A suspected drug dealer identified as Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in an undisclosed popular church in Ojodu area of Lagos on Sunday.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday that Ikeanyionwu was wanted for attempting to export 69.65kilograms of cocaine, heroin and cannabis to the United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
According to the spokesman, the NDLEA operatives traced the wanted drug dealer on Sunday 15th August, 2021 to a popular pentecostal church at Mike Ajari street, Ojodu Berger where they arrested him after he stepped out of the service.
The statement reads: “His arrest followed the interception of a consignment of illicit drugs weighing 69.65kg going to the UK through the Lagos airport on Thursday, 12th August, 2021.
“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.
“Following the arrest of the driver, follow up operations and investigations later revealed the true identity of the actual owner of the consignment, Stephen Afam Ikeanyionwu, who was arrested three days later in a sting operation.”
Babafemi stated that NDLEA operatives also arrested an Italy-bound passenger, Abibu Miminu, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airways flight to Italy via Addis-Ababa for ingesting illicit drugs.
He said while under observation at the agency’s facility between Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August, 2021, the suspected trafficker excreted 68 wraps of heroin in three excretions, all weighing 800grams.