I’VE ORDERED SERVICE CHIEFS TO END TERRORISM – BUHARI – DAILY TRUST PG.5
President Muhammadu Buhari says he has told the service chiefs to end terrorism. He said this on Sunday while sympathizing with a former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Adamu Muazu, over the killing of his brother and abduction of his sister by bandits. Buhari, according to a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he was shocked and outraged by the incidents. He said: “This double tragedy is particularly moving. I know it’s hard to cope with the weight of this tragedy in your family. I feel your pain. “Let me use this opportunity to reassure you and other Nigerians currently facing threats from the atrocities of the bandits that I will leave no stone unturned to ensure these enemies of humanity are finally crushed and decisively defeated.
LABOUR SET FOR NATIONWIDE PROTEST OVER CLOSURE OF UNIVERSITIES – THIS DAY PG.49, NATIONS PG.5
Barring any last minute intervention by the federal government, members of the organized labour under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress would go ahead with their two-day national protest beginning from tomorrow. This was just as human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has call on the federal government to respect the democratic wishes of Nigerian workers to identify with the striking university lecturers.
NDLEA ARRESTS EIGHT IN LAGOS, ABUJA, ENUGU FOR COCAINE IMPORTATION – THIS DAY PG.52, PUNCH PG.5, DAILY SUN PG.5, THE NATIONS PG.1, DAILY TRUST PG.25
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested six men and two women over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export thousands of tramadol 255mg tablets among other illicit drugs to Europe via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. According to the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi, the arrests and seizures began on Sunday 17th July when a 52-year-old father of three, Okwo Okechukwu, was arrested upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport for ingesting 76 pellets of cocaine.
WITHDRAWS DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGE AGAINST CLEARING AGENT – DAILY SUN PG.5
Justice Yellim Bogoro of the Federal High Court, Lagos has freed a clearing agent, Mr. Chukwuemeka Kingsley Madueke, of any drug related offences filed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Justice Bogoro cleared Madueke of the drugs allegation, after the NDLEA’s prosecuting counsel brought before the court an application seeking to withdraw the charge of conspiracy and unlawful importation of 74.119 Kilograms of captagon tablets (Amphetamine), a narcotic drug similar to cocaine and heroin, against him.
KANU: IPOB, FAMILY HAIL UN, URGE FG TO RESPECT ORDER – DAILY SUN PG.8
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the family of its detained leader have applauded the recent decision of the United Nations (UN) through its UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urging the Nigeria government to Nnamdi Kanu, under the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS). IPOB, in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, enjoined the Federal Government to obey the UN. The UN, in its decision, had faulted the extraordinary rendition of Kanu and ordered he should be equally compensated. The global body also recommended that Government officials responsible for the torture meted to the IPOB leader be investigated and punished.
KADUNA TRAIN: HOW RANSOM BLOCKADE TRIGGERED HOSTAGE BEATING VIDEO – DAILY TRUST PG.4&5
The video released at the weekend showing terrorists beating up helpless passengers abducted from the Abuja-Kaduna AK9 train service on March 28, 2022, was triggered by anger over the blockade of a ransom in exchange for some of the captives, Daily Trust has learnt. Daily Trust reports that since the attack, four months ago, which led to the killing of about nine passengers and abduction of 60 people, at least 20 of the victims have been released in batches after they each paid a ransom of N100m while over 40 victims remain in captivity.