Operatives of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company have arrested a former Vice Chairman of Lagos Island East Native Council Growth Space, Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, with cocaine on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport.
The spokesman for the anti-narcotics company, Femi Babafemi, confirmed this on Wednesday by way of a press release.
In keeping with the assertion, the suspect had been on the company’s needed record following the latest arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
It learn, “The lengthy arm of the regulation nonetheless caught up with the needed baron at about 9.40 pm on Friday, seventh Could, 2021 whereas making an attempt to board a Virgin Atlantic Airline flight to London, the UK on the Lagos airport.
“On the level of his arrest, Asekun was caught with a kilogramme of cocaine hid in 5 pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
“He has been on the needed record of the MMIA Command of the Company in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December 2020.”
In keeping with the company, preliminary investigation revealed that the London-based suspected drug baron is a seasoned politician.
He was at completely different occasions between 2004 and 2014 the vice-chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had additionally contested and misplaced elections for the Home of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State Home of Meeting in 2015.
NDLEA added, “Though he claims to be a global businessman who offers in vehicles, the investigation is but to verify that to be the supply of his acquired wealth.
“In the midst of monitoring him, the sum of N131 million was seized from his account and one other N14 million additionally blocked within the account of certainly one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the entire sum thus far recovered from him to N145 million.”
Reacting to the arrest, NDLEA Chairman, Mohamed Buba Marwa counseled the officers and males of the MMIA Command of the Company for resilience and dedication to responsibility.
He additionally stated he was assured that with the assist of all stakeholders, the issue of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria could be drastically diminished very quickly.
“This arrest is one more message and purple alert to these nonetheless on this legal commerce whether or not as barons or traffickers that they’ll quickly enter the drag web of the company, day by day being unfold throughout the nation,” he stated.
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