The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug baron, Mr Chidi Olife who escaped arrest for unlawful importation of 5.250kg of heroin, concealed in books, from Pakistan to Nigeria since June 2010.
The arrest was carried out by the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Unit of the agency in Lagos.
A statement by the agency giving the details of Olife’s arrest indicated that following vital intelligence, a planned controlled delivery operation was coordinated and led by the Commander of the JTF, Adeniyi Olumuyiwa, a deputy commander of narcotics.
“The careful execution of the operation led to the arrest of Oladimeji Oladotun and Alhaji Danjuma Idris while processing the documents for clearing the consignment. Both were the clearing agents hired by Chidi Olife, the owner of the drug.
“Upon being arrested, Alhaji Idris Danjuma, one of the clearing agents was used to effect the arrest of Oke Ningo who Chidi contacted to receive the consignment from the agents on his behalf, unfortunately he escaped arrest at the point of receiving the drug as he suspected the person with the clearing agent to be an NDLEA officer.