*Unearth Warehouse, Seizes N193bn Worth of Crack in Lagos
*Arrests 4 Barons, 1 Other
September 19, 2022
Nigeria’s premier anti-narcotic outfit, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has recorded what appears to be the nation’s biggest singular cocaine seizure. Following two days of a meticulous Intel-based operation, operatives of the agency earthed a major warehouse in a secluded Ikorodu, Lagos estate, housing cocaine. The illicit drug which was subsequently seized, weighed 1.8tons, equivalent of 1,855kn and has a street value of more than $278, 250,000 or N194, 775,000,000.
Following the seizure, the operatives arrested four drug barons, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager in an operation that lasted two days across different Lagos locations. The arrested kingpins inlude Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo State, Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra state, Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state, Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo state and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica. They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the Agency has been trailing since 2018.
According to a statement issued by NDLEA’s director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, the warehouse, located at 6 Olukuola Crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu, was raided on Sunday, September 18, 2022, while the barons were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday, September 19.
Preliminary investigation, the statement further said, reveals that the class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the Cartel made attempts to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.
While commending all the officers and men of the Agency involved in the extensive investigation including those of the American Drug Enforcement Administration, US-Dea, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, said the bust is a historical blow to the drug cartels and a strong warning that they’ll all go down if they fail to realise that the game has changed.