The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized truckload of 26.15 kilograms of heroin with value of over N6.5 billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, thereby declaring the suspected drug baron behind it wanted.
This was contained in a statement by Femi Babafemi, the agency’s spokesperson, who on Sunday said its officials made the seizure at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.
According to him, the illicit drug arrived in Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on June 30 and was detained for screening following sound suspicion of the content of the consignment.
“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.
“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.
“During the follow-up operation, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, who obviously mounted counter-surveillance around his neighborhood, fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence.
“They were, however, able to search his home and recovered a number of documents to establish his true identity,” he said.
Babafemi added that the NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, had directed that the suspected drug baron who fled his home before the arrival of the agency’s operatives be declared wanted with immediate effect, with his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.