The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a kingpin, Obiorah Chigozie, who was declared wanted for attempts to ship illicit drug consignments to the United Kingdom.
This tops the list of arrests made by NDLEA Operatives through interdiction operations that led to the seizure of four tons of illicit substances in the past week.
A statement by the NDLEA spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja said that the suspect, Obiorah Chigozie had been on the wanted list of the agency since Sept. 15.
This, he said, was when a consignment of 1.500kg skunk concealed in flour going to London, UK was intercepted at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos.
Babafemi said that his freight agent, Nworah Adaugo Precious was arrested.
“Convinced that the 1.500kg consignment had sailed through, Chigozie walked into the agency’s dragnet on Sept. 28 when he personally brought another tranche of 2.00kg concealed in cartons to the airport for shipment to the UK.
“In his interview, Chigozie claimed he was into shoe sales in Lagos before venturing into the illicit drug business, ” he said.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT command of the agency on Sept. 29, intercepted a container truck with registration number BD G41 XM coming from Lagos to Kano at the Gwagwalada area of the FCT.
Also, Babafemi said that no less than 1,188 kilograms of skunk loaded at Owo, Ondo state, and hidden under cartons of toothpaste were recovered from the truck and its driver, Amafan Fattison, 28, was arrested.
Similarly, NDLEA officers in Bayelsa on Sept. 27, seized 432kgs of the same substance from an abandoned J5 bus along Saipem road, Opolo, Yenagoa.
Babafemi said the vehicle was equally recovered from the scene for further investigation.