Two church officials and a female staff of a courier company and a lady have been nabbed during a raid on skucchies factory in Ogun State by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The suspects were among four members drug syndicate involved in trafficking lethal opioid, fentanyl in Delta State, Mr Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday.
The suspects, according to him, were arrested at Ogbogwu market, Onitsha Head Bridge, Onitsha South LGA, Anambra State following months of intelligence-led investigation of the syndicates behind the dangerous drug.
Babafeni said lethal opioid is 100 times more potent than heroin and currently responsible for over 70% overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the United States.
He alleged that two officials of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministries (aka Mercy City Church), Warri, Delta State: Adewale Abayomi Ayeni, 39, and Ebipakebina Appeal, 41, linked to two intercepted consignments of the illicit drug have been arrested in Warri.
Ayeni, according to the agency, is one of those managing the prayer call centre of the church, Ebipakebina is in charge of movement of international guests from the airport to the church.
The anti-narcotic agency revealed that two female accomplices also arrested in Warri in the course of investigating the intercepted shipments include 28-year-old Naomi David, who is a staff of United Parcel Services (UPS), and 27-year-old Stacy Njideka, also known as Nkiruka, who is a business associate of Ayeni.
The NDLEA also recorded a major breakthrough in its fight against drug trafficking in Adamawa, Osun and Lagos State where it seized 4,560 kilograms of skunk and accordingly recovered exhibits from arrested drug suspects.