AD Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a pastor, Rev. Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos on his way to a three-week crusade in Nairobi, Kenya with 54 sticks of Cannabis allegedly wrapped around his body.
Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the the General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, confessed during a preliminary interview that he packed the quantity of illicit substance on his body to use during the crusade in Kenya.
He said the youthful and popular preacher who has his church headquarters in Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu Road, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra state and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday March 7, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
According to him: “On the same day, another passenger, Nnakeanyi Chukwuka King who arrived the airport on Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa was intercepted during the inward clearance of passengers at the E-Arrival Hall of the MMIA. During a search of his luggage, forty (40) parcels of Cocaine concealed inside bottles of body cream with a gross weight of 9.70kg were recovered from the suspect.
“Three days later, Wednesday 9th March, another passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight to Italy, Mr. Edo Blessing was intercepted at the Departure Hall of the airport with 2, 090 tablets of Tramadol 225mg and Flunitrazepam. The suspect who hails from Edo state but lives in Italy claimed ownership of the recovered psychotropic substances.
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