Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, have busted a major warehouse in a secluded estate in the Ikorodu area of Lagos where 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug worth over $278, 250,000, equivalent to about N194, 775,000,000 in street value were seized.
Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s spokesperson, in his statement on Monday, described the raid as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of Nigeria’s premier anti-narcotic agency.
Babafemi revealed that at least four drug barons including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager have been arrested in the well-coordinated and intelligence-led operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos State.
He said the kingpins of the cocaine cartel that were arrested include, 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.
“They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the Agency has been trailing since 2018,” Babafemi said.
“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,” he added.