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NDLEA Arrests Wanted Drug Kingpin, Declares Brother Wanted




The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested one of two brothers who served as major sources of illicit drugs in the Southeast and South-South parts of the country, Onyeaghalachi Stephen.

This is contained in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi on Tuesday in Abuja.

Babafemi stated that NDLEA operatives arrested Stephen after nine years of manhunt, adding that his elder brother, Eze Stephen, who was also wanted, escaped narrowly.

He added that Stephen was arrested during an overnight operation executed simultaneously in the brothers’ two locations at Umuahia and at Ntigha Okpuola community in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia.

Babafemi stated that investigations showed the two brothers began careers in illicit drugs business since the late 1990s when they started as pocket dealers.

He added that the two brothers later established smoking joints and bunks in their community, Ntigha Okpuola.

They later became barons owning hotels and houses in choice areas of Abia, Rivers and Imo and acquiring exotic cars.

Babafemi stated also that the NDLEA had been on their trail since 2013 when they organised a mob attack on some of the agency’s operatives who attempted to apprehend them.

He added that one of the NDLEA officers attacked then was still bedridden, saying that the two drug lords equally have armed militia guarding their houses and drugs stores.

The NDLEA’s spokesman stated that the two brothers dealt in assorted illicit substances like cocaine, heroin, Methamphetamine (Mpuru-miri), “Loud/Arizona’’ grade of Indian hemp and assorted other hard drugs.

He stated also that a fresh bid to bring the duo to book and end their criminal trade was launched four months ago, leading to a simultaneous raid on their locations on Saturday, Nov. 26.

“The younger brother, Onyeaghalachi Stephen, who lives in Umuahia, was successfully arrested.

“The elder brother, Eze Stephen, narrowly escaped when his Ntigha Okpuola community home was stormed by operatives backed by men of the Nigerian Army.

“In the course of the operation, one of their militiamen, Eberechi Kingsley, was also arrested,’’ Babafemi stated.

He added that during the raid, quantities of cocaine and variants of India hemp were recovered from their two homes.

Babafemi stated also that the NDLEA had so far sealed two hotels, one eatery, and two mansions linked to the brothers and recovered three exotic vehicles from their homes.

He stressed that efforts were on-going to trace their bank accounts and more of their property.

“The sealed hotels are Jahlove Hotel, Mbawsi, at Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area and Noicyhl Luxury Hotel, Aba-Port-Harcourt Expressway, Aba.

“The eatery sealed is Royal Cruise Fast Food located on Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia,’’ he stated.

Babafemi quoted NDLEA’s chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending officers and men of the agency involved in the operation as well as men of the military who supported them for their professionalism.

Marwa said it was in the interest of the fleeing baron to turn himself in before the agency smoked him out because there would be no hiding place for him.

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Sanwo-Olu Approves 20 Percent Increase In Salaries For Civil Servants




Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 20 per cent increase in salaries for civil servants in the state.

In a circular seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, signed by  Hakeem Muri Okunola, Head of Service and dated March 20, the increase took effect from January 1, 2023.

In the circular, the state government said the arrears from January till date will be paid along with the March salary.


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Lagos Auto Dealer Arraigned For Killing Wife




A popular Lagos auto dealer, Ikechukwu Ogbonna, alias (IVD) was on Monday arraigned before an Ikeja High Court for the alleged involuntary manslaughter of his wife,  Abimbola.

Lagos State Government arraigned IVD on one count of involuntary manslaughter.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The State Counsel, Mrs Adeshola Bello had informed the court that the defendant was for arraignment, adding that there was a mixed up in the date the alleged offence was committed.

The offence, she said, contravened Section 222 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

“We have on record Oct.10, 2022, but the actual date of the incident was Oct.12

“We pray for the indulgence of the court to make amendment on the date,” she said.

The defence counsel, Mr Victor Ogunde, SAN, sought bail for the defendant, following his arraignment.

Ogunde added that the suit against the defendant was with a different number.

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay questioned the defence for bringing a bail application despite the defendant being on bail since March 1.

Nicole-Clay thereafter adjourned until March 30 for the commencement of trial.

Abimbola was said to have died as a result of the fire incident that occurred in the couple’s home on  Oct.12, 2022.

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Truck Crushes Okada Rider, Passenger To Death



A commercial motorcyclist and his passenger, on Wednesday, lost their lives after colliding with a truck at Bible College area on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the accident on Wednesday in Ota, Ogun.

Umar said that the accident, which happened at about 9.10 a.m., involved four people, a vehicle and a Bajaj motorcycle.

He said that the motorcycle, with no registration number, drove against traffic and collided with a Daf truck, marked: KTG 941 YG, leading to the death of the Okada rider and the passenger, while two others were unhurt.

“The corpses of the dead had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ifo,” he said.

The sector commander blamed the accident on excessive speeding and route violation.

He advised motorists and okada riders to desist from excessive speeding to avoid unnecessary loss of life.

Umar also cautioned them to refrain from driving against traffic to prevent mishaps on the highway.

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