- …the illicit drug had arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on 30th June, 2021.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted a consignment of 26.15 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of over ₦6.5billion at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the seizure was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.
According to him, the illicit drug had arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on 30th June, 2021.
He said that it was, however, detained for screening following reasonable suspicion of the content of the consignment.
“A follow-up operation was subsequently carried out the following day, 1st July when narcotic officers of the MMIA command trailed the driver and a clearing agent that were assigned to deliver the consignment.
“Investigation revealed that they were to deliver to the house of a baron at Okota, Lagos.
“During the follow-up operation, the baron, 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 recovered a number of documents to establish his true identity,” he said.
Babafemi said that the NDLEA Chiarman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), had directed that the fleeing drug baron be declared wanted immediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.
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He said Marwa had, therefore, directed the agency’s Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations as well as the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast-track the arrest of the baron.
Marwa said that in view of the volume of heroin brought into country by the fleeing baron, the agency would deploy all available mechanisms, locally and internationally, to track him and bring him to face charges in the law court.
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