The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared former beauty queen Oluwadamilola Aderinoye wanted in connection with suspected illicit drug dealing. According to a statement by Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy for NDLEA, Aderinoye, who held the title of Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture 2015/2016 and is the founder of the Queen Christmas Foundation, was declared wanted on Sunday.
The declaration followed reports that Aderinoye allegedly fled her Lekki estate to evade NDLEA operatives who had received intelligence linking her to illicit substance dealings. Items recovered from her home during a search, witnessed by estate officials, include 606 grams of Canadian Loud (a synthetic strain of cannabis), an electronic weighing scale, large quantities of drug packaging plastics, a black RAV 4 SUV with license plate Lagos KSF 872 GQ, and her picture frame, among other items.
Femi Babafemi stated, “The suspect, also known as Ms. Aderinoye Queen Christmas, has been declared wanted by the agency after she escaped from her Lekki, Lagos residence when NDLEA operatives raided her apartment at Oral Estate, Lekki on Wednesday, January 24, following credible intelligence she deals in illicit substances.”
In a separate incident, NDLEA operatives arrested Udechukwu Ekene, a Brazil returnee, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. Ekene, who had ingested 60 big wraps of cocaine, was apprehended during inward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Initially refusing a body scan, he later accepted placement on excretion observation, during which he expelled a total of 60 wraps of the class A drug weighing 1.279 kilograms in five excretions.