NDLEA intercepts N6.5bn Heroin at Lagos Airport, declares alleged Drug Baron wanted

July 12, 2021
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LAGOS – Operatives of the Na­tional Drug Law En­forcement Agency, NDLEA, said it has intercepted a consignment of 26.150kilograms of heroin with a street value of over N6. 5billion at the SAHCO shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The agency said the illicit drug had arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Airpeace Airline flight on 30th June, 2021 and was 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 to the house of a baron, Tony Chidi On­wurolu at No. 132 Lateef Adeg­boyega Street, off Ago palace way by Grandmate bus stop Okota, Lagos.

“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 recovered a number of documents to es­tablish his true iden­tity.

Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, following this development has directed that the flee­ing drug baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu be declared wanted im­mediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world. He 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 Onwurolu.

Marwa said 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. “Those who have been on the run for 10 years and some for five years, we have since tracked them 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 cant hide for too long before we get him”, Marwa vowed.

In another development, op­eratives of the Command also intercepted a 4.3kg of skunk imported from Canada. The package, which came on Ethi­opian Airline, was concealed in nine packs of cereals.

Also on 9th July, one Baba­tunde Usman Omogbolah­an Bakare was intercepted by NDLEA operatives with 550grams of cannabis and 50grams of Rohypnol (Fluni­trazepam) concealed in six jerry cans of local herbal mix­tures called Gabo at SAHCO export shed, MMIA, Ikeja. The drug was detected during out­ward clearance of Cargo going to Dubai.

Earlier on Tuesday 6th July, operatives of the MMIA Com­mand, conducted a follow-up operation at Gate 2, Ladipo Oluwole Street, opposite Guinness Bottling Company, Ikeja, where one Animashaun Kabiru was apprehended for questioning about a bag con­taining bitter cola, which was brought for export to the UK. When the bag of bitter kola was searched, it was discov­ered that the bitter kola were mixed with some wraps of a substance suspected to be il­licit drug. Thirty-six wraps of the suspected substance later tested positive for Cocaine weighing 600grams.

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