In the Ikorodu area of Lagos state, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) confiscated 1.8 tonnes of cocaine valued at “N194 billion”.
The drugs were seized from a warehouse, according to a statement released on Monday by NDLEA communications director Femi Babafemi, who also claimed that the interception marked the largest single cocaine seizure in the agency’s history.
According to the NDLEA spokesperson, five people were arrested, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager.
“Kingpins of the cocaine cartel in custody 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,” the statement by Babafemi read in part
“They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the agency has been trailing since 2018. Located at 6 Olukuola crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu, the warehouse 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,” it added.
He further revealed that the class A drugs were being warehoused in the residential estate, from where the cartel was attempting to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
“They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.”