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NDLEA arrest 36 suspects in Jigawa.

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The National Drug Law Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Jigawa Command, said it arrested 36 suspects from three Local Government Areas of the state in two days.

Hajiya Maryam Gambo, the agency’s Commander, said in a statement in Dutse on Friday that the suspects were arrested between Feb.15 and Feb. 27, in Kirikasamma, Guri and Hadejia LGAs.

Gambo said the arrests were made in markets, shops and other hideouts, in a determined effort to rid the state of illegal sale and consumption of hard drugs.

She explained that different types of hard drugs, ranging from cannabis sativa (hemp) and psychotropic substances were recovered from the suspects

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According to her, the illicit drugs recovered from the suspects are Tramadol, Exol15, Diszepam, Prometazine injection and Lidocaine injection.

“In our effort to cleanse Jigawa of illegal consumption and sale of hard drugs, the NDLEA Jigawa command embarked on a mission in Kirikasamma, Guri, Hadejia and other parts of the state to clamp on illicit drug activities.

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“This is done in order to reduce crimes and criminality, which are drug induced in the state.

“Drug is an agent provocateur of other crimes as it negatively changes the mood of the user.

“The user, consequently, embarks on a mission he/she would not have dared to, under his normal senses,’’ she said.

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According to the commander, arrest, seizures, prosecutions, counselling and rehabilitation have been and will continue to be the agency’s mandate.

“While we continue to arrest and prosecute these merchants of death, who celebrate their success on the grave of others, we have also continued to educate the pupils and students in primary and secondary schools.

“This is because we believe in catching them young.

“Also, our Drug Demand Reduction Unit has continued to carry out enlightenment campaigns to tertiary institutions, motor parks, markets, women groups and the general public.

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“This, we will continue to do until success is achieved.

“`So, we solicit the cooperation of the general public in providing us with useful information to enable us serve better,’’ Gambo appealed.

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NDLEA arrest 8 drug suspects in FCT.

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Hamisu said that different quantities of Cannabis Sativa were recovered during the raiding, adding that one man, named Nazeer escaped leaving 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested eight suspects and recovered 282.243 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa while raiding some drug spots in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

FCT Commander of NDLEA Lawan Hamisu told NoRM‘s known Media on Thursday in Abuja that five of the suspects were found with exhibits, adding that three others were arrested at the scene of the crime.

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Hamisu said that different quantities of Cannabis Sativa were recovered during the raiding, adding that one man, named Nazeer escaped leaving 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis.

He noted that the three suspects arrested at the crime scene were being profiled as no drugs were found with them, saying that they would be put on the watch list to determine the next action against them.

“On Feb. 3, 2021, we set out and revisit Karu Abattoir, Gwarimpa by 1st Avenue, Dawaki behind News Engineering Baban bola Pantaker Area, Police Signpost by Duste Makaranta and Fo1 Kubwa extension.

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“Zubairu Mohammed and Umar Sani were arrested at Dawaki with 2.8 grammes and 100 grammes of cannabis Sativa.

“Nura Alhassan was arrested at Karu with 12.3 grammes of cannabis Sativa. Manasseh Christopher was arrested at Gwarimpa with 28.3 grammes of cannabis Sativa.

“Hamza Adamu was arrested at Duste Makaranta with 253.5 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa. However, Nazeer was found with 19.6 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa recovered at FO1 by Kubwa extension but escaped and the search for him is on,” he said.

Hamisu said that the agency’s outing to Tomatoes market, Dei-Dei, Kasuwan Dere in Gwagwalada as well Kuchin-goro/Ruga by city gate recorded minimal success where the operatives seized other quantities of cannabis Sativa.

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He noted that those whose case have been sustained have been charged accordingly, saying that others found with smaller quantities and found to be users or first offenders were referred for appropriate counselling.

He added that the agency would be filing charges on two suspects while three others may be referred for counselling as the search of the escaped suspect continues.

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NDLEA intercepts men with cocaine at Abuja, Lagos airport.

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MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Garba, the suspect, Adeleke was intercepted at the departure hall in Lagos with the hard drug neatly concealed in a false bottom of his bag

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has continued to put the heat on drug traffickers with the arrest of a businessman at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and another man at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with over three kilogrammes of cocaine carefully concealed in luggage.

While Adeleke Kazeem Biola was arrested at the Lagos Airport with 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine on Wednesday night, February 3, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Emirate Airline to Dubai, a Lagos-based businessman, Onu Oluchukwu Friday, was caught with 1.527 kilograms of the illicit drug at the Abuja Airport.

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According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Garba, the suspect, Adeleke was intercepted at the departure hall in Lagos with the hard drug neatly concealed in a false bottom of his bag.

Garba said: “He acknowledged that the series of arrests in the past three weeks follow the offensive action approach deployed by his command in line with the directive by the new Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd).”

While explaining how a plumbing materials dealer, Onu Oluchukwu Friday, was arrested at the departure lounge of the Abuja Airport on Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Commander, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Command of the NDLEA, Mr. Kabir Sani Tsakuwa, said: “During outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline ET 910 en route Abuja-Addis Ababa – New Delhi, India, the 39-year-old suspect, a native of Umuaku-Isiochi village in Abia State, was intercepted at the boarding gate screening and referred for scanning. The passenger proved positive for ingestion.

“He excreted 83 wraps of substances, which proved positive for cocaine and weighed 1.527kg. The suspect, who claimed he is into plumbing material business in Lagos, came into Abuja for the purpose of trafficking drugs, and said he was to be paid N1.5million on delivery to one Chibuzo Nmadu, a Nigerian based in India.”

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He said his command remains committed to the mission of the new leadership of the agency to disrupt the supply chain and reduce the demand for illicit drugs in Nigeria.

The chairman of the anti-drug agency, Gen. Marwa has sent his commendation to the commanders of the Lagos and Abuja airports and their teams for their vigilance, while urging them to intensify efforts so that the mission could rid the country of the scourge of illicit drugs collectively, the NDLEA statement added.

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‘Sweep out all illicit drugs’ – NDLEA boss, Marwa orders.

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Marwa promised to put more efforts on drug demand reduction as part of plans to eradicate the scourge in Nigeria.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), has given marching orders to commanders of the agency in all states and special commands to mop the nation of illicit drugs.

Marwa, who gave the order during a meeting with NDLEA commanders in the 36 states, FCT and special commands, yesterday, at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, hinted that he would seek government’s approval to conduct drug test on tertiary institutions’ new students, security agencies’ fresh recruits and all newly appointed government employees.

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The former Lagos State military administrator said: “All commanders must be desirous of keeping drugs out of Nigerian streets and homes, and so, all of you must shape up and get all those engaged in the nefarious business to face the music. I need results from now on. Our maxim will be offensive action. This means we must go all out constantly on the offensive against the bad guys.

“The success we make of this particular task goes a long way to determine the socio-economic stability of the nation. We need not be told of the nexus between drug use, crime and acts of criminality. The exponential growth of the nefarious drug activities can be directly linked to the upsurge in crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, political thuggery, gangsterism, rape and other maladaptation bedeviling today’s Nigeria.

“It is not going to be business as usual. It is a moving train. Please, let no body stand in its front. The train will crush any such person. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. To the unbending drug crime perpetrators, I would like to let them know also that the game is up! It is high time they embraced another trade. The Federal Government’s policy on agriculture is a window for them to leverage on.”

“While strengthening our enforcement activities, we will equally devout a lot of efforts to prevention, treatment and after care and focus on family/parenting, community, school systems, advocacy to all groups through traditional institutions, religious bodies, media, NGOs, CSOs, state and local governments, among others. We will rehabilitate our rehab centres, make them functional while more will be built,” he stated.

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Gen. Marwa who also expressed his determination to run with the “National Drug Control Master Plan, Our Road Map”, said toll-free call centers/ help lines will soon be set up for use of Nigerians ready to give information or seek intervention from the agency.

“Ours is a national assignment. Drug has littered everywhere; every community. We will lead the fight and we will succeed. Make no mistake about it, it’s a collective effort”, he told the commanders.

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NDLEA nabs suspected drug traffickers

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Aloye said that the Command also secured the conviction of 28 suspects for possession and trafficking in drugs to different jail terms at the Federal High Court Minna.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested 61 suspected drug traffickers from January to date in different parts of the state.

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The acting Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Isaac Aloye, disclosed this to NoRM in Minna on Thursday.

He said that drugs seized from the suspects include, Cannabis Sativa, 3,066.9334 kg, Cocaine:0.014 kg, Methamphetamine, 0.001 kg, and Psychotropic Substances, 62.05kg.

He said that the 3,066 kg of the total drug seized consist of variants of Cannabis Sativa namely, the locally grown strain, the Skunk popularly known as “SK”by users, the Arizona(fondly known as “AZ”), and the Loud.

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“The Command also secured the final forfeiture of 10 vehicles used by convicted drug dealers and temporary forfeiture of 20 others.

“This is a great feat in the history of the command, and a great disincentive to drug dealers and would-be dealers alike that drug doesn’t pay,” the Commander said.

Aloye said that the quantity and quality of the various drugs seized during the period of COVID-19 lockdown in the state was of great concern as most of the drugs were seized as waybills.

“The agency is worried that drug traffickers now waybill the drugs to physically distance themselves from the drugs upon interception.

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” It takes a great deal to trace and arrest the recipients and senders of the drugs,” the commander said.

He said that the agency would not relent in frustrating the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large.

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Breaking: NDLEA uncovers new route for banned drugs import

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a new route used by criminally minded persons to import drugs into Nigeria.

The Chairman/ Chief Executive of NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), who disclosed this said the agency has discovered another 40-foot container at Brawal terminal in Lagos.

He explained that the discovery was made during follow up investigations by the NDLEA after the police intercepted a 40-foot container laden with about 40 cartons of tramadol and other banned drugs, concealed in cartons of brushes.

A joint examination conducted on the container revealed that 255 cartons of different types of tramadol and other banned medicines were concealed therein.

According to Abdallah, further investigation by the NDLEA revealed that the tramadol was manufactured in Pakistan – a newly discovered country for the manufacturing of such drugs formerly known to have its origin in India.

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He described the latest discovery as a major breakthrough for the agency, revealing that the new route for movement of tramadol into the country was from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to Nigeria.

The NDLEA boss stressed that the agency would get to the root of the investigation which he said was of global interest.

He called on other security agencies to collaborate with the NDLEA in achieving a successful investigation.

Abdallah also commended the police, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and other agencies for their cooperation with the NDLEA.


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News+: NDLEA destroys 167,436kg of drugs in Plateau state

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The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed a total of 167,436 kilograms of drugs between January and August 2020.

Chairman and chief executive of the Agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah(rtd) stated this at the public destruction of exhibits in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

He described the destruction of the illicit drugs as the triumph of good over evil which underscores the collective opposition to the nefarious activities of those determined to ruin people’s lives as well as endangering the great potentials of the country.

The NDLEA boss observed that illicit drug use in the country has reached a pandemic proportion which is worrisome as it has permeated every facet of the society and exacerbated insurgency in the country, radicalisation and violent extremism, cultism in campuses and domestic violence among others.

In view of the increasing population found to be dependent on drugs that cut across both public and private sector sectors including arms-bearing personnel, the agency has developed a drug integrity test initiative to be administered on all cases of people beginning with law enforcement agencies and civil service of the federation.

The forfeited drugs seized and destroyed consist of 3,592.862 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, 13,104.799 kilograms of psychotropic substances and 7.2 grams of cocaine totaling 16,697.639 kilograms while over 40 acres of cannabis Sativa plantation were discovered and destroyed in some Local Government Areas of the state with 1,530 suspects arrested, prosecuted while 423 were convicted to various jail terms.


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NDLEA Boss Agrees Use Of Constituency Funds For Rehab Creation

The Adamawa State commander of Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mohammed Idris, has advocated the deployment of constituency project funds to develop drug rehabilitation centres.

Idris on Wednesday in Yola, the state capital, called on lawmakers in the country to redirect their constituency development allocation in support of riding the nation of illicit drugs.

He said drug rehabilitation centres were critical to winning the war against illicit substances in the country.

The NDLEA boss noted that drug abuse was on the rise in Adamawa State, hence the need for critical stakeholders to collaborate with the agency.

He said, “Since constituency projects reflects community needs and there are a lot of people abusing drugs, lawmakers should think along this line of action.

“Lawmakers can help in that aspect, they should do some of these constituency projects on drug demand reduction.”

Idris said the call became necessary following rising cases of criminality caused by drug addiction and the absence of functional drug rehabilitation facilities.

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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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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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FRSC set to hand over drivers under the influence of drugs to NDLEA

…during and after yutelide

Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Enugu State, Mr. Kalu Ogbonnaya has warned that any driver found to be under the influence of drugs during and after the yuletide will be handed over to the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Ogbonnaya made the disclosure this weekend, in Nsukka during the flag-off of 2019 FRSC Nsukka Unit ember month sensitisation rally tagged “Road Safety is a state of mind, road traffic crash is an absence of mind, stay alert and stay alive”.

He urged the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) to ensure that hard drugs and alcohol were not sold in and around the motor parks.

According to him, “The majority of accidents are caused as a result of hard drugs and alcohol taken by drivers before embarking on a journey.

“In a bid to ensure accident-free yuletide, the commission will test drivers on the road and anyone under the influence of hard drugs will be handed over to NDLEA.

“Drivers should always check their vehicles every morning to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before setting out for any journey,” he said.

Kalu who was represented by the Head of Admin and Human Resources department Mr. Tony Uga expressed satisfaction on the synergy between FRSC Nsukka Unit command and security agencies in the area and called for its sustenance.

In a remark, the FRSC Nsukka Unit Commander Mr. Shuaibu Bello said the unit had put adequate measures in place to ensure accident-free yuletide.

Bello said if drivers and other road users would obey safety tips given to them road accidents would be minimized to the barest minimum since the majority of accidents were as a result of drivers’ carelessness and human errors.

Also speaking the Acting Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Council Mr. Cyprian Omeke implored road users to avoid absent-minded to remain alive.

“There is no denying the fact that over 80 percent of road accidents are avoidable if drivers are in their right state of mind.

“To be a good driver you will not only mind your own business but also the business of other road users.

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