NDLEA detains Drug kingpin
Yunusa Fidelis, a drug kingpin who heads a syndicate operating at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, and six other members of his gang have been detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, said the Lagos airport drug syndicate was behind the recent smuggling of 1, 584,000 Tramadol tablets in a statement on Wednesday.
The drugs were confiscated by NDLEA agents in coordination with Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Customs service officials at the airport on Tuesday, March 15th, he added.
According to Babafemi, the seizure comprised 17 cartons of 250mg Tramadol labelled “Tamra” weighing 669.70kg and five cartons of 225mg Tramadol labelled “Royal” worth 217.15kg.
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“The psychotropic substance, which was imported into the country from Pakistan, was smuggled through the airport tarmac using one of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) vehicles and was intercepted at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Personnel Yard,” according to the statement.
“Initially, two suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure: Ofijeh John Mowa, a SAHCO driver, and Nyam Gazu Alex, a security guard with the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).”
“Further investigations by NDLEA operatives led to the arrest of five other suspects, including the ringleader, Yunana Fidelis, who fled Lagos to Kaduna the moment their lid was blown open.” Adesanwo Temitope, Owoseni Taiwo Temidayo, Fasoranti Shola, and Bamigbade Jonathan are among the others.
“Yunana Fidelis, a NACHO employee, escaped and went to Kaduna after placing N19, 800,000.00 in cash with a BDC operator to be paid later into his bank account.
“After being pursued for days in Kaduna, Fidelis relocated to Abuja on Friday, March 25th, where he was apprehended by NDLEA operatives at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27th, while attempting to collect One Million Naira (N1, 000, 000.00) cash from an undercover agent posing as a BDC operator.” The Agency had placed a post no debit order on Fidelis’ identified bank accounts in addition to retrieving the cash he had deposited with the BDC operator in Lagos.”
Reuben Bekweri, 34, a professional methamphetamine (Mkpuru Mmiri) cook, was also arrested in Owerri, Imo State, according to Babafemi.
On Saturday, March 26th, Bekweri was apprehended while attempting to distribute a kilogramme of the illegal substance he cooked and packaged in seven nylon sachets in the Irete area of Imo state capital, according to him.
He further stated that narcotic agents in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, detained a 42-year-old lawyer, Mr. Mayowa Oluwanisomo, in Zone 4, Embassy Island, Moferere area of the state capital on Monday, March 28th, based on solid intelligence that he deals in psychotropic substances.
“When his home was searched, a total of 11, 570 Tramadol tablets weighing 7.3 kilogrammes were discovered.” He admitted to owning the drug exhibits and said he graduated from Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, and the Nigerian Law School’s Abuja campus in 2016.
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