Drug Baron Convicted

Drug Baron Convicted

NDLEA Intercepts 2.2kg Cocaine Hidden in Condoms in Owerri

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently stopped a shipment of cocaine in Owerri. The drugs, weighing 2.2kg, were cleverly hidden inside condoms. The package was on its way to Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The authorities arrested a suspect named Isaac Okoh, who is believed to be connected to the operation.

Nabs 75-Year-Old Grandma for Drugs in Lagos

In another operation, the NDLEA arrested a 75-year-old grandma named Mrs. Sekinat Soremekun in Lagos. She was caught dealing in illicit drugs in the Oshodi area. The authorities found quantities of cannabis and liters of codeine syrup in her possession. Mrs. Soremekun claimed that her son, who is currently on the run, supplied her with the drugs to sell.

 

Recovers South Africa-Bound 1.5m Opioid Pills

The NDLEA also successfully intercepted a shipment of 1.5 million opioid pills at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The pills were bound for South Africa. This operation led to the arrest of several individuals involved in drug-related offenses across different states in Nigeria, including Abuja, Edo, Nasarawa, Ogun, Zamfara, Cross River, and Borno.

Forfeiture of Clandestine Laboratory in VGC

The NDLEA recently announced the forfeiture of a multi-million-naira mansion in Victoria Garden City (VGC) estate, Lekki, Lagos. The mansion, located at K-5A/2 Road 14, was being used as a secret laboratory for producing methamphetamine by a convicted drug baron named Okenwa Chris Nzewi. After his conviction in court for drug offenses, the government seized his property.

Arrest, Prosecution, and Sentencing

Okenwa and his associate, Sunny Okeh Ukah, were arrested on July 30, 2022. They were charged with four counts at the Federal High Court in Lagos. On July 17, 2023, both individuals pleaded guilty and were convicted. Okenwa received a four-year prison sentence with a fine option of four million naira, while Ukah received a three-year sentence with a three million naira fine. Additionally, Okenwa’s vehicle, with the license plate EKY 496 DJ, was forfeited to the Federal Government.

Civil Forfeiture of Clandestine Laboratory

To ensure that Okenwa doesn’t benefit from his criminal activities, the NDLEA filed a civil forfeiture charge against the building at the Federal High Court in Lagos. The court initially granted an interim forfeiture order, which expired on December 6. Finally, on December 7, 2023, the court ordered the permanent forfeiture of the property.

NDLEA Destroys 15.7 Tonnes of Drugs

WADA Advocacy Campaign Continues

The War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign is ongoing in schools, markets, worship places, and other locations across Nigeria. The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), praised the efforts of the officers and urged them to intensify their actions against drug cartels, especially as the yuletide season approaches. The Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services was also commended for their diligent prosecution of drug-related cases in court.

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