In a prestigious gathering of top government officials and military leaders, His Excellency, The Senator, Otunba Engr. Gbenga Daniel, FNSE, FAEng., FNIMechE, stood as the emissary of Senate President His Excellency, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, at the Graduation Dinner and Award Night of National Defence College Nigeria Course 31.

The Senator, Otunba Daniel representing Senate President
The event, held at a grand venue in the nation’s capital, brought together luminaries from the highest echelons of the Nigerian government and military.Senator
Among the distinguished guests were the Minister of Defence, His Excellency, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, CON, and the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, MON. The occasion also saw the presence of representatives from all the Service Chiefs, showcasing the government’s unwavering commitment to national security and defense matters.Senator
The Graduation Dinner and Award Night not only celebrated the achievements of the graduates but also served as a testament to the unity and collaboration between Nigeria’s civilian leadership and its military establishment, emphasizing the importance of a robust defense system in safeguarding the nation’s interests.


  1. […] Armed with precise intelligence, a joint patrol team comprising vigilant Marine patrol officers embarked on a mission to thwart an impending drug smuggling endeavor. Information had surfaced that a large shipment of Marijuana was en route to Nigeria via the western waterways from a neighboring country. At about 4:00am, the patrol team intercepted a wooden boat powered by two Yamaha outboard engines, each boasting 40 horsepower. The vessel was laden with 103 sacks, the contents of which aroused immediate suspicion as Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana). Upon spotting the approaching patrol team, the smugglers resorted to evasive action, diving into the water and abandoning their boat along with its illegal cargo. The seized contraband, upon arrival at the Western Marine Command Headquarters in Ibafon, Apapa, was confirmed to consist of 8,240 parcels (loaves) of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana), weighing a total of 3,811 kilograms. The duty paid value of this substantial Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) seizure amounted to an astounding N692,160,000 (Six Hundred and Ninety-Two Million, One Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira Only). In addition to the drug haul, the duty paid value of the wooden boat and the two Yamaha outboard engines was calculated at N7,350,000 (Seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). Together, these figures reflected a combined duty paid value of N699,510,000 (Six Hundred and Ninety-Nine Million, Five Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira Only) for the entire seizure. This successful operation underscores the ongoing efforts of the Western Marine Command to combat smuggling and illicit trade, safeguarding the nation’s economy and public health. The insidious allure of quick wealth through smuggling poses a grave threat to both economic stability and the well-being of citizens, especially in the case of drug trafficking. Customs Area Controller Compt. OA Salefu expressed profound appreciation for the support of the media and the general public, emphasizing the importance of collective action in eradicating these detrimental trade practices. He also conveyed his gratitude to the leadership of the Nigeria Customs Service, pledging unwavering loyalty to the mission of protecting the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NCS handing over the intercepted drugs to the NDLEA This resolute action by the Western Marine Command serves as a testament to the dedication of law enforcement agencies in curbing drug smuggling and preserving the nation’s welfare. The intercepted drugs were promptly handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). […]


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