75-year-old grandma involved in illicit drug deal with son arrested

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 75-year-old grandma, Mrs. Sekinat Soremekun, allegedly involved in illicit drug deal with his son, Segun (now at large).

A statement by NDLEA spokesman said Mrs. Sekinat Soremekun was arrested on Wednesday December 15, 2023 at Oshodi in Lagos State.

The suspect who told NDLEA that her son supplied her the illicit substances which she retailed, was caught with quantities of cannabis and litres of codeine syrup.

In the meantime, the anti-narcotic agency has recovered multi-million-naira mansion at K-5A/2 Road 14, Victoria Garden City (VGC) estate, Lekki area of Lagos State.

The property allegedly used as clandestine laboratory for the production of methamphetamine by a convicted drug baron, Okenwa Chris Nzewi, was forfeited to the Nigeria government following his successful prosecution and conviction in court by the NDLEA.

The statement explained that Okenwa was arrested along with his associate, Sunny Okeh Ukah on 30th July 2022 and subsequently arraigned on four counts in charge number FHC/L/527C/2022 at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

The convicts both pleaded guilty on 17th July, 2023, while they were convicted and sentenced to four and three years imprisonment each with an option of fine of four million (N4,000,000) Naira and three million (N3,000,000) Naira respectively in addition to Community service for four and three weeks each. His vehicle marked EKY 496 DJ was equally forfeited to the Federal government.

To further deny him of enjoying the proceeds of his criminal activity, the NDLEA filed a Civil forfeiture charge against the property at the Federal High Court in Lagos State, which initially granted an interim forfeiture order that elapsed on 6th December before the final forfeiture on 7th December 2023.

Elsewhere in Imo, anti-narcotic agents have intercepted a way-billed consignment on Thursday 14th December 2023.

The consignment containing cocaine weighing 2.287kg, was seized by NDLEA operatives while patrolling Owerri-Onitsha Expressway.

The shipment from Lagos was concealed in cellophane condoms, and heading to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, according to NDLEA.

A 45-year-old suspect, Isaac Okoh, has been arrested in connection with the crime, while about 10 jumbo bags of cannabis weighing 100kg were recovered by NDLEA.

The substances were seized from the ceiling of a dealer, Ibrahim Yahaya, 35, when his house was raided in the Tudun Kofa area of Lafia, Nasarawa State on Friday 15th December 2023, while he was also caught.

The illicit drugs were concealed in a cargo going to South Africa by NDLEA operatives in collaboration with personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), while two suspects: Bada Olanrewaju Akorede, and Amusan Olufela Sharafadeen were taken into custody in connection with the crime by NDLEA which recovered illicit drugs in the operation.

The statement further said operatives also intercepted large quantities of illicit drugs across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Edo, Cross River, Zamfara, Borno and Ogun States and arrested some suspects last week during raids of criminal hideouts.

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