Wanted kingpin arrested over London-bound shipment of 4 tons of drugs

Obiorah Samuel, one of the suspects 

Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a drug kingpin wanted for attempts to ship illicit drug consignments to the United Kingdom.

The suspect, Obiorah Samuel was arrested through interdiction operations that led to the seizure of four tons of illicit substances in the past week.

NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said:

A drug kingpin wanted for attempts to ship illicit drug consignments to the United Kingdom tops the list of arrests made by operatives of NDLEA through interdiction operations that led to the seizure of four tons of illicit substances in the past week.

Fajulugbe Temitayo and Nnaorji Solomon some of the suspects

Obiorah Samuel has been on the wanted list of the agency since September 15, 2023, when a consignment of 1.500kg skunk concealed in flour going to London, UK was intercepted at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos, and his freight agent, Nworah Precious arrested.

Convinced that the 1.500kg consignment had sailed through, Obiorah walked into the agency’s dragnet on September 28, when he personally brought another tranche of 2.00kg concealed in cartons to the airport for shipment to the UK.

In his interview, Obiorah claimed he was into shoes sales in Lagos before venturing into the illicit drug business.

Ifeanyi Odoh, one of the suspects

Meanwhile, operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Command of the agency on September 29, intercepted a container truck with registration number BD G41 XM coming from Lagos to Kano at the Gwagwalada area of the FCT.

No less than 1,188 kilograms of skunk loaded at Owo, Ondo state and hidden under cartons of tooth paste were recovered from the truck and its driver, Amafan Fattison, 28, arrested.

Amafan Fattison, one of the suspects

In the same vein, NDLEA officers in Bayelsa state on September 27, seized 432kgs of the same substance from an abandoned J5 bus along Saipem road, Opolo, Yenagoa.

The vehicle was equally recovered from the scene for further investigation.

In Kano, a septuagenarian grandpa, Ado Mai Unguwa, 70, was arrested on September 30, with 143.2kgs skunk in Dindere village, Tofa LGA, while operatives in Enugu same day recovered 110.6kgs of same substance from a locked-up shop at Aria new market.

Ado Mai Unguwa, one of the suspects

Operatives in Lagos also on September 30, stormed the notorious Idi-Oro drug enclave in Mushin where they seized 212.5kgs of cannabis sativa belonging to a wanted drug lord.

This is even as NDLEA officers in Kwara state recovered 104kgs of skunk from a Toyota camry car in Offa area of the state, while a Chadian, Mohammed Ibrahim, 25, was nabbed at Mafa check point, Borno state with 11.8kgs of same substance on September 25.

Mohammed Ibrahim, one of the suspects

In Plateau, the state police command in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration transferred four suspects: Yusuf Akim; Frank Gah; Jackson Ejeh and Joseph Utsu, and 1,978kgs cannabis recovered from them to the state command of NDLEA, while in Cross River, operatives on September 25, seized 40,000 ampules of pentazocine injection from two suspects: Fajulugbe Adeshola Temitayo, 35, and Nnaorji Agwe Solomon, 54, at Mobil by MCC road, Calabar.

Also in Kogi state, NDLEA officers on September 27, arrested a suspect, Ifeanyi Odoh, 25, with 59,867 pills of opioids including Tramadol and 4.03kgs cannabis sativa at Idah area of the state,” the statement added.

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