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NDLEA nabs wanted socialite, woman linked to Pakistani cocaine syndicate

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested fleeing Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed), ten days after he was declared wanted for offences bordering on exportation and trafficking of illicit drugs as well as money laundering.

Kazeem was declared wanted on November 1, following his failure to honour NDLEA’s invitations and an order granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and other destinations outside Nigeria.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said the search for him however paid off on Thursday, November 10, when he was successfully taken into custody, where he is currently being interviewed.

According to Babafemi, Kazeem’s lid was blown open after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver on June 27, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, when he named Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, alias Adekaz as the owner of the 900 grammes of cocaine he ingested. 

Following Adekaz’s failure to honour invitations sent to him, the Agency approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal his identified properties in choice areas of Lagos island and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of N217 million, all of which were granted.

In a related development, NDLEA’s operatives have arrested a businesswoman, Okefun Darlington Chisom over her links with two Pakistanis: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, arrested at the Lagos airport with eight kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in a sound system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha on Saturday, November 5.

An automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark), was arrested on Monday, October 31, in Enugu where he fled, after abandoning his business at Aspanda, Trade Fair Complex Lagos on April 16, in connection with the seizure of 600 grams of heroin concealed inside soles of lady’s footwears going to Liberia, has been linked to another drug seizure.

A further look at the Agency’s database revealed that Omeje was also involved in a case of 1.580kg Methamphetamine that was seized from one Victor Nwobodo Friday, who was arrested at the MMIA during his aborted trip to Jakarta, Indonesia on February 6, 2018. Charges have been filed against the suspect at the Federal High Court Lagos in respect of the old seizure in addition to the recent one.

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