Admin l Tuesday, September 20, 2022
IKORODU, Lagos, Nigeria – Four people, including a Jamaican have been arrested in connection with a cocaine warehouse in a secluded estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
They are Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo state; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra state; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo state and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
The four, who are all members of an international drug syndicate since 2018 where arrested following discovery of 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug worth more $278, 250,000 or N194, 775,000,000 in their warehouse in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The warehouse located at 6 Olukuola crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu was raided on Sunday 18th September, 2022, while the barons were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday 19th September.
Preliminary investigation reveals the class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the cartel was trying to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.
While commending all the officers and men of the Agency involved in the extensive investigation including those of the American Drug Enforcement Administration, (US-DEA), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the bust is a historical blow to the drug cartels and a strong warning that they’ll all go down if they fail to realise that the game has changed.