Arrested General Overseer Plans To Use 54 Marijuana Wraps During Kenya Crusade

The National Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Reverend Ugochukwu Emmanuel Ekwem, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport with hard drugs.

The preacher was arrested on his way to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for a three-week crusade.

NDLEA spokesman Mr. Femi Babafemi, who made the announcement in a statement on Sunday, said the preacher was caught with 54 sticks of drugs wrapped around his body.

The agency said when the drugs were tested, all 54 sticks tested positive for cannabis.

The popular preacher whose church headquarters is at Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu Road, Awka at Awka North LGA, Anambra State, and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday, March 7, while clearing passengers Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi.

According to the NDLEA, the cleric confessed in an introductory interview that he intended to use the illicit substance during his three-week crusade in Kenya.

The statement read: “On the same day, another passenger, Nnakeanyi Chukwuka King, who arrived at the airport on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, was intercepted during passenger clearance. in the electronic arrival hall of the MMIA. During a search of his luggage, forty (40) parcels of cocaine hidden inside bottles of body cream with a gross weight of 9.70 kg were recovered from the suspect.

“Three days later, Wednesday March 9, another passenger on the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Italy, Mr. Edo Blessing was intercepted in the departures hall of the airport with 2,090 tablets of tramadol 225mg and flunitrazepam. The suspect from Edo State but residing in Italy claimed ownership of the recovered mind-altering substances.

“Also on the same day, officers arrested a cargo agent, Rafiu Abbas, at the airport’s NAHCO export hangar when he presented a shipment containing 19.15 kg of cannabis bound for London. The illicit substance was concealed in plastic containers labeled “African dishes” and wrapped in a bag.

“In a related development, Vincent Obimma, 63, was arrested on Friday March 11 with 350 grams of cocaine and 150 grams of heroin by NDLEA officers at a park in the Apapa Seaport Corridor in Lagos. The drugs were hidden in bundles of industrial torches heading towards Kano, Kano State.

“Meanwhile, a drug trafficker in Kaduna State, James Okenwa, was arrested during a follow-up operation at Kaduna Central Market. He admitted to owning 1,807 bottles of cough syrup with codeine that had been recovered earlier from two suspects at the toll. At the time of his arrest, another 152 bottles of drugs were recovered from his vehicle. He accepted ownership of all 1,959 bottles of codeine syrup.

“In Yobe State, two bogus security guards: Akalonu Justin and Azimbi Festus who came from Onitsha heading towards Maiduguri, Borno State were arrested with 25 Cannabis Sativa pads weighing 12.5 kg and 1,598 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 159.8. Liters, while 85 kg of cannabis were also recovered from the warehouse of a notorious drug trafficker in the Pawari district of Damaturu, the state capital, on Thursday, March 10.

“In Anambra State, a total of 38,605 assorted opioid tablets were recovered from a 29-year-old drug dealer, Awoke Friday at Nkwelle Junction, Onitsha on Friday 11 March with the support of Nigerian police men.

“While commending the officers and men of MMIA, Apapa Port, Kaduna, Yobe and Agency Commands for the impressive seizures and arrests of the past week, the President/CEO of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Ret’d) instructed them and their colleagues across the country to stay focused and intensify efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs and substances.

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