Operatives of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company, NDLEA, have intercepted a cargo of 26.150 kilograms of heroin with a road worth of greater than N6.5 billion on the SAHCO shed of Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
An announcement issued by the Director, Media & Advocacy Femi Babafemi right this moment, Sunday stated the illicit medication arrived in Lagos in 25 packing containers by an Airpeace Airways flight from South Africa on the 30th of June, 2021, and was detained for screening as a consequence of affordable suspicion of the consignment’s contents.
The next day, July 1st, narcotic officers from the MMIA command trailed the driving force and a clearing agent who have been assigned to ship the consignment to the home of a baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu at No. 132 Lateef Adegboyega Road, off In the past palace method by Grandmate bus cease Okota, Lagos.
Through the follow-up operation, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, who had clearly mounted a counter-surveillance operation in his neighborhood, fled his dwelling earlier than the arrival of the workforce of operatives who stormed his residence. They have been in a position to search his dwelling, nonetheless, and recuperate quite a few paperwork that helped them decide his true id.
Following the event, the Chairman/Chief Govt of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed that the fleeing drug baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu be declared needed instantly and his particulars submitted to Interpol for monitoring the world over. He due to this fact directed the Company’s Directorate of Belongings and Monetary Investigations in addition to the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to quick monitor the arrest of Onwurolu.
Marwa stated in view of the amount of heroin introduced into nation by the fleeing baron, the Company would deploy all obtainable mechanisms, regionally and internationally, to trace him and produce him to face expenses within the legislation courtroom. “Those that have been on the run for 10 years and a few for 5 years, now we have since tracked them and at the moment are dealing with expenses whereas cooling their heels behind bars. The newest one received’t be an exception, as a result of he can solely run however cant cover for too lengthy earlier than we get him”, Marwa vowed.
In the identical vein, operatives of the Command additionally intercepted a 4.3kg of skunk imported from Canada. The bundle, which got here on Ethiopian Airline, was hid in 9 packs of cereals.
Additionally on ninth July, one Babatunde Usman Omogbolahan Bakare was intercepted by NDLEA operatives with 550grams of hashish and 50grams of Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) hid in six jerry cans of native natural mixtures known as Gabo at SAHCO export shed, MMIA, Ikeja. The drug was detected throughout outward clearance of Cargo going to Dubai.
The company acknowledged that earlier on Tuesday sixth July, operatives of the MMIA Command, carried out a follow-up operation at Gate 2, Ladipo Oluwole Road, reverse Guinness Bottling Firm, Ikeja, the place one Animashaun Kabiru was apprehended for questioning a few bag containing bitter cola, which was introduced for export to the UK. When the bag of bitter kola was searched, it was found that the bitter kola have been blended with some wraps of a substance suspected to be illicit drug. Thirty-six wraps of the suspected substance later examined optimistic for Cocaine weighing 600grams.
In a associated growth, an Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, arrested on eighth June in reference to the seizure of a cocaine consignment has been let off the hook following his cooperation that led to the arrest of the actual proprietor of the drug, Mr. Egbo Emmanuel Maduka, who in his assertion accepted possession of the consignment and absolved Lawal of any complicity.
Whereas commending officers and males of the MMIA Command of the Company for the collection of seizures and arrests up to now week, Gen. Marwa requested them to not relaxation on their oars, including that “we should all stay absolutely ready and proactive always if now we have to battle this scourge to a standstill.”