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How religious are people on New Year resolutions



It comes so natural to make a New Year’s resolution but it takes determination to be able to keep it.

Every year, people make their New Year resolution with the best of intentions, especially with the hope and desire to become a better version of themselves.

Also, some people make New Year’s resolutions knowing the odds of them ever following through with them are minimal.

As the first quarter of the year ended, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday spoke with some residents in Lagos metropolis on the New Year resolutions they made and if still maintaining it.

Sunday Akpan, a lecturer at Coal City University, Enugu, told NAN that his resolutions were gradually falling in line.

“The ability to be able to withstand the forces either from man is a plus to achieving your New Year resolutions, mine is gradually falling in line.

“It is a process and the steps to achieving this process must be sustained. There will be difficulties such as government policies, bad influence and peer pressure.

“Above all, prayer. The holy book tells us that it is not by power nor by our might but by the grace of God, we need prayers. We need grace even to achieve our New Year resolutions,” Akpan said.

A footballer, Qudus Olaifa, said that if his resolutions had not been tied to politics and economic situation of the country, he would have achieved his goals.

“So far, I’ll say Alihamdulillahi (thanks to Allah). Although things are not set due to the economic and political changes in the country but at the same time I try to keep up with some plans and resolutions I set at the beginning of year.

“The ones that are within my control, I have been religious about it and I am proud of the progress so far,” he said.

Agam Bulky, the Managing Director of Bulky Gadgets, told NAN that it had been difficult keeping up with his New Year resolutions.

“It’s not been easy, there are so many distractions, especially with the new policies made by the government. From cashless policy to election. This hasn’t made things easy for me but in all I will say the Lord is faithful. Most are sustainable but the others come down to consistency,” he said.

A basketball player, David Ajala, said his resolution for the year was to be closer to God.

“One of the biggest goal I set for myself is to draw closer to God. To have a great relationship with Him, but this has been very difficult due to distractions to get other goals accomplished.

“There’s however nothing that is impossible. I will definitely get a close relationship with God and then other goals will fall alongside,” he said.

Laura Akpe,a Real Estate Consultant, said that keeping up with her New year resolutions had been a daunting task.

“Keeping up with the new resolutions have been quite tasking even as the first quarter of the year ends. My businesses have been struggling to keep up.

“The truth is that I have been trying to survive and flow in the middle of the whole crisis. For now, all those resolutions are packed to one side and I’m trying to see how to get them back to the lane.

“But apart from that, I will just say I’m trying. Some of my new year resolutions was to establish a new policy in my company. By this time I should have made those policies but I’m trying to round off with one or two things.

“Another of my resolution was to deepen my faith in God and I have been having challenges with that but all things are possible,” she said.

For Daniel Obidikeh, a banker, he stopped making resolutions due to past experiences.

“I dislike putting myself under any type of pressure. I take my life as it comes one day at a time, I don’t have control over a lot of things.

“Even my reaction to things is different, it is controlled by my mood at the time. I don’t make resolutions, it gets me agitated and it’s not good for my mental health,” he said.

Kofoworola Agunbiade, an investment banker, told NAN that the last time she had New Year’s resolutions was in her teenage years.

“I think as adults we understand how life is. So, we understand that we don’t need that extra burden, the euphoria of the New Year usually gets people high to make unrealistic resolutions.

“There are lots of uncertainty beyond one’s control that can throw one off balance. I won’t beat myself up about that,” she said.

Omowunmi Binuyo, a student, told NAN that making resolutions should not be just about a new year.

“I am not big on resolutions and I don’t understand the attachment to the beginning of a new year,” she said.

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NDLEA Arrests grandpa, Intercepts Cocaine Consignments In Canvas Shoes



Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have begun to unmask members of an organized criminal network behind the recent importation of two containers laden with illicit drugs as well as assorted arms and ammunition from Durban, South Africa to the Tincan seaport in Lagos.

Among those already arrested as members of the syndicate are: a clearing and notify party of the two containers, Falowo Samuel Kayode; a dock worker, Anjorin Idowu and Uzairu Ahmed Iguda who is in charge of the Five Star terminal at the port. Another dock worker at the terminal, Mohammed Muktar Sule (alias organizer) who is equally linked to the syndicate is currently at large.

Based on credible intelligence, the Agency had requested for a 100 percent joint examination of two containers marked MSCU 4581770 and TRHU 7968071 from South Africa. As a result, the exercise was conducted with other stakeholders on 18th and 19th of January, 2024 during which 56.39kg cocaine and 795kg Colorado, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis among other illegal items were recovered from the containers.

Following a tasking order by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) to a combined team of specialized units of the agency to unravel those behind the importation of the large consignments of the illicit drugs, ongoing investigations have led to the discovery of more bags of Colorado weighing 192.7kg, a pistol, and rounds of ammunition removed from the container, MSCU 4581770 and hidden in an empty container before the 100 percent joint examination at the Five Star terminal. As a result, two suspects: Uzairu Ahmed Iguda who is in charge of the terminal’s container positioning and stacking, and Anjorin Idowu who is a dock worker in the terminal have been arrested. Another suspect, Mohammed Muktar Sule (alias organizer) now at large, is also a dock worker in the terminal. Investigations reveal that the three suspects conspired with the agent and notify party, Falowo Samuel Kayode to remove the 192.7kg Colorado, pistol and rounds of ammunition from the container to an empty container in the terminal.

The latest seizure brings the total recovered from the two containers to 56.39kg of cocaine and 987.9kg of Colorado with a combined weight of 1,044.29kg. Investigations have also revealed three kingpins believed to be based in South Africa and connected with the importation of the containers. They include: Odeyemi Taiwo Emmanuel; Akinyemi Olayinka and Adebayo Adewole Emmanuel who are now on the Agency’s wanted list.

In Edo state, NDLEA officers on Tuesday 20th February raided a drug joint under powerline off Etete road, GRA Benin city where they arrested a sales girl, Jessica Destiny, 24, and recovered assorted illicit drugs. A follow up operation the following day led to the arrest of the owner of the joint, 36-year-old Ibrahim Sani who is the Commander, Arewa Association Vigilantes in the area.

While a consignment of 179kg cannabis was recovered by operatives at Badagry Waterside, Lagos on Wednesday 21st February, a 67-year-old grandpa, Rafiu Ogunro was nabbed on Thursday 22nd February, at Magbon, Ogun state with 57kg cannabis, 2,700 pills of tramadol, and 231 bottles of Codeine syrup, weighing 2.31 litres.

In Borno, a 25-year-old lady, Zara Mele was arrested with quantities of cocaine and heroin at Baga check point on Tuesday 20th Feb, while Usman Shuaibu, 26, and Mohammed Lawan, 22, were also nabbed with quantities of the same class A drug at Meri and Babban Layi
areas of Maiduguri the same day respectively.

No less than 44,820 pills of opioids being taken to Zamfara state by Tasiu Mohammed, 25, and Abubakar Tanko, 54, were intercepted along Jega-Sokoto road by NDLEA officers in Kebbi state, while a farmer Ali Abdulhamid, 35, was arrested in his farm where he grows tomatoes and some stems of cannabis sativa weighing 73 kilograms at Bakin Kasuwa village, Birnin Yero area of Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.

Two suspects: Shuaibu Ahmed, 38, and Tanimu Abdullahi, 29, travelling in a commercial bus from Lagos to Kano with 99 blocks of cannabis weighing 37kg were intercepted by NDLEA officers along Kwali-Gwagwalada express road, Abuja on Monday 19th Feb, while one Michael Okefi was arrested at Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra state with 483 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup concealed in two 50-litre kegs. A follow up operation led to the arrest of the actual owner, Osinachi Jasper.

At least 540 grams of cocaine concealed in canvas shoes heading to the UK were intercepted at a courier firm in Lagos on Friday 23rd Feb by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI. Equally, a consignment of tramadol 225mg hidden in ladies headgear going to the UK was also seized same day at the courier house, while another parcel containing ecstasy concealed in body cream container meant for Cyprus was also intercepted.

In Kano state, different quantities of opioids and other illicit drugs were recovered from at least 12 young men arrested in parts of Kano between Monday 19th and Friday 23rd February. Some of the suspects include: Yusuf Abdullahi,20; Usman Muh’d,18; Sadiq Jibrin, 20; Ibrahim Lawan, 25; Ukasha Usaini,19; Sahabi Lamini,15; Isiyaka Mohd, 28; Bashir Ayuba,36; Ahmad Idris,18; Abubakar Sani,29; Bashir Mohd, 21 and Udochukwu Ezekiel, 35.

In the same vein, Commands across the country intensified their War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy lectures. These include: Sensitisation lectures for students of Fatahur Rahman Academy, Gumel, Jigawa state; students of Boys High School, Nawfia, Anambra state; students of Government Senior and Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos with the Yobe state command paying WADA advocacy visit to the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Idrissa and the Emir of Potiskum, Alhaji Umar Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, among others.

While commending the officers and men of the Tincan, Lagos, Edo, Ogun, Kaduna, Kano, Anambra, Kebbi, Borno, and FCT Commands of the Agency for their balanced efforts in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded their counterparts across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures thus creating parity between their drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Sunday 25th February 2024

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NLC Protest: Breakdown Of Law & Order not To Be Tolerated In Lagos – CP Fayoade



The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade, mni has assured Lagosians that the Command has put necessary measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property, free flow of traffic and a peaceful environment for carrying out their respective lawful duties.

This assurance has become imperative following news making the rounds about nationwide protests billed to start on Monday, February 26, 2024, an action capable of grounding commercial activities and obstructing free flow of traffic.

The Command will live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to freedom of movement and right to dignity of human persons.

CP Adegoke, therefore, warns all intending protesters that anyone found infringing on the rights of other Nigerians will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Meanwhile, CP Adegoke once again enjoins all peace loving Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation, reiterating that adequate security assets have been strategically deployed to ensure their safety and security.

Police Public Relations Officer
Lagos State Command

February 25, 2024.

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