Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested Ikenna Okoli, who is the mastermind of recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs to London, United Kingdom, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State, and other courier companies.
According to statement by the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, that he was arrested on Tuesday November 2 with 78 parcels of cannabis concealed in black soap packs labelled Dudu Osun, with a total weight of 12.250kg, heading for the UK.
The agency said Okoli had been on bail following his arrest in November 2020 and subsequent arraignment before the Federal High Court in Lagos for attempting to export 15.700 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine to Australia.
“Further investigation also revealed that Okoli is the one behind the attempt to export 7.350kg of cannabis to the UK on Thursday, October 21, a consignment that was intercepted at the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA.
“He said a separate investigation by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation of the agency attached to courier companies equally traced two other attempts to export 47.7kg of cannabis to the UK through courier firms to Okoli after his agents arrested in the course of investigation named him as the owner of the consignments.”
Mr Babafemi also said the agency thwarted an attempt to export illicit drugs to London, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand.