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Drug baron behind UK-bound huge consignments arrested





Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a suspected drug dealer, Ikenna Okoli, who is believed to be responsible for the recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs to London, United Kingdom, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State, and other courier companies.


The agency said Okoli had been on bail following his arrest in November 2020 and subsequent arraignment before the Federal High Court in Lagos for attempting to export 15.700 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine to Australia.


A statement on Sunday by the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said a series of investigations into recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs to the UK led to the arrest of the drug dealer on Tuesday, November 2, when he was caught with 78 parcels of cannabis concealed in black soap packs labelled Dudu Osun, with a total weight of 12.250kg, heading for the UK.


“Further investigation also revealed that Okoli is the one behind the attempt to export 7.350kg of cannabis to the UK on Thursday, October 21, a consignment that was intercepted at the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA.


“Curiously, a separate investigation by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation of the agency attached to courier companies equally traced two other attempts to export 47.7kg of cannabis to the UK through courier firms to Okoli after his agents arrested in the course of investigation named him as the owner of the consignments,” Babafemi added.


The Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd.), commended the officers and men of the agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels across the country. Punchng

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