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Centre raises alarm over high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria

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Centre raises alarm over high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria

Devatop Centre for Africa Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Tuesday in Abuja raised an alarm over the high rate of “Sextortion” crime in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the centre, Mr Joseph Osuigwe, at the screening of two short movies to create more awareness about “Sextortion” and panel discussion about the crime, stated that there has been more silence about “Sextortion”, and this is making it to thrive.

The term “Sextortion” refers to the act of coercing individuals into providing explicit images, videos, or other forms of intimate content with a threat of exposing the content to the public, in demand for gains, monetary and others.

Yhe names of the movies are “Hidden Pandemic” and “Sextortion and Revenge Porn”.

Osuigwe noted that there is so much silence about “Sextortion” and that the screening of the films was to create more awareness and commemorate the centre “TALKAM App” for citizens to report this crime.

He said that the “Talkam App” is a civic-tech initiative dedicated to addressing human rights abuses, promoting and protecting human rights, as well as stimulating reportage and action among citizens.

According to him, one of the things that had made “Sextortion” to thrive is not just only the perpetrators, but the silence and inaction of the society.

He said that the silence of the society about this crime was one of the reasons the centre was screening the films to create more awareness, and to ginger citizens to take action against it and report it to the appropriate authorities.

“Few months ago, a 17-year-old teenage boy in the United States committed suicide after being sexually extorted by three Nigerians who operate a Sextortion network.
“Recent research conducted by SNAP Incorporated shows that two-thirds of Generation Z are targeted for online Sextortion.

“There is an urgent need for organisations and donors to expand their focus to counter Sextortion and online sexual exploitation.

“Last year, through the support of United States Embassy in Nigeria, the centre started a 6th phase Talkam project, which focuses on countering Sextortion, online sexual exploitation and online Human Trafficking.

“In the past 10 months of the project, we have launched Red Card2Sextortion campaign, trained teachers and students union leaders across three states to carry out school sensitisation,” he said.

He, however, called for a holistic action against crime and other crimes against humanity.

The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof Fatima Waziri-Azi, commended Devatop Centre for the initiative about the films.

Represented by Dr Ebele Ulasi, NAPTIP Director of Public enlightenment, Waziri-Azi stated that victims of human trafficking also fall into the trap of sextortion perpetrators, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to rise against the crime.

According to her, victims of trafficking experience Sextortion when they are in the web of traffickers, who exploit their vulnerability, manipulate their fears and perpetrate heinous crimes against them.

She said that in addition to Sextortion, there are several other crimes against humanity that Nigerians must rise against, adding that they are all hitting deep in the country.

Mrs Lydia Odeh, Chief of Party, Palladium, Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project, commended Devatop Centre for screening the movies.

She said that the movies were timely, especially as Nigeria is commemorating World Day Against Human Trafficking.

According to her, apart from Sextortion, the movies also focus on issues of sex for grade which is hitting deep in the country tertiary institutions.

She added that all the content in the films are what is happening in the Nigerian society, while calling for a change in the narrative.

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NDLEA Arrests grandpa, Intercepts Cocaine Consignments In Canvas Shoes

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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

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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.

SP BENJAMIN HUNDEYIN, anipr, mipra
Police Public Relations Officer
Lagos State Command
Ikeja.

February 25, 2024.

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