Nigeria

Fri
25
Dec

Two Arrested while Selling 295 Bags of Cannabis Worth N35m for Christmas

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ogun State have arrested two suspected drug peddlers
while attempting to sell 295 bags of cannabis estimated at N35m.
 
 
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects, Ihenacho Chinweuba, 27 and 33-year-old Uche Enuosa, were on Monday taking the narcotic to some parts of the state and Lagos for marketing when officials of the agency swooped on them in the Ijebu Igbo area.
 
It was gathered that the suspects had loaded a truck with bags of the drug, and covered them with some cartons of biscuits to evade arrest.
 
Sat
05
Dec

NDLEA nabs Abia Indian hemp distributors

A raid by narcotics agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, has led to the discovery of 137kgs of cannabis and the arrest of two suspects in Abia State.

The NDLEA commander in the state, Mr. Dele Akingbade, said the two suspects, 35-year-old Fidelis Ogbonna and 68-year-old Ududem Nwoke, were major hemp distributors in the state.

Akingbade said a cannabis warehouse run by Nwoke was discovered during the raid. It was there the NDLEA discovered nine bags of cannabis weighing 87kg.

When Ogbonna was arrested, a vehicle he used for the distribution was also impounded. fifty kilogrammes of cannabis ready for distribution was reportedly recovered by the NDLEA agents in the process.

Thu
26
Nov

Nigeria: Court remands 64-year-old man for trafficking in cannabis

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the remand of a 64-year-old man, Andrew Nwaochichi, at the Ikoyi Prisons for dealing in cannabis sativa, popularly called Indian hemp. Nwaochichi was arraigned on a charge of drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He pleaded guilty to the charge. Following his plea, the prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, prayed the court to issue a remand order against the accused. “In view of the plea of the accused, I pray my lord for an order of remand against the accused,” he said.

Sun
22
Nov

Nigeria: NDLEA declares over $1b drugs haul

Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared seizing narcotic drugs valued at more than $1 billion over a seven-year period.
A statement issued by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju in Lagos on Sunday, the drugs weighed fifty-five million, eight hundred and thirty thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven kilogrammes.

Also 72,253 suspected drug traffickers were arrested between 2006 and 2014.

”This arrest was made under the leadership of the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade and this impressive scorecard has continued to attract accolades from stakeholders including UNODCâ€� the statement said.

According to the anti-drug agency suspected traffickers number 67,773 males and 4,480 females.

Fri
20
Nov

Nigeria: Why Ekiti leads in cannabis cultivation

Hidden deep inside the forest, without any discernible route, somewhere in the sleepy town of Ogotun-Ekiti, Ekiti South-West Local Government Area, is a plantation of a dangerous plant, cannabis sativa, also known as indian hemp. Cannabis sativa is reputed with many aliases which are: igbo, dope, ganja, morocco, eja and weed among others.

Tue
13
Oct

African nations consider legalized marijuana

The cultivation and use of marijuana is rapidly rising across Africa as farmers, hit by low commodity prices, increasingly see the drug as a cash crop.

Pressure for legalizing marijuana is increasing in many African countries as legalized pot in the U.S. and Uruguay leads the way.

“At the moment, farmers choose to cultivate marijuana over traditional crops because it commands a far higher market price on the black market both at home and abroad,” Zambian Green Party President Peter Sinkamba told Anadolu Agency.

Sat
19
Sep

AFRICA CASE FOR LEGALISING CANNABIS: COLORADO IS ON TO SOMETHING

The Colorado Department of Revenue reported $70 million in tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana, between July 2014 and June 2015. This history-making record easily topped the $42 million revenue the state made from alcohol in the United States within the same period of time. Marijuana has been so productive in Colorado that the state issued a tax holiday for marijuana items, proving that legalisation and proper regulation of the drug can significantly contribute its quota to revenue in any economy.

Thu
03
Sep

Afrobeat artiste says marijuana should be legalized

Seun Kuti who is a famous marijuana user spoke for the legalization of 'weed' in an interview with The Nation newspaper.

Afrobeat act Seun Kuti has said that marijuana should be legalized in the country.

Seun Kuti who is a famous marijuana user spoke for the legalization of 'weed' in an interview with The Nation newspaper.

Thu
03
Sep

Decriminalize Marijuana in West Africa

A landmark report by the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) in June 2014, “Not Just for Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa”, emphasized decriminalizing some degree of narcotic drug use and possession for personal use, while calling for drug traffickers and their accomplices to face the full force of the law. This sensible recommendation is particularly appropriate for marijuana or cannabis, which is widely cultivated and used in West Africa. Its users, partly because they are mostly young and poor, continue to be disproportionately penalized by the criminal justice systems in the region – a serious human rights and governance problem. This violation must be urgently stopped.

Sun
30
Aug

Nigeria: Why marijuana should be legalised, by Seun Kuti

Afro beat singer, Seun Kuti, has said that the Nigerian government was ill advised to ban the use of marijuana, believing that the decision is a carryover of colonial law.

According to the artiste, “There are doctors and scientists who believe that marijuana should be legalised. There are also lawyers, judges, and politicians who believe that the war on drugs is a false war. That is actually a war on the poor people all over the world, because poor people and rich people use drugs to be sane. But you will find that here, people are in jail more for drug use.”

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