NDLEA has arrested a wanted drug dealer in church.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said a major drug dealer, Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu was arrested in a church in Ojodu, Ikeja area of Lagos State on Sunday, The Nation report.
The Agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, said Ikeanyionwu was wanted for attempting to export 69.65kilograms of cocaine, heroin and cannabis to the United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Babafemi said the NDLEA had traced the wanted drug dealer on Sunday, August 15, 2021, to a popular Pentecostal church at Mike Ajari Street, Ojodu Berger, where they arrested him soon after he stepped out of the church service.
The statement reads: “His arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs weighing 69.65kg going to the UK through the Lagos Airport on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The illegal baggage had been sent to the airport for export through a freight forwarding company, which in turn gave a driver to deliver at the NAHCO export shed.
He said while under observation at the Agency’s facility between Saturday, August 14 and Sunday 15, 2021, the suspected trafficker excreted 68 wraps of heroin in three excretions, all weighing 800grams.
The statement reads: “In the same manner, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation have intercepted at two courier companies in Lagos 840 grams of Methamphetamine going to Australia and concealed in bolts; 340 grams of Meth hidden in locally made footwear and also going to Australia; 1kilogram of cocaine coming from Ghana with the UK as destination and concealed in four local guitars. Also seized from one of the courier firms is another 480grams of Meth concealed in footwears and going to Australia.
“Meanwhile, a South Africa returnee, Obi Chigozie Samuel, was also last Sunday arrested at the Lagos Airport during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis-Abbaba, for importing 58grams of skunk into Nigeria. During the preliminary interview, he admitted ownership and claimed to be a cannabis smoker.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of the various commands for their unrelenting commitment to the presidential mandate to clear Nigerian forests and communities of illicit drugs in whatever form.
In a related development, the NDLEA has intercepted 2,504.8 kilograms of diverse illicit drugs from multiple suspects in five different states.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement made available to reporters yesterday in Abuja.
According to him, in Kogi, a 60-year-old Mrs Comfort Uzor was arrested with 62.1kg cannabis on Tuesday, August 17 in Lokoja, where one Dayyabu Usman was also caught with 8kg of the same substance.