General church overseer arrested with drugs at Lagos airport –

National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers arrested the General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos as he was traveling to a three-week crusade in Nairobi, Kenya with 54 rods of drugs wrapped around his body.

The director of the anti-drug agency, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, made it public in a statement he signed on Sunday.

The young and popular preacher who has his church headquarters at Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu Road, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra State, South East, Nigeria and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday, March 7 , when clearing passengers. on the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.

Babafemi revealed during the test that all 54 sticks tested positive for cannabis. Hence, the cleric confessed in an introductory interview that he had packed the amount of illicit substance on his body to be used during his three-week crusade in Kenya.

On the same day, another passenger, Nnakeanyi Chukwuka King, who arrived at the airport on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, was intercepted during passenger clearance at the lobby. arrival E of the MMIA.

During a search of his luggage, 40 parcels of cocaine concealed inside bottles of body cream with a gross weight of 9.70 kg were recovered from the suspect.

Three days later – Wednesday March 9, another passenger on the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Italy, Edo Blessing was intercepted in the airport departures hall with 2,090 tablets of tramadol 225mg and flunitrazepam.

The suspect from Edo State but residing in Italy claimed ownership of the recovered mind-altering substances.

The statement further revealed: “Also on the same day, officers arrested a cargo agent, Rafiu Abbas, at the airport’s NAHCO export hangar when he presented a shipment containing 19.15 kg of cannabis to destination London. The illicit substance was concealed in plastic containers labeled “African dishes” and packed in a bag”.

In a related development, Babafemi revealed that a 63-year-old Vincent Obimma was arrested on Friday March 11 with 350 grams of cocaine and 150 grams of heroin by NDLEA officers at a port corridor park. ship from Apapa to Lagos, adding that the drugs were hidden. in bundles of industrial torches heading for Kano, the capital of Kano State.

Meanwhile, a drug trafficker in Kaduna State, James Okenwa, was arrested in a follow-up operation at Kaduna Central Market, admitting ownership of 1,807 bottles of cough syrup with codeine which had previously been recovered from two suspects at the toll.

According to the NDLEA statement, at the time of his arrest, another 152 bottles of drugs were recovered from his vehicle. He accepted ownership of all 1,959 bottles of codeine syrup.

“In Yobe State, two bogus security guards: Akalonu Justin and Azimbi Festus who came from Onitsha heading towards Maiduguri, Borno State were arrested with 25 Cannabis Sativa pads weighing 12.5 kg and 1,598 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 159.8. Liters, while 85 kg of cannabis were also recovered from the warehouse of a notorious drug trafficker in the Pawari district of Damaturu, the state capital, on Thursday, March 10.

“In Anambra State, a total of 38,605 assorted opioid tablets were recovered from a 29-year-old drug trafficker, Awoke Friday at Nkwelle Junction, Onitsha on Friday 11 March with the support of Nigerian police men,” the NDLEA spokesperson recalled.

In the meantime, while commending the officers and men of the MMIA Agency Commands, Apapa Port, Kaduna, Yobe and Anambra for the impressive seizures and arrests of the past week, the NDLEA President and CEO, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retired) instructed agency staff and their colleagues across the country to stay focused and intensify efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs and substances.

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