*NDLEA: A Couple, Four Others Declared Wanted Over Illegality*


NDLEA: A Couple, Four Others Declared Wanted Over Illegality.

A Nigeria couple, Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade also known as Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun and Rashidat Ayinke Owoalade mostly referred to as Bolarinwa Rashidat Ayinke) have been declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over dealing with illegal substances.

The Director of Media and Advocacy for NDLEA, Femi Babafemi made this known in a statement released on Sunday.

According to the statement, the arrest of four members of the syndicate in Lagos where a Sports Utility Vehicle was recovered and two houses already traced to them sealed for forfeiture to the federal government.

Babafemi disclosed that two members of the syndicate: Imran Taofeek Olalekan and Ishola Isiaka Olalekan were arrested on 3rd April, 2024, following their bid to export 3.40kg cocaine on a Qatar Airlines flight going to Oman through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos.

Babafemi said, “while Imran was the courier conveying the drug consignment to Oman, Ishola recruited him for the head of the cartel, which investigation has now revealed to be Alhaji Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade whose Indian residence permit bears Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun based in India”.

He claimed, “efforts to dismantle his network in Nigeria paid off after five weeks of surveillance and follow-up operations when another member of the syndicate, Hamed Abimbola Saheed, who works directly with the baron was arrested on Tuesday 14th May at Abule Egba area of Lagos., adding that “it was indeed Saheed who lodged Imran in a hotel a day before his aborted trip to Oman and equally dropped him and Ishola at the Lagos airport the day they were arrested.”

“During a search of Hamed house, NDLEA operatives recovered some phenacetine, a cutting agent for Cocaine, weighing 900 grams. He confessed that the recovered substance was what was left of the consignment Imran was taking to Oman the day he was arrested”.

“His arrest led to a follow-up operation at the home of the Owoalade couple at 20 Eyiaro street, Ogudu Orioke, Lagos where another suspect was arrested and a new model Toyota RAV4 SUV marked FKJ-773 JJ belonging to Rashidat and additional 400 grams of Cocaine recovered in addition to already prepared suitcases to be used for illicit drug concealment, digital weighing scales and other paraphernalia,” Babafemi said”.

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