Asekun Sakiru, a former Vice Chairman of the Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), has been arrested and detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for his involvement in drug trafficking and other illegal substances.
The former council boss, who is said to be a notorious drug baron, was arrested last Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, in Ikeja, Lagos, by narcotics agency operatives.
As previously stated, Asekun has been placed on the agency’s wanted list as a result of recent drug trafficking arrests and seizures linked to him.
The suspect was apprehended at about 9.40 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, while attempting to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom, at the Lagos airport, according to NDLEA Chairman Brig. General Buba Marwa (Retd).
Marwa said the suspect was on the MMIA Command’s wanted list in connection with a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December 2020, in a statement released on Wednesday by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi.
According to him, Asekun was arrested with a kilogramme of cocaine hidden in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase at the time of his arrest.
“The sum of N131 million was seized from his account during tracking him, and another N14 million was blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum recovered from him to N145 million,” he added.
“It was discovered during the preliminary investigation that the London-based baron is a seasoned politician. Between 2004 and 2014, he served as the vice-chairman of the Lagos Island East LCDA at various times. He also ran for the House of Representatives in 2007 and the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015 but lost both times. Although he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, an investigation is still underway to confirm that this is the source of his wealth, according to the statement.
The NDLEA boss praised the agency’s MMIA Command officers and men for their tenacity and dedication to duty, saying that with the support of all stakeholders, the challenges of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria would be greatly reduced.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade, whether as barons or traffickers, that if they do not back out, they will soon be caught in the dragnet of the Agency, which is daily being spread across the country,” he added.
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