Ordinarily, Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu, carries the image of a gentleman who can’t harm a fly. But for operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, he is a death merchant not fit to mingle freely with the public. Little wonder he has been the agency’s wanted list for sometime.
According to the agency, Ikeanyionwu has been on the agency’s wanted list for attempting to export a combined 69.65kg weight of cocaine, heroin and cannabis, to the United Kingdom. It was therefore a relief as they picked him up on Sunday, August 15, 2021, on his way out of an unnamed Lagos church after service.
Ikeanyionwu was implicated as the drug lord who attempted to export the said quantity of drugs out of the country via the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on Thursday, 12th August, 2021. The illicit consignment was billedfor the United Kingdom.
Ikeanyionwu was also alleged to have asked a driver to help him ferry the drug-laddened baggage to the airport, to be freighter by a forwarding outfit at the NAHCO export shed, onward export to its UK destination. The move was bursted when the driver was caught with it. The driver’s subsequent confessional statement pointed accusing fingers at Ikeanyionwu as the owner. But the drug merchant slipped through the fingers of the operatives as they went for his arrest until luck ran out on him. He was traced to the unnamed church, located somewhere at Mike Ajari street, Ojodu Berger, where he was picked up as he stepped out of church service.
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