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How 197 Drug Convicts Escaped From Prison

Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

It has been revealed how 179 convicts serving various terms in jail escaped from Nigeria prisons.

The Chairman/ Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade who made this disclosure in Lagos

said that surprisingly one of the convicted drug trafficker who escaped from prison was re-arrested in Kaduna while trying to smuggle Indian hemp to Spain.

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade

NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade

The  NDLEA boss, however  did not disclosed the name of the ex-convict, but added that the situation has become worrisome considering the fact that it is the lives of officers who arrested the suspects that is presently at risk.

Giade made this disclosure during the public destruction of about 18,791.595 kg of illicit drugs at Ibereko, in Badagry area of Lagos State.

He explained that the escapees were actually assisted by some dubious Prison officials posted to the courts where the drug traffickers were being tried.

“The secret plan was uncovered by NDLEA when a drug convict who ought to be in prison was re-arrested while attempting to smuggle drugs at the Kano airport. That was how a cartel that aided 197 convicted drug traffickers to evade serving their various sentences was sent into oblivion. The Police authority investigated the matter and confirmed my findings that about 197 drug convicts were let off the hook with the connivance of some court clerks and prison warders” he added.

He noted that efforts as ongoing to re-arrest the fleeing ex-convicts and that by the time the long hand of the law eventually catches up with them they would be made to face the full weight of the Law.

Meanwhile, Giade explained that the destroyed drugs weighing 18,791.595 were seized by the NDLEA Lagos command, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Command, Seme Border Special Area Command and the National Headquarters.

He said that all cases relating to the destroyed drugs have been heard and disposed by the Federal High Court. Stressing that the drugs include 18,420.71 kg of cannabis, 268.9533kg of cocaine/ heroin and 101.932kg of methamphetamine/ ephedrine.

Drug trafficking according to the NDLEA boss is a crime that must be fought by all, adding that drug trafficking is a transnational organized crime capable of undermining global security.

He explained that it has degenerated in some regions of the world into political and social instability with negative impact on the rule of Law, human rights and economic development.

“In some cases illicit proceeds of opium and cocaine smuggling are used in funding acts of terrorism and insurgency. Drug control must therefore be given priority attention by all countries” Giade stated.