saturday.

Speaking through Professor Kabir Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented him at the event, President Tinubu stressed the government’s dedication to facilitating a conducive environment for universities despite resource limitations.

He urged universities to actively explore alternative funding channels, underlining the significance of self-reliance in the prevailing economic circumstances. The President also encouraged universities to seek international funding opportunities for research, advocating for collaborations and the attraction of funds from global sources.

President Tinubu emphasized that government alone cannot shoulder the financial burden of universities, particularly amid economic challenges and competing demands from various sectors. Nonetheless, he reiterated the administration’s commitment to providing the necessary support within the available resources to ensure universities function as pillars of educational advancement and national development.

He further urged universities to pursue innovative strategies for generating revenue and to tap into international research funding opportunities. He assured that his administration remains dedicated to supporting universities in achieving their objectives as outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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