BY USMAN MOHAMMED, NOVEMBER 13, 2022 | 06:35 PM
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested fleeing Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Ademola Kazeem, over offences bordering on exportation, trafficking of illicit drugs and money laundering.
The NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Babafemi said that the arrest of the suspect, also known as Abdallah Kazeem, was made 10 days after he was declared wanted by the agency.
He said that the agency on Tuesday, Nov. 1, declared the suspect wanted following his failure to honour NDLEA invitations and an order granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Mr Babafemi also said that the wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and other destinations outside Nigeria.
He added that the search for him, however, paid off on Thursday, November 10, when he was successfully taken into custody where he is currently being interviewed.
According to Mr Babafemi, his lid was blown open after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver, on June 27 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja.
“Babalola named Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, alias Adekaz, as the owner of the 900grams of cocaine he ingested.
“Following Adekaz’s failure to honour invitations sent to him, the agency approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers,” Mr Babafemi said.
This includes to “attach and seal his identified properties in choice areas of Lagos island and Ibadan.
“Also to declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira (N217,000,000.00), all of which were granted,” he said.
In a related development, NDLEA operatives also arrested a businesswoman, Chisom Okefun, over her links with two Pakistanis: Asif Muhammed, 45, and Hussain Naveed, 57.
Mr Babafemi said that the suspects were arrested at the Lagos airport with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a sound system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahore, Pakistan, via Doha on Saturday November 5.
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31 October 2023