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Most Wanted Drug Dealer Finally Arrested In Lagos Church

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One of the most wanted drug dealer who has been on the wanted list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has been arrest for attempting to export 69.65 kilogrammes of cocaine, heroin and cannabis to the United Kingdom.

The suspect, whose name was given as Afam Ikeanyionwu, was said to have been arrested at a Pentecostal Church in Lagos after his plan to traffic the large quantity of drug through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos failed.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said Ikeanyionwu was tracked on Sunday to a popular pentecostal church at Mike Ajari street, Ojodu Berger, where the operatives of the agency arrested him soon after he stepped out of the service.

Babafemi revealed that his arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs weighing 69.65 kilogrammes going to the UK through the Lagos airport on Thursday.

He said the illegal baggage had been sent to the airport for export through a freight forwarding company, which in turn gave a driver to deliver it at the NAHCO export shed.

He said following the arrest of the driver, follow up operations and investigations later revealed the true identity of the actual owner of the consignment, Afam Ikeanyionwu, who was arrested three days later in a sting operation.

Similarly, at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives arrested an Italy-bound passenger, Abibu Miminu, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy via Addis-Ababa for ingesting illicit drugs, THISDAY reports.

Babafemi said while under observation at the agency’s facility between Saturday and Sunday, the trafficker excreted 68 wraps of heroin, all weighing 800 grammes in three excretions.

Meanwhile, a South Africa returnee, Chigozie Samuel, was also last Sunday arrested at the Lagos airport during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines from Addis-Abbaba, for importing 58 grammes of skunk into Nigeria.

Reacting to the arrests and seizures in the past week across some states and at the MMIA, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) 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.

He said: “We have all laid our hands on the plough, there’s no looking back, no retreat or surrender and as such I urge all our officers and men to intensify the ongoing offensive action until the last grammes of illicit drug is taken away from merchants of death.”

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