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NDLEA Chairman Launches Drug-Free Nigeria Show with Sunny Irakpo on Radio



Drug-Free Nigeria Show (DFN SHOW) with Sunny Irakpo on Lagoon Radio (Mondays 5-6pm) has been launched with the slogan, …too good for drugs

The DFN SHOW is an idea of Founder/President Silec Initiatives, founded by Amb. Sunny Irakpo.

He is a youth and anti-drug abuse advocate and antidrug abuse ambassador, with over 10 years’ experience of public advocacy, campaign and sensitization of citizens about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction.

He is a 2019 U.S Government Sponsored Exchange Alumni of the International Visitor’s Leadership Exchange Program (IVLP).

He is certified on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care Sensitization by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a programme sponsored by the European Union for high performance and patriotic individuals with exemplary leadership skills who have contributed and contributing significantly to national development.

He has a (Hons.) Holder in accounting second class upper division from the faculty of management sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.

He belongs to the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Distinguished Old Boy Methodist Boys High School, Lagos, a media influencer, strategist and Nation builder to the core.


The DFN SHOW with slogan……too good for drugs… is a first of its kind show in Nigeria , conceptualized to primarily drive the sensitization of citizens and the general public across the globe on the worrying phenomenon of social vices such as drugs and substance abuse especially amongst youths.

It is a cankerworm which has led many promising youths to their early graves without fulfilling their God-given purposes on earth and to those living , its serves as a big distraction from achieving their dreams nor contributing their quota to the growth and development of the society at large.

It is a social re-engineering programme for the youths and members of the public which will critically and fundamentally addresses the heightened state of drug abuse in Nigeria and across the continent particularly amongst the youths who are the worse victims and also look at issues of national importance.

The cardinal focus of DFN Show is to bring the best in our youths for economic productive and prosperity, educate families, communities on preventive approach with drug demand reduction strategy which must be activated via the power of information to the broadest members of the public, aimed at revealing the consequences and health implications of drug abuse and addiction and proffering solutions thereto.

The show will be hosted by yours truly (Sunny Irakpo) and very conversational with selected topics of discussion, energy filled with fun, style, good music and sound track, strong and high profile personality’s and professionals interview sections, loads of entertainment and section, review of hot newspaper headlines on the subject, side attraction for youths and give away or audience reward for following the show off course the DFN Show is opened for massive sponsorship and for advert placement.


• To drastically reduce drug abuse amongst youths

• Sensitization of citizens by increasing knowledge and awareness about drugs

• Help redirect the energies of young people into meaningful socio-economic activities, talent promotion etc.

• Enlightens citizens on the looming dangers and consequences in drugs and substance abuse on the families, communities, organisations, government, and individuals with its health implications

• To help government reduce cost from tackling social vices such as criminality, drug abuse etc. by complimenting the efforts of the relevant government agencies such as NDLEA.

• Create a conversational platform for the youths and drug disorder individuals to share experiences (Evidence Based) and to find the needed help, by reducing stigma associated with drug users and be encouraged to speak up.

• Helping our youths to become better citizens.

. Create more avenues for international collaborations and platform to help address the issue of drugs and substance abuse across the world especially with The Martinsberg Initiative (TMI) ,WorldChicago and Silec Initiatives as a formidable entities.

DFN is a partnership secured from the Diocese of Lagos Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion under the Episcopal Leadership of the Rt. Revd. Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Missioner as part of the church contribution to the fight against drugs and substance abuse, and the ongoing efforts of the church to build a world class rehabilitation centre already being constructed in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria. Indeed, The Diocesan is a Father that gives his children feathers to fly higher.

Presently, the DFN Show has been launched by Brig. Gen.Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) the Chairman National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the 14th June 2021with his promise to partner to sustain the DFN Show as another means to carry on with the antidrug campaign promotion. He was ably presented by Mr Femi Babafemi ,the Director of Media and Advocacy National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),Nigeria.

Therefore, I dedicate this Show to God Almighty for the inspiration, to my family for the sacrifices and forbearance in pursuing my Vision for the Nation since my National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) Days in (2010),my mentors and partners, friends and well-wishers ,Team Silec and everyone who has not giving up on their dreams, particularly the YOUTHS.

Remember, when motive is Pure, God’s Backing is Sure.

Once again, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I present to you for your listening pleasure the DFN Show with Sunny Irakpo.

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2023 Elections: INEC Deploys 707,384 Presiding Officers




The Independent National Electoral Commission will deploy 707,384 presiding officers for the general elections scheduled to commence on February 25.

The commission also said that since electoral education was important, there was a need to infuse it into the National Values Curriculum of primary schools in Nigeria.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated these during the public presentation of the Electoral Education Curriculum and Teachers’ Guide for primary schools.

The curriculum which was developed by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening  – Sustaining Electoral Engagement for Democracy project funded by USAID and FCDO and implemented by National Democratic Institute and IFES, was in partnership with the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, INEC (through the Voter Education Department), National Orientation Agency, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All and academia from across the country.

Okoye said, “We believe that electoral education is important in the goals of our nation. Electoral education is a specialized area and that is why we have this curriculum being infused into the National Values Curriculum in our primary schools.

“For instance, for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, the commission will deploy a total of 707, 384 presiding officers and assistant presiding officers.

“These presiding officers will be drawn from the crop of young men and women doing their National Youth Service Corps, while the assistant presiding officers will be drawn from students from federal tertiary institutions.

“It is therefore important for us to understand the importance of electoral education in the development of our democracy.

“A national civic education curriculum and teachers’ guide with a specific focus on electoral education will prepare our children for the challenges ahead and also prepare them on how to respect other people’s races and also prepare them to assume leadership in future.”

The President of IFES, Anthony Banbury, said its contribution to the project was to strengthen Nigeria’s electoral process through effective teaching and learning of civic education in primary schools.

“To catch them young, the revised curriculum is a hallmark innovation that will introduce children and youth very early to the concept, processes, ethics, and values of democratic systems and governance.

“It will be essential for the young people’s orientation to initiate a shift from the existing norms. In the long term, it will increase civic participation and knowledge of democratic systems and values, as the children of today become the adults and the voters of tomorrow,” Banbury said.

The Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, said the aim was to strengthen the fabric of the nation’s democracy for sustainable growth and development.

According to him, since the return of democracy in 1999, citizens’ participation in elections and the electoral process had remained an issue of concern.

He also said that a known reason for this was the lack of adequate electoral knowledge.

“Hence, promoting democratic electoral culture and developing civic skills are therefore necessary for well-informed and responsible participation in elections and in the electoral process,” Junaidu said.

He said that the above informed the initiative of the NERDC in collaboration with IFES to develop the Electoral Education Curriculum for primary schools in Nigeria.

According to him, the curriculum, generally, is developed to expose young learners to the rudiments of democracy and inculcate in them the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for active citizens’ participation in the democratic process.

“Specifically, the curriculum is designed to achieve five key objectives, which are to: equip learners with basic knowledge of the concept of democracy, the role of elections in democracy and good governance.

He said the choice of primary school learners was hinged on the core principle of using education as an instrument of socialisation for the young to assume adult roles for the good of society.

“Thus, the teaching of electoral education at this level will ensure that when children reach voting age, they would have already understood the fundamentals of active participation in the political and electoral process,” Junaidu said.

While commending the management of NERDC for the initiative, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Dr Claris Ujam, said the curriculum had become a dynamic process for sustainable national development.

He said, “Every time, there are changes or developments happening around the world, the school curricula are affected.

“Therefore, the inclusion of concepts and contents of electoral education under Civic Education is in line with the drive under the Ministry’s Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan.

“This is to enable the acquisition of citizenship values and skills through quality education. The electoral education curricular contents constitute a remarkable step to create positive change in the election landscape and political development.”

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Pro, Anti Ekweremadu Protesters Storm UK Trial




The human trafficking case against a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, Beatrice, resumed in a London court on Tuesday.

However, anti- and pro-Ekweremadu protests were staged in front of the court ahead of the proceedings.

AFP reported that before court proceedings, there was a gathering of protesters, some of whom were in support of the lawmaker while others were against him.

The lawmaker was in June 2022 arrested alongside his wife at Heathrow Airport in London on the allegation that they flew a young man from Nigeria to the UK to harvest his organ.

The allegation added that the organ was meant for Ekweremadu’s daughter, Sonia, who is currently hospitalised with a kidney-related illness.

Some Nigerians had in October 2022 protested in Abuja against the continued detention of the lawmaker who has now spent 223 days in the custody of UK authorities.

Protesters, once again, gathered at the court on Tuesday to either support the embattled lawmaker or protest his continued detention in UK custody.

“I mean, this case is unbelievable,” one protester, Citizen Gbola, was quoted by AFP as saying.

“Where else in the world would you have a deputy senate president, who is still a serving senator, he’s still getting his regular wage?”

According to Daily Mail, Sonia couldn’t make it to court on Tuesday but sought permission with a psychological report by her team claiming she was not fit to stand trial.

She had pleaded not guilty to the allegation of trafficking a homeless man into the UK to harvest his organs for herself, when she appeared in court on November 7, 2022.

The young man, who levelled the allegation against the Ekweremadus, told Staines Police Station that he was made to undergo some medical tests, none of which he consented to.

A 50-year-old medical doctor from South London, Obinna Obeta, was also arrested in connection to the allegation.

During proceedings at the Old Bailey court, Ekweremadu who wore a grey tracksuit top only said “Yes, miss” when asked to confirm his name.

Seated beside the lawmaker in the dock and dressed in black was his wife who was granted bail in July 2022 while her husband was said to be a flight risk.

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New Naira Notes: Emefiele Finally Appears Before House of Reps




The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has finally appeared before the House of Representatives which summoned him over the crisis caused by the redesign of some naira notes and the exchange of old naira notes with new ones by the populace.

Emefiele is appearing before the ad hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the crisis, which is chaired by Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was to issue a warrant for Emefiele’s arrest over his repeated failures to answer at least four summons from the House.

The House had shelved its plan to go on break for the presidential and National Assembly elections, which was to commence on Thursday, over the CBN governor’s failure to answer the last summons issued to him by the committee.

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