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NDLEA Nabs Man With 548,000 Tramadol Tablets in Anambra

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an alleged major illicit drug kingpin by the name of Okeke Chijioke in Anambra State.

The 44-year old man was nabbed by operatives of the agency on Saturday, July 10, 2021, following credible intelligence and surveillance, a statement released on Sunday said.

It was disclosed that the suspect stocked his warehouse at 3 Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State with Tramadol branded as Tarkadol.

After a search of his warehouse, a total of 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms were recovered, with the suspect accepting ownership of the substances recovered.

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Authorities at the NDLEA said a preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention.

“The substance has also tested positive to amphetamine. The drug was equally labelled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225 milligrams drug.

“It was further discovered that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certification.

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“During the search on the warehouse, a double-barrel pump gun with 3 live cartridges, which license expired in 2019, was also discovered and recovered,” a part of the statement issued by the agency stated.

In another related bust, the Benue State Command of the NDLEA on road patrol in Apir village on July 14 intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from the suspect named Mr Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misau Local Government, Bauchi State.

The NDLEA in the statement disclosed that the two suspects named in Anambra and Benue States are expected to be charged to court as soon as proper investigations have been completed.

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Commending the officers and men of the Anambra and Benue State Commands for sustaining the offensive action in the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit drugs from every community in all parts of Nigeria, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Mr Mohamed Buba Marwa, charged them to remain unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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FCT Administration Disburses N2.6bn to Area Councils, Others

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed a total of N2.6 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as their share of statutory allocation for the month of June 2021,

The figure shows that there was a minimal drop in revenue from N2.7 billion disbursed in the month of May to N2.6 billion in the month of June.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister of State, Mrs Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 155th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting.

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She appealed to council chairmen and stakeholders to show understanding and make judicious use of the allocation.

The minister explained that the decline in the allocation was a result of the drop in the statutory revenue allocation from the federation account.

Giving a breakdown of the spending, the sum of N773.6 million was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N1.9 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2.6 billion.

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However, distribution to area councils shows that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N188.5 million, while Gwagwalada got N177.6 million and Kuje received N108.5 million.

Also, Bwari Area Council received N84.7 million, Abaji got N117.5 million and Kwali received N97.1 million bringing the total sum to N773.6 billion disbursed to the six area councils.

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Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders includes Primary Teachers which gulped N1.6 billion, 15 per cent Pension Funds took N226.5 million, One per cent Training Fund gulped N26.6 million, while 10 per cent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107.8 million, bringing the total sum to N1.9 billion.

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Geodrill Supports Tamale SHS Science Lab Complex

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Geodrill Ghana Limited, an exploration drilling go company in the mining sector, has presented a cheque of GH¢150,000 to the OLD TAMASCANS Association (OTA) in Accra.

The amount is Geodrill’s contribution towards equipping the Tamale Senior High School Science Laboratory complex to a state-of-the-art facility for use by the current and future students of the school.

Mr Beninett Yaw Quist Awume the Interim Chairman of the Old Tamascans received the cheque from the CEO of Geodrill in the presence of some alumni of the school.

Making the Presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of Geodrill Ghana Limited, Mr Dave Harper, explained that the donation forms part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and also as a way of giving back to society.

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Mr. Harper revealed that Tamale Senior High School was picked because of the good relationship that he shares with one Dr Ali, a prominent member of Old Tamascans.

The company recently also made a cheque donation of GH¢150,000 to Support the Achimota Senior High School Science Lab Complex.

Mr Dave Harper encouraged other companies to take their Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) obligations seriously and support worthy institutions to fulfil their mission. He expressed hope that science education in Tamale Secondary School, would set the students on the path to successful adult careers so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of Ghana.

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He furthered that Geodrill was committed to being a socially responsible company that actively promotes social causes such as education, training of Ghanaian youth and also to provide support for science laboratories in schools in Ghana.

Receiving the cheque, the Interim Chairman of the OLD Tamale secondary school Association, TAMASCANS, Mr. Beninett Yaw Quist Awume, expressed his profound gratitude to Geodrill Ghana Limited towards helping equip Tamale Senior High School Science Laboratory Complex.

According to him, the donation is very dear to their heart. He promised that they will make good use of the money and make sure that the project gets completed on time. “It will come to completion and we will look back and say Geodrill Ghana Limited has helped Tamale Senior High School to progress,” Mr Awume

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Mr Awume, also called on other Institutions, Non-governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations to emulate Geodrill’s example.

“We look forward to receiving more donations from other companies to sustainably fund the provision of science education and other programs for the benefit of our students,” he said.

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Osinbajo, Jonathan, Others for GbaramatuVoice 6th Anniversary

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By Modupe Gabdeyanka

Several top personalities led by the Vice President of Nigeria, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, will be at the 6th anniversary of GbaramatuVoice Newspaper slated for Tuesday, August 10, 2021, by 10:00am, at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos State.

Other important guests expected at the ceremony include former president Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

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A statement issued by the Publisher and CEO of the newspaper, Mr Jacob Abai, stated that other dignitaries for the anniversary lecture/Niger Delta awards include traditional rulers, captains of industries within and outside the country, executives of International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country, public office holders from the Niger Delta region, leaders of specialized groups in Nigeria, among others.

He said the anniversary/lecture has its central theme as Dwindling State of Crude Oil Demand in the Global Market: The Way Forward, noting that it will centre on critical new research themes as sustainable development goals in the Niger Delta. Its deliberations will address all spectra of analyses including the oil and gas industry.

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Mr Abai further said the event, the third in the series, comes after similar ones held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers States.

It has a rich history of promoting national unity, recognizing the good works of various individuals that have positively imprinted their names in various areas of endeavours while contributing to the life chances of humanity.

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List of eminent Awardees made up of Nigerians and Non-Nigerians drawn from different sectors of human endeavours through rigorous but transparent process shall be made known to the general public in due course.

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