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Saturday, September 26, 2020
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    Success for Secunda Hawks and Secunda CIG

    Drug addictions is a very serious condition and have a very big impact on everybody that has to do with the drug addict/user.

    A drug syndicate was investigated for over a year by the Hawks and Secunda CIG. Undercover agents had to obtain enough solid evidence before the law enforcers could clamp down on the illegal operations. On 2014/09/01 a closedown action was held on a drug syndicate, investigated by the Secunda HAWKS and Secunda CIG on Project Rainbow, involved in dealing and manufacturing in drugs. The investigators had to resort to unconventional methods to obtain the necessary evidence. The investigating officer D/W/O Ras apposed bail against all suspects arrested on Project Rainbow. The suspects were denied bail and remanded in custody for the last four years and two months. Kingsley Nwaduogu was eventually granted bail after a few years in custody. On 2018/11/08, six of the accused entered a Section 105 plea on two accounts of dealing in drugs each and Section 18 of the POCA Act. (Confiscation agreement order). The two-remaining accused, Kingsley Nwaduogu and Goodwill Ogudimma, are charged with manufacturing and dealing in drugs. Their cases are postponed until 2018/11/22. The services of a new advocate were retained and the case should proceed on the 22nd. These two are also considered to be the “King Pins” behind the syndicate. During sentencing, the court took into account the time already spent in custody (four years and two months). The accused were each found guilty on two accounts of dealing in narcotics:
    1. Patric Chekwube Mbaxhu – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R11 200-00 to be paid back into the CARA (Criminal asset recovery account) account.
    2. Austine Onyebueke – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R11 000-00 to be paid back into the CARA account.
    3. Pastor Isaac – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R9 000-00 to be paid back into the CARA account.
    4. Kenneth Obina Okonkwo – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R13 000-00 to be paid back into the CARA account.
    5. Ernest Chikbuemeka Okoye – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R10 400-00 to be paid back into the CARA account.
    6. Boniface Ezeaie – 8 years imprisonment of which 4 years are suspended for 5 years and R10 000-00 to be paid back into the CARA account.
    All the suspects are Nigerian citizens.
    The Secunda Hawks and Secunda CIG have been very successful in their operations. The public should be aware of the increasing drug trafficking in GMM. Drug addictions is a very serious condition and have a very big impact on everybody that has to do with the drug addict/user.

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    Success for Secunda Hawks and Secunda CIG