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Pastor Caught With N609m Hard Drugs At Lagos Airport

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

OFFICIALS of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the Resident Pastor of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim at Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos, Prophet Micheal Raji, over an alleged attempt to export of 174 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs worth N609 million to South Africa.

The NDLEA said on Wednesday May 20, 2015 that three international passports bearing different names were also recovered from him, even as a jeep was impounded during the operation.

According to the agency, a preliminary investigation allegedly indicated that the suspect was a member of a wanted drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

The agency claimed that 60-year-old pastor had told investigators that he was lured to the crime by the devil.

It quoted the pastor as saying, “I received the drugs from my friend and I kept them in the church since October 2014. This is a great temptation for me and I pray to God to overcome it.”

NDLEA said, “Preliminary investigation has indicated that the 60-year-old suspect, Michael Raji, is a top member of a drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

“The pastor had three international passports bearing his photographs. One of the passports bears the name Michael Raji, while the other two bear the name Kadigun Fatah Ola.

“It was equally discovered that the church premises where he ministers also serves as a warehouse for narcotics.”

Speaking on his arrest, the NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar, said: “I can tell you that this suspect is a smooth operator, but we have uncovered his bag of tricks.

“The drugs were brought to the airport for export to South Africa where it was detected. Investigation eventually traced the movement of the drugs to his church premises where he was arrested.”

Cholera Wreaks Havoc In Kenya, Death Toll Hits 65

THE death toll from the recent cholera outbreak in Kenya has risen to 65, with at least 3,234 cases reported across the country, authorities said Tuesday May 19, 2015.

“Cumulatively 326 new cases were reported in the last one week. This is an increase from the previous week where 226 new cases were reported,” Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, said in a statement released in Nairobi.

He said in the last one week alone, six new deaths were reported and reiterated the government’s pledge to intensify surveillance, public awareness and provision of water treatment chemicals to halt cholera infections.

Macharia said the outbreak, which started in Nairobi on December 26, 2014, has since spread to 11 out of 47 counties in Kenya, adding that a prolonged dry spell, poor hygienic practices and inadequate health facilities worsened the spread of cholera.

The cholera outbreak was initially reported in western Kenya but later spread to Nairobi, central and the coastal regions.

Macharia said a spike in cholera infections and deaths was recorded in the month of April following heavy downpour and flooding. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.

“Heavy flooding experienced in the last one month resulted to contamination of the environment. Poor hygienic practices like open defecation and hawking of food worsened the outbreak,” he said.

The health ministry announced in February that a raft of measures to contain a cholera outbreak that had then claimed eight lives in three counties in Western Kenya.

Director of Medical Services in that country’s Ministry of Health, Nicholas Muraguri, deployed technical personnel, medicine and water treatment chemicals to Migori, Homa Bay and Nairobi counties affected by cholera.