No Escape Route: Drama as NDLEA Operatives Storm Church to Arrest Wanted Drug Dealer

No Escape Route: Drama as NDLEA Operatives Storm Church to Arrest Wanted Drug Dealer

  • The fight against drug peddling is intense in Nigeria as the NDLEA operatives continue to arrest suspects almost every week
  • One of the latest drug barons arrested by NDLEA operatives is a man named Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu
  • Ikeanyionwu who had earlier been declared wanted was traced to a church in Lagos where he was eventually arrested

Lagos, Nigeria - The Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a major drug dealer at a church in the Ojodu area of Lagos state.

Daily Trust reported that the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said the drug baron had been declared wanted for attempting to export 69.65kg of cocaine, heroin and cannabis to the United Kingdom.

NDLEA Operatives Storm Lagos Church to Arrest Wanted Drug Dealer
An NDLEA official walks past rooms searched for evidence at a clandestine methamphetamine lab busted in Obinugwu village in the southeast, on November 22, 2018. Photo credit: STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP
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The NDLEA officers had traced the wanted drug dealer, Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu, on Sunday, August 15, to a popular pentecostal church at Mike Ajari street, Ojodu Berger, where they arrested him, The Nation reported.

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Babafemi explained that Ikeanyionwu's arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs on Thursday, August 12.

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He said the illegal baggage had been sent to the airport for export through a freight forwarding company which in turn gave a driver to deliver at the NAHCO export shed.

The driver was arrested after which investigations uncovered the true identity of the actual owner of the consignment.

NDLEA discovers hard drugs in palace of Nigerian monarch

In another related report, a stash of cocaine and heroin was recently uncovered in the palace of a traditional ruler in Anambra state, according to the NDLEA.

The agency stated that the illicit drugs were discovered by its Anambra state command.

According to the spokesperson of the NDLEA, 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin were the quantity recovered.

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NDLEA boss demands drugs test for Nigerian politicians, students

Meanwhile, the chairman and chief executive officer of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, has recommended integrity drug tests for students and politicians.

Marwa said the move was necessary to ensure that people aspiring for public offices are not involved in drugs.

He made the statement on Wednesday, March 17, at a meeting with the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in Marina.


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