NDLEA declares ‘drug baron’ wanted, intercepts heroine worth of N6.5bn at Lagos airport, declares ‘drug baron’ wanted


A ‘drug baron’ simply identified as Tony Chidi Onworolu has been intercepted with a consignment heroin worth N6.5bn by the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

The news of the interception was made public in a statement released on Sunday by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA director of media and advocacy, who said the intercepted substance weighs 26.150 kilogrammes.

According to Babafemi, the illicit drugs arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on June 30.

Upon arrival, the suspect was detained for screening after NDLEA operatives were suspicious of the content of the consignment.

Not satisfied, the NLEA director explained that a follow-up operation was carried out by the narcotic officers who trailed the driver and clearing agent assigned to deliver the consignment. Upon follow up, it was discovered that the substance was delivered to an alleged drug baron identified as Tony Chidi Onwurolu at No. 132 Lateef Adegboyega Street, off Ago palace in Okota, Lagos.

Suspecting that the lid has been blown open, the suspect fled his home before the arrival of the security operatives.

The operatives were however able to recover a number of documents to establish his true identity.

According to the statement, Mohammed Marwa, NDLEA executive chairman, had directed that the suspect be declared wanted and his details should be submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.

He said the agency’s directorate of assets and financial investigations and the directorate of intelligence have been directed to deploy their networks to fast-track the arrest of Onwurolu.


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