Brig. Gen Buba Marwa
A consignment of 26.15 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of over N6.5billion has been intercepted by The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
NAFDAC Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said that the seizure was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.
According to him, the illicit drug had arrived in Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on 30th June 2021, but was detained for screening following reasonable suspicion of the content of the consignment.
He said a follow up operation was subsequently carried out the following day, 1st July when narcotic officers of the MMIA command trailed the driver and a clearing agent that were assigned to deliver the consignment.
The Director stated that investigation revealed that they were to deliver to the house of a baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu at No. 132 Lateef Adegboyega Street, off Ago palace way by Grandmate bus stop Okota, Lagos.
According to him,during the follow-up operation, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, who obviously mounted a counter-surveillance around his neighbourhood, fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence.
He disclosed that they were however able to search his home and recover a number of documents to establish his true identity.
Babafemi said that the NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retired), had directed that the fleeing drug baron be declared wanted immediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.
He pointed out that Marwa had therefore ordered the agency’s Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations as well as the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast-track the arrest of Onwurolu.
Marwa said that in view of the volume of heroin brought into the country by the fleeing baron, the agency would deploy all available mechanisms, locally and internationally, to track him and bring him to face charges in the law court.
Babafemi said Marwa believed that if NAFDAC has tracked down those who have been on the run for 10 and five years and it is making them to face charges while cooling their heels behind bars,he is of the view that the latest one will not be an exception, because he can only run but can’t hide for too long before he ‘s arrested