Latest news from Nigeria on catch up with A-Z news and information from Africa’s most populous country in West Africa via our teams in Kaduna, Warri, Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

Ex-Deputy Gov’s Murder: Family Thought We Were Kidding – Kidnappers

A note left on the corpse of the killed former deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chudi Nwike, by his kidnappers has shown that they were provoked by the family’s failure to bring the ransom they demanded for his release in cash. Nwike’s...

Continue ReadingEx-Deputy Gov’s Murder: Family Thought We Were Kidding – Kidnappers

Amaechi Says Report On Helicopters, Jets Acquisition Mischievous

Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers on Thursday described as ``false and mischievous'' the report that Rivers Government acquired four aircraft in preparation for 2015 election.

A national daily alleged that Amaechi had in the last four months, acquired four aircraft, two armoured helicopters and two private jets, for political campaign in the 2015 presidential elections.

An armoured helicopter sells at about $18 million, while the Gulf Stream costs $10 million.

The paper further reported that $56 million (N9 billion) was spent on the acquisition of the helicopters and the two Jets.

Amaechi, who spoke with State House Correspondents, however, dismissed the report, alleging that the newspaper was only trying to be popular by being mischievous.

He admitted that the State Government acquired the two helicopters for security surveillance not for political reason.

He said the helicopters would be controlled by the Nigerian Air force for patrol of the state.

“The truth is that, and the Federal Government is aware, they gave us approval to buy two helicopters to fly around the state for the purpose of security and we have done that, we bought and we paid.

“Up till now, they have not allowed the helicopter to come in. May be they are afraid that it is for 2015. Please help us beg them on behalf of the state that we need the aircraft to be able to secure the people of the state.

“Again, it is not within our control, it is in the control of the Nigerian Air force. Well, we will hire a civilian pilot but Nigerian security will manage it, not us. So, how will you use what is in the hands of Nigerian security to campaign? You see the mischief?”

According to him, the two helicopters will ensure that Rivers is under watch for 24 hours.

Amaechi also dismissed the insinuation that he was contemplating decamping from the PDP to another party. (NAN)

Continue ReadingAmaechi Says Report On Helicopters, Jets Acquisition Mischievous

NAFDAC Arrests Suspected Leader Of Drug Cloning Syndicate

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Thursday said it has arrested a suspected leader of a drug cloning syndicate in Lagos.

Mr Garba Macdonald, NAFDAC Director of Enforcement, told newsmen in Lagos that the suspect was arrested in his house at Orile-Iganmu with various fake drugs worth over N20 million.
Macdonald said that the syndicate specialised “in cloning several fast moving drug products, including locally manufactured anti-malaria and pain relieving medicines”.
He said that the syndicate had perfected its cloning act in China and, thereafter, imported the cloned drugs into the country.
Macdonald said that the suspect had been placed under NAFDAC's watch list of fake drugs importers for about two years.
He said the agency had begun investigations to unravel his China-based partners.
The NAFDAC official said that the agency was determined to take advantage of its collaboration with the Chinese Government in the fight against fake drugs.
Macdonald said that every offender would be punished according to his/her country's drug counterfeiting laws.
He said that arrest of the suspect was “a major breakthrough in the fight to stem the activities of the syndicate''.
According to him, through intelligence gathering, it was established that the suspect used his house as a warehouse where the cloned drugs were stored.
“Some of the drugs discovered in his possession at the time of arrest were Coartem tablets, Amalar tablets, some unlabeled tablets, Maloxine tablets, Ibuprofen tablets, packaging materials, leaflets and hand sealing machines.”
He noted that the syndicate was currently assisting the agency in its investigation to get to the root of the matter.
Macdonald called on Nigerians to report any suspicious activity relating to NAFDAC regulated products around their communities for immediate action. (NAN)

Continue ReadingNAFDAC Arrests Suspected Leader Of Drug Cloning Syndicate