The Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) detained Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, the Common Overseer of a Pentecostal Church at Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos, on his option to a three-week campaign in Nairobi, Kenya. He was arrested with 54 narcotic sticks entwined round his physique.
The preacher has his church headquarters at Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu highway, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra state, and two different branches in Lagos and Abuja, which was apprehended on Monday, March 7, throughout the outward clearing of passengers on an Ethiopian Airways plane to Nairobi by Addis Abeba.
Based on Babafemi, the 54 sticks discovered on the cleric examined constructive for hashish when examined. Throughout preliminary interrogation, he admitted packing illicit materials on his physique for utilization throughout his three-week campaign in Kenya.
Based on Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, “When the 54 sticks discovered on the Common Overseer had been examined, they proved constructive to be hashish.
“The clergyman confessed throughout the preliminary interview that he packed that amount of illicit substance on his physique to make use of throughout his three weeks campaign in Kenya”.
“On the identical day, one other passenger, Nnakeanyi King, who arrived on the airport on Ethiopian Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil by way of Addis Ababa, was intercepted throughout the inward clearance of passengers on the E-Arrival Corridor of the MMIA. Throughout a search of his baggage, forty (40) parcels of Cocaine hid inside bottles of physique cream with a gross weight of 9.70kg had been recovered from the suspect.
“Three days later, Wednesday, March 9, one other passenger on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy, Mr Edo Blessing, was intercepted on the Departure Corridor of the airport with 2, 090 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and Flunitrazepam. The suspect, who hails from Edo state however lives in Italy, claimed possession of the recovered psychotropic substances.
“Additionally on the identical day, operatives arrested a freight agent, Rafiu Abbas, on the NAHCO Export Shed of the airport when he introduced a cargo containing 19.15kg hashish going to London. The illicit substance was hid inside plastic containers labelled “African Dishes” and stuffed right into a bag.
“In Anambra state, a complete of 38,605 tablets of various opioids had been recovered from a 29-year-old drug vendor, Awoke Friday at Nkwelle junction, Onitsha final Friday, with the help of males of the Nigeria Police,” it acknowledged.
Whereas praising the officers and males of the MMIA, Apapa Port, Kaduna, Yobe, and Anambra Instructions of the NDLEA for the seizures and arrests made prior to now week, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) charged them and their colleagues throughout the nation to remain targeted and intensify efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit medicine and substances.
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