The two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada through the Tincan seaport in Apapa-Lagos have been arrested by the Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,NDLEA.
One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji was arrested at his house at 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing16.5kg.
The second arrested suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) , is linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels weighing 145kg cannabis indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada. He had been on the run since March 2022 and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10million to influence the case.
In another development, NDLEA operatives also arrested Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald, the suspect behind the export of 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.
Also, the Anti-Narcotic officers intercepted a consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri at a courier house in Owerri, Imo state.
The the illicit drugs were concealed in a cargo of seized ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes contained the drugs heading to Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson has been arrested at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.
Spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.
Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person.
He however claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.
Also intercepted was 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labelled Tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline.