*Owner, Tony Chidi Onwurolu on the run
By Ernest Omoarelojie
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted a huge 26.150kg cache of heroin with a street value of N6. 5bn. The seizure was made at the SAHCO shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The agency made the disclosure on Sunday via a statement issued by its director, media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.
The agency revealed that the drug consignment arrived the airport in 25 parcels aboard Air Peace flight from South Africa on Wednesday, June 30. The consignment was subseq delayed for screening following what the agency described as “reasonable suspicion of the contentment of the consignment.”
The agency added that through follow-up operation, narcotic officers at the airport trailed both the driver and clearing agent assigned to deliver the cache to the house of a Baron, one Tony Chidi Onwurolu at No. 132, LateefAdegboyega Street, Off Ago Palace Way by Grandmate Bus stop Okota, Lagos. However, the baron allegedly escaped having obviously initiated a counter a counter surveillance around his neighborhood.
“During the follow up operation, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, who obviously mounted a counter-surveillance around his neighbourhood fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence. They were, however, able to search his home and recover a number of documents to establish his true identity,” Babafemi disclosed in the statement.
Following the development, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd), has directed that the fleeing drug baron be declared wanted, immediately, and his details submitted to Interpol, for tracking across the world.”
NDLEA has further instructed its Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigation, including its Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast track the arrest of the fleeing Onwurolu in view of the volume of heroin he brought into the country.
“Those, who have been on the run for 10 years and some for five years, have since been tracked and are now facing charges, while cooling their heels behind bars. The latest one won’t be an exception because he can only run but can’t hide for too long before we get him”, Brig Buba Marwa, NDLEA boss vowed.
Meanwhile NDLEA operatives of the same command also intercepted a 4.3kg of skunk imported into the country from Canada. The package, which reportedly came via Ethiopian Airline, was concealed in nine packs of cereals.