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2 trucks seized by Kano state task force.

…loaded with fake and expired drugs.


The Kano State Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs has impounded two trucks loaded with fake and expired drugs.

According to statement from the health ministry signed by Malam Ismail Gwammaja, Public Relations Officer of the ministry, the Chairman of the task force and Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, led the hunt for the trucks on receiving an information about them.


It said that the trucks were found in an incomplete building at Unguwar Dabai in Dala Local Government. The statement said that government was committed to curbing the sale and consumption of illicit and fake drugs “especially by youths and women in the state”.

It said that government was strict on its resolve to end the rampant use of the substances and had ordered that the drugs market in Sabon Gari be moved to Dangwauro in Kumbutso Local Government.


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Update – Zambia legalise cannabis to boost economy.

…bad weather had hit crop production and electricity

Zambia has legalised the production and export of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes.

The approval for the export of cannabis was granted at a special cabinet meeting, spokesperson for the government, Dora Siliya, said in a statement, SABC reports.

It was not clear from the statement if the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Zambia had been legalised.

The Southern African country joins a host of nations that have legalised or are considering legalising cannabis to some degree, as attitudes towards the drug slowly change and investments in its medical benefits grow.

Zambia’s motivation is rooted in a hefty fiscal deficit and growing debt burden.

Growth in external debt to $10.5bn at the end of 2018 from $8.74bn a year earlier has raised fears the country is headed for a debt crisis.

Zambia cut its 2019 growth forecast in September because bad weather had hit crop production and electricity generation while the International Monetary Fund has said growth is likely to remain subdued over the medium term.

Zambian opposition Green Party President, Peter Sinkamba, who has been advocating the export of cannabis since 2013, said the move could earn Zambia up to $36bn annually.

“Depending on how properly this is done, this could just change the face of Zambia’s economy,” Sinkamba told Reuters.

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Two men arraigned for 2 different crimes.

…Indian hemp

…Fake money

Two men have been arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State over alleged attempt to buy Indian hemp with fake naira notes at the Tejuosho Market, Yaba.

The defendants – Sunday Uche, 24, and Patrick Chidiebere, 25, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and possession of forged bank notes. They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on December 3. According to him, the defendants tried to use fake 16 pieces of N1,000 note and 11 pieces of fake N500 note, a total of N26, 500 counterfeited notes – to buy Indian hemp.

He said that when the hemp seller realised that the notes were fake, he drew the attention of a police officer patrolling the area.

“My lord, the Indian hemp seller was also arrested for possessing an illegal substance,” Oriabure said.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 411 and 372 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Section 411 stipulates two years’ imprisonment for conspiracy, while possession of forged bank notes attracts seven years’ jail term in line with the provisions of Section 372.

The defendants were, however, granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties in like sum that must be gainfully employed and have evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until January 14, 2020, for mention.

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Army recovers 8 guns in Edo state.

…725 bags of cannabis recovered

The combined troops of 4 Brigade and 32 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army Exercise Crocodile Smile IV have recovered eight guns and 725 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis.

The operation was in a joint operation with personnel of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, December 15th by Maj. Ojo Adenegan, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Benin.

Adenegan said that the recovery was made during a raid at Ivbiodohen Forest, in Ivibiodohen Village, 5 Kilometers from Uzebba community in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. He explained that during the operation, the troops raided three different camps with warehouses at various points for storing marijuana.

He said that in camp one, the combined team recovered 19 jumbo bags, containing 32 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis, and 22 bags containing 10 blocks of same substance. Another 18 bags containing the same substance, but yet to be parked as well as eight locally made guns.

He revealed that in camp two, the troops recovered eight bags of substance suspected to be cannabis and discovered suspected cannabis plantation. Adenegan said that in Camp three, the troops recovered 545 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis, 113 jumbo bags of the substance suspected to be cannabis seeds and arrested one suspect in connection with the crime.

At the end of the operation, the camps were burnt, while the suspect, the eight locally made guns and samples of the substance suspected to be cannabis were handed over to the NDLEA for further action.

“We are once again using this medium to solicit for the general public cooperation in the area of information sharing on criminal activities within the State and its environs. The Nigerian Army will not relent on its effort at ensuring a peaceful Edo and environs,” he said.

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Dede reveals secret on how fela was killed in NDLEA custody.

…says he was injected with poisons

Dede Mabiaku, who was Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s protege, has said the late legend died slowly after being injected with a poisonous substance while in NDLEA custody.

In a new interview, Dede said the Teacher No Teach Me Nonsense singer confided in him and in his son Seun Kuti that he had been injected while in NDLEA custody. Afterwards, his health began to deteriorate until he died.

Dede said this while expressing concern for Omoyele Sowore. He said Sowore needs to be taken for urgent medicals after being held in DSS custody to avoid a repeat of what happened to Fela.

Dede also said he is speaking up now because no one refused to reveal the truth about what really led to Fela’s death.

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In – Marwa, Buhari, Sanwo Olu Attack Monarchs On Drug Abuse Security.

…ensuring secured and drug free country.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja underscored the crucial role of traditional rulers in the country in mitigating rising incidence of drug abuse and insecurity in the country.

Also Wednesday, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) urged royal fathers to step up their advocacy in the task of ensuring secured and drug free country.

Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, spoke at the 11th General Assembly FCT-Abuja 2019, of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), with the theme: “Imperatives of Community policing, menace of drug Abuse: The role of traditional rulers.”

He noted that the present administration in 2018 set up a Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse and Trafficking headed by Rtd Brigadier Buba Marwa, in its efforts to eradicate the menace in the country.

The committee he added came up with far reaching recommendations that will soon be implemented by government in stemming the ugly tide.

He said that the one of the fundamental suggestions is required intervention of traditional authority in combating the menace.

“Buhari said: “Traditional Rulers have crucial role to play in the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking being the closest institutions to the people

“With traditional rulers on the same page with government in the war against the menace through community policing, it is our firm belief that the rate of the menace will drastically drop in years to come with attendant multiplier effects on the rate of crimes generally on the downward trend,” he said.

On his part, Governor Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Traditional Institutions, Bayo Osiyemi, urged royal fathers to consider the challenges pose to the nation’s future by rising incidence of drug abuse and insecurity and continue to support the efforts of government in curbing the threats.

Sanwo-Olu said: “The role of community policing in contemporary times has assumed tremendous importance that requires necessary attention and action.

“It is a fact that the face does not reflect the criminal intent in the mind of man; however, it is only the indigenes and residents in a community that will easily identify potential threats to communal peace and pass the information to the nearest security agency.

“In Lagos State, ‘See Something, say something’ is the password that has helped us achieve results in providing adequate security to the lives and properties of residents and investors for the benefit of all.”

He added: “Also, we cannot close our eyes to the damage done to our collective future with the corrosive drug abuse culture that is consuming our youths.

“We have a collective responsibility, not limited to the traditional rulers, to tackle the menace of ‘peddlers of death and destruction’ who distribute and sell illicit or exotic drugs to our children at high conurbation areas such as recreational facilities and on the streets.

“It is also disheartening to note that these immoral activities have been taken into the public schools and tertiary institutions disguised as sweets and confectionaries that easily deceive our innocent children until they become addicted to drug usage and abuse.”

In his keynote address, Marwa said going by available statistics and realities on ground, the menace of drug abuse represents one of the worst problems confronting the country today.

Marwa said: “Nigeria which was just a transit nation as at 2013, is now a full blown consumer nation.

“The National Survey on Drug Abuse released in November 2018 by United Nations Organisation for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in collaboration with the European Union (EU), Federal Ministry of Health and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of Nigeria was damaging.

“By this report, the annual prevalence of drug use for the period covered was 5.6 per cent against the prevalence of 14.4 per cent in Nigeria. 14.3million Nigerians between the ages of 15 – 64 are on drugs.”

According to Marwa, “perhaps the single most influential institution in Nigeria is the traditional institution.

“Traditional Rulers are permanent. They don’t come and go like politicians and governments. They have a unique staying power, have long reaches and are listened to.”

The Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in his remarks, called on government to help preserve the traditional institution in the country.

Oba Ogunwusi, who is a Co-chair of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), urged the government to avoid acts that would adversely affect the traditional institutions in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Co-chair of the NCTRN and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and traditional rulers from across the country attended the event.

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Ex Girlfriend says – Juice wrld takes up to 3 Percocet pills daily before his death.

…mix drugs with cough syrup concoction

Alexia Smith, the ex-girlfriend of rapper Juice Wrld, has come out to speak about the late rapper’s alleged struggle with drugs.

The 21-year-old from Livonia, Michigan met Juice Wrld at the start of his career in Chicago in early 2018. She claimed they began dating before breaking up around October 2018 due to arguments and fights that turned physical.

In the exclusive interview with Mail Online, she said Wrld would take up to three potent Percocet pills a day and mix the drugs with a cough syrup concoction called lean.

Smith said: ‘Seven days away from me, he ended up in the hospital. When he was away from me for seven days, he ended up hospitalized from collapsing on stage. One year away from me, and he’s dead.’

Juice Wrld?s ex-girlfriend says he took up to 3 Percocet pills daily and mixed drugs with cough syrup concoction?

Alexia claims that Juice Wrld once told her that ‘someone from a label gave him morphine and cocaine’ while she visited him.

‘He didn’t do the coke but the point was, in the beginning, labels were fighting over him so bad they would have given him anything.’

Smith alleged that Higgins struggled with his mental health and was depressed, explaining that’s why he turned to drugs – mainly Percocet and lean – a mixture of codeine cough syrup and soda.

She believed the rapper took up to three of the painkillers at a dose of 30mg at a time, even while he tried to hide his Percocet use her as she urged him to get clean.

‘[That’s] already a lot but the problem was he was drinking lean on top of it,’ she said.

The 21-year-old said that the rapper Future was a big influence in the Wuld’s lean consumption, who told the superstar last year that his music inspired him to try the addictive drink when he was still a teen.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Future said he was shocked and was ‘really bothered’ by the confession, adding: ‘I was like ”Oh s**t. What the f**k have I done?” How many other sixth-graders did I influence to drink lean?’

Juice Wrld, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins suffered a seizure after arriving at Chicago’s Midway airport and was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics got to the scene on Sunday, December 8, 2019. He was conscious while being rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the medical facility.

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Update: NDLEA destroys illicit drugs worth N1.65bn in Nassarawa

…criminal drug syndicates seeking to make the state a hub

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Tuesday in Lafia destroyed 11,669 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances worth about N1.65 billion.

According to Justice Arinze, Commander of NDLEA in Nassarawa State, the exhibits were seized from dealers in the state.

He said that the public destruction of recovered drug exhibits was part of the agency’s strategy to permanently take drugs out of circulation.

Arinze gave the breakdown of the exhibits to include 8,632.82 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa and 3,0636 kilograms of psychotropic substances such as Tramadol, Codeine and Rophynol.

He said that dealers from whom the exhibits were seized had already been prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Lafia.

Arinze said that the destruction of the drugs was significant in view of their negative consequences on society which included mental disorder, violent crimes, kidnapping and other social vices.

He assured members of the public of NDLEA’s commitment to riding Nassarawa of criminal drug syndicates seeking to make the state a hub for illicit drug cultivation, trafficking and consumption.

He appreciated Gov Abdullahi Sule for understating the imperative of collective responsibility in the drug fight by including the NDLEA in the state’s security council.

He noted that the lofty passion of the governor to industrialize the state would be in vain if the youth, as drivers of the transformation, were wasted by drugs.

He, therefore, appealed for more support in terms of logistics, provision of rehabilitation centre as well as the establishment of state drug control committee, amongst others.

In his remark, Chairman of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdullah (rtd), said that the destruction of the drugs was to safeguard public health and safety.

Abdullah, represented by Suleiman Ningi, the Director, Technical Services of NDLEA, said that Nassarawa was vulnerable to drug shipment given its strategic location and proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said that available record indicated high drug use in North-Central resulting in very disturbing health-related problems among the youth.

He thanked the Nasarawa state government for the support in the fight against illicit drugs.

Gov. Sule, represented by his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, promised to sustain the support to the fight against illicit drugs in the state.

He said that his administration would facilitate the building and establishment of a rehabilitation centre at the headquarters of NDLEA in Lafia.

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Brazil approves sale of cannabis in pharmacies.

…says only the medicinal product

Brazil’s health watchdog on Tuesday approved the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use in pharmacies to people with a prescription.

The regulation, which takes effect in the coming months, also allows for the manufacture of such products in a laboratory, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) said in a statement.

Anvisa is analyzing the possibility of permitting the cultivation of medical cannabis.

In recent years, several countries in Latin America have legalized cannabis for medical use, including Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru.

President Jair Bolsonaro has previously expressed support for medical cannabis. But the ultraconservative leader would “not permit loopholes in the law to be used for the planting and consumption of marijuana,” his spokesman Otavio Rego Barros told reporters in August.

Since 2015, Anvisa has allowed people with a medical prescription to import cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive marijuana derivative, for the treatment of epilepsy and chronic illnesses.

The new regulation allows for the sale of products with a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the main psychoactive constituent responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects — of more than 0.2 percent to terminally ill patients or those who have exhausted alternative treatment options.

Others will be allowed to buy medical cannabis products with a THC concentration of less than 0.2 percent.

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Brazil approves sale of cannabis in pharmacies.

…says only the medicinal product

Brazil’s health watchdog on Tuesday approved the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use in pharmacies to people with a prescription.

The regulation, which takes effect in the coming months, also allows for the manufacture of such products in a laboratory, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) said in a statement.

Anvisa is analyzing the possibility of permitting the cultivation of medical cannabis.

In recent years, several countries in Latin America have legalized cannabis for medical use, including Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru.

President Jair Bolsonaro has previously expressed support for medical cannabis. But the ultraconservative leader would “not permit loopholes in the law to be used for the planting and consumption of marijuana,” his spokesman Otavio Rego Barros told reporters in August.

Since 2015, Anvisa has allowed people with a medical prescription to import cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive marijuana derivative, for the treatment of epilepsy and chronic illnesses.

The new regulation allows for the sale of products with a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the main psychoactive constituent responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects — of more than 0.2 percent to terminally ill patients or those who have exhausted alternative treatment options.

Others will be allowed to buy medical cannabis products with a THC concentration of less than 0.2 percent.

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