General Overseer arrested on way to Kenya Crusade with drugs wrapped around body
There were other cases of drug trafficking and arrest according to the agency.
The General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, Rev. Ugochukwu Ekwem, was detained at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State, by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency agents.
The suspect was detained on his way to a three-week crusade in Nairobi, Kenya, with 54 sticks of drugs wrapped around his body, according to the NDLEA's spokesperson, Femi Babafemi.
He said, “The youthful and popular preacher, who has his church headquarters in Isu Aniocha, Mgbakwu Road, Awka, Awka North LGA, Anambra State, and two other branches in Lagos and Abuja, was arrested on Monday, March 7, during the outward clearance of passengers on an Ethiopian airline flight to Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
“When tested, the 54 sticks proved positive for cannabis. The cleric confessed during a preliminary interview that he packed that quantity of illicit substance on his body to use during his three-week crusade in Kenya.”
Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd.), Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, has encouraged the agency's personnel to remain focused and strengthen efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit narcotics and substances.
on March 9, another passenger on an Ethiopian airline flight to Italy, Edo Blessing, was intercepted at the Departure Hall of the airport with 2,090 tablets of tramadol 225mg and flunitrazepam.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.