NDLEA Arrests Wanted Kingpin Attempting To Ship Illicit Drugs To UK

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A wanted drug kingpin has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while attempting to ship illicit drug consignments to the United Kingdom.

The agency confirmed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday through its spokesman, Femi Babafemi.

According to Babafemi, the suspect, Obiorah Chigozie, had been on the wanted list of the agency since Sept. 15. He was, however, part of the suspects recently arrested by the NDLEA operatives through interdiction operations that led to the seizure of four tons of illicit substances in the past week.

This, he said, was when a consignment of 1.500kg skunk concealed in flour going to London, UK, was intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos.

Babafemi said that his freight agent, Nworah Adaugo Precious, was arrested.

“Convinced that the 1.500kg consignment had sailed through, Chigozie walked into the agency’s dragnet on Sept. 28 when he personally brought another tranche of 2.00kg concealed in cartons to the airport for shipment to the UK.

“In his interview, Chigozie claimed he was into shoe sales in Lagos before venturing into the illicit drug business,” he said.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT command of the agency on Sept. 29, intercepted a container truck with registration number BD G41 XM coming from Lagos to Kano at the Gwagwalada area of the FCT.

Also, Babafemi said that no less than 1,188 kilograms of skunk loaded at Owo, Ondo state, and hidden under cartons of toothpaste were recovered from the truck and its driver, Amafan Fattison, 28, was arrested.

Similarly, NDLEA officers in Bayelsa on Sept. 27, seized 432kgs of the same substance from an abandoned J5 bus along Saipem road, Opolo, Yenagoa.

Babafemi said the vehicle was equally recovered from the scene for further investigation.

In Kano, Ado Unguwa, 70, was arrested on Saturday, Sept. 30, with a 143.2kgs skunk in Dindere village, Tofa LGA.

Babafemi said that operatives in Enugu the same day recovered 110.6kgs of the same substance from a locked-up shop at Aria’s new market.

He added that operatives in Lagos also, on Saturday, Sept. 30, stormed the notorious Idi-Oro drug enclave in Mushin, where they seized 212.5kgs of cannabis sativa belonging to a wanted drug lord.

This was even as NDLEA officers in Kwara recovered 104kgs of skunk from a Toyota Camry car in the Offa area of the state.

Babafemi said that a Chadian, Mohammed Ibrahim, 25, was also nabbed at Mafa checkpoint, Borno, with 11.8kgs of the same substance on Monday, Sept. 25.

“In Plateau, the police command, in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, transferred four suspects: Yusuf Akim, Frank Gah, Jackson Ejeh and Joseph Utsu.

“1,978kgs cannabis was recovered from them to the state command of NDLEA, while in Cross River, operatives on Monday, Sept. 25 seized 40,000 ampules of pentazocine injection.

”Two suspects, Fajulugbe Adeshola, 35, and Nnaorji Agwe, 54, at Mobil by MCC road, Calabar, were arrested.

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