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Shock As NDLEA Arrests Normal Overseer Of Nigerian Church With Medicine At Lagos Airport

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The cleric was arrested whereas on his option to a three-week campaign in Nairobi, Kenya, with 54 sticks of medication wrapped round his physique.

The Normal Overseer of Christ Dwelling Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, has been arrested by the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company.

He was arrested on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport for drug peddling

The cleric was arrested whereas on his option to a three-week campaign in Nairobi, Kenya, with 54 sticks of medication wrapped round his physique.

The favored preacher who has his church headquarters in Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu highway, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra state and two different branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday seventh March, in the course of the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airways flight to Nairobi through Addis Ababa.

In an announcement by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, titled, ‘Church Normal Overseer arrested with medication at Lagos airport’, the NDLEA mentioned when the medication had been examined, the 54 sticks proved constructive to hashish.

In response to the assertion, the clergyman confessed throughout a preliminary interview that he packed that amount of illicit substance on his physique to make use of throughout his three weeks campaign in Kenya.

The assertion learn, “On the identical day, one other passenger, Nnakeanyi Chukwuka King who arrived the airport on Ethiopian Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil through Addis Ababa was intercepted in the course of the inward clearance of passengers on the E-Arrival Corridor of the MMIA. Throughout a search of his baggage, forty (40) parcels of Cocaine hid inside bottles of physique cream with a gross weight of 9.70kg had been recovered from the suspect.

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“Three days later, Wednesday ninth March, one other passenger on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy, Mr. Edo Blessing was intercepted on the Departure Corridor of the airport with 2, 090 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and Flunitrazepam. The suspect who hails from Edo state however lives in Italy claimed possession of the recovered psychotropic substances.

“Additionally on the identical day, operatives arrested a freight agent, Rafiu Abbas on the NAHCO Export Shed of the airport when he introduced a cargo containing 19.15kg hashish going to London. The illicit substance was hid inside plastic containers labelled as “African Dishes” and packed in a bag.

“In a associated growth, a 63-year-old Vincent Obimma was on Friday eleventh March arrested with 350grams of cocaine and 150grams of heroin by NDLEA operatives at a park within the Apapa seaport hall in Lagos. The medication had been hidden in industrial torch packets heading to Kano, Kano state.

“In the meantime, a drug supplier in Kaduna state, James Okenwa has been arrested in a comply with up operation at Central Market, Kaduna. He admitted the possession of 1,807 bottles of cough syrup with codeine that had been earlier recovered from two suspects at tollgate. On the level of his arrest, one other 152 bottles of the drug had been recovered from his car. He has accepted possession of all of the 1,959 bottles of the codeine syrup.

“In Yobe state, two faux safety brokers: Akalonu Justin and Azimbi Festus who had been coming from Onitsha and heading to Maiduguri, Borno state have been arrested with 25 blocks of Hashish Sativa weighing 12 .5kg and 1, 598 bottles of Codeine Syrup weighing 159.8 Liters, whereas 85kg of hashish was additionally recovered from the warehouse of a infamous drug supplier in Pawari space of Damaturu, the state capital on Thursday tenth March.

“In Anambra state, a complete of 38,605 tablets of varied opioids had been recovered from a 29-year-old drug supplier, Awoke Friday at Nkwelle junction, Onitsha on Friday eleventh March with the assist of males of the Nigeria Police.

“Whereas commending the officers and males of the MMIA, Apapa Port, Kaduna, Yobe and Anambra Instructions of the Company for the spectacular seizures and arrests prior to now week, Chairman/ Chief Government of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them and their colleagues throughout the nation to remain focussed and intensify efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit medication and substances.”

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