NDLEA Arrests Cherubim & Seraphim Pastor for Attempting to Export N609 Million Worth of Narcotics

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Monday that it had apprehended a pastor in Lagos attempting to export 174 kg of narcotics worth N609 million to South Africa.In a statement by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Ofoyeju
Mitchell, the NDLEA said the suspect was arrested following
the interception of the drug at the Murtala Mohammed
International Airport (MMIA) during pre-shipment
examination.
It said that preliminary investigation indicated that the 60-
year-old accused man was suspected to be a member of a
drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South
Africa.
It also stated that the pastor was a member of the Eternal
Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church at
Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos.
According to the statement, the accused had international
passports bearing his photographs with the names Michael
Raji and Kadigun Fatah Ola respectively.
It was discovered that the church premises where he was
ministering, also served as a warehouse for narcotics.
The seized drugs, concealed inside large bags of foodstuff,
were found to contain 91kg of Methamphetamine and 83kg
of Ephedrine with an estimated street value of N609 million.
The statement also quoted Hamza Umar, the Commander,
NDLEA, Lagos Airport, as saying that a Mercedes Benz Jeep
was also impounded during the operation.
“I can tell you that this suspect is a smooth operator but we
have uncovered his bag of tricks.
The drugs were brought to the airport for export to South
Africa.
Investigation eventually traced the movement of the drugs
to his church premises where he was arrested,” Hamza
stated.
According to the statement, the suspect said that he
collected the drugs from a friend.
“I received the drugs from my friend and I kept them in the
church since October 2014.
I am the resident pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim Agodo-
Egbe, Ikotun branch, Lagos. I attended Ansarudeen Primary
and Secondary School, Ibadan.
I later attended Yaba College of Technology, where I had
my Trade Test in Electrical Installation.
I was ordained a full time pastor in 1977. This is a great
temptation for me and I pray to God to overcome it,” he
said.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Alhaji
Ahmadu Giade, was quoted as saying that the game was up
for the suspect.
“The game is up for the suspect and we have strong
evidence for prosecution.
This is one of the largest seizures of psychotropic
substances at the airport.
We are working very hard to apprehend other accomplices
and bring them to book,” Giade stated.
The NDLEA boss called on members of the public to
continue to support the NDLEA by volunteering useful
information on drug trafficking syndicates.

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