Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos
Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.
Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.
“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.
“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned
Medical Doctor, ex-soldier in NDLEA’s net for selling drugged cookies, cocaine
A medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma is in deep shit as operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) have pprehended her in Auchi, Edo state for operating an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen, through which she sells drugged cookies and biscuits.
Director of Media and Advocacy Femi Babafemi of the agency in a statement in Abuja, Tuesday, said, at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered from the suspect after surveillance by narcotic officers of the Edo state Command of the Agency on Saturday 19th June, 2021.
He said the officers had stormed her operational base at 1 winners way, Auchi, where she was arrested.
According to Babafemi, 26 yeear old Chioma a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
“She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation.
Also the director said officers of the Edo Command of the Agency also arrested 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma for dealing in crack cocaine.
This were coming as 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam by the NDLEA operatives in Kwara State.
According to Babafemi thee suspect was apprehended on Thursday 17th June, 2021 at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
Sgt Ibrahim Musa who worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno State before he deserted the Army had arrived Ilorin in company of his wife, Basirat Musa in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
“He was however arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of Kwara State Command of the Agency.
“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
“He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children. The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin.”
Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the Edo and Kwara state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse. He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities while assuring them that he’ll continue to make their welfare a priority.
Armed bandits abduct retired Naval Officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja
Armed bandits have kidnapped a retired Naval officer’s wife in Kuchiyi area near Kubwa in Abuja on Sunday Night.
An eye witness told our reporter that a group of heavily armed bandits invaded the area last night shooting sporadically and instilling fears in the residents.
The retired naval officer it was gathered had just retired from service and recently set up a poultry farm in the area where he is also resident.
Speaking on the development, an Abuja resident Mr. Kings Agbor called on the police authorities to establish a major presence in the area to stop the incessant attack on the area.
Kuchibuyi community is a stone throw away from the headquarters of champion faith church, Kubwa Abuja.
NDLEA apprehends law enforcement officer for dealing in Cocaine
. *** uncovers heroin in Pakistan-returnee’s anus at Lagos airport
Nemesis has caught up with a serving officer of a law enforcement agency, Popoola Abayomi as he has been arrested by operatives of the Natiknal Drug Law Enforcemwnt Agency (NDLEA) for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun state.
Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement said the drug dealer who serves in the Lagos state Command of a security agency was arrested on Wednesday 15th June, 2021 after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp area of Abeokuta.
Babafemi explained that one of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider known as Ogah was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams.
He said Popoola who has been on the Agency’s watch list was also nabbed with different illicit drugs including codeine -17 bottles; cannabis -22.26grams; tramadol 230 -98grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam -23.72grams; 113 tablets of molly -48.16grams and sex drops -43.92grams.
He explained further that having arrested the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle.
“The narcotic agents however restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody.
“In the same vein, one Adelodun Kamaldeen has been arrested by operatives of the Oyo state Command of the Agency at General Area, Ilorin, Kwara State following the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams respectively on 13th June.
The statement indicated that, the following day, two ladies; Mary Peter, 40, and Mercy Oladele, 39, were arrested at Total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial micra car.
“The two women were arrested with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji. According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with.
“On Friday 18th June, operatives of the Oyo state Command acting on intelligence also raided the residence of one Alhaji Faruq at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, where they recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate.
In another development in Kaduna state, Babafemi indicated that a drug trafficker, Segun Abraham was arrested at Panteka area of the state on 17th June with 211.500kg of skunk heading to Kano state.
Meanwhile, he said a Nigerian returning from Pakistan, Ezenyeche Kingsley Ebuka has been arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airpirt, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos with five pellets of heroin weighing 250grams discovered in his anus.
He said the suspect had arrived the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on 14th June on Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus.
Babafemi said the suspect failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during inward clearance of passengers on the flight.
While commending the Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna and the MMIA Commands of the Agency for sustaining the offensive action against illicit drug trafficking and the cartels running it, Gen. Marwa warned that the NDLEA will not spare any law enforcement agent hiding under the privilege of his uniform to engage in narcotic criminal business.
“Those who think they can sabotage ongoing efforts to rid Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse hiding behind the façade of their uniforms should better think twice because they’ll have NDLEA to contend with. We’ll not only arrest and expose them but we’ll equally prosecute them and seize all assets acquired through the proceeds of their criminal act”, he warned.
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