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NDLEA nabs wanted kingpin, disabled drug dealer, Saudi-bound trafficker with cocaine in sandals

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8 tons of skunkOperatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a wanted notorious kingpin, Wasiu Sanni Gbolahan, popularly known as Teacher, who recruits mules for the cartel.   

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The operatives also disrupted activities of a major cocaine syndicate in Lagos, following the arrest of a 56-year-old trafficker, Lawal Lateef Oyenuga, who was on a mission to deliver 400 grammes of the class A drug concealed in a pair of palm sandals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.     

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The swift follow-up by NDLEA operatives attached to the screening point of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday.

November 24, also saw the interception of Oyenuga with a pair of black palm sandals packed in the luggage he was going with to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia via Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airways flight.   

Spokesperson for the Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, yesterday, said a thorough examination of the sandals revealed that they were used to conceal two parcels of cocaine weighing 400 grammes.   

This came barely a week after a 56-year-old widow and mother of four, Mrs. Ajisegiri Kehinde Sidika, was arrested at the airport over her attempt to traffic 400 grammes of cocaine concealed in her footwear to Makkah, Saudi Arabia on board a Qatar Airways flight.     

In his statement, Oyenuga claimed to be recruited by Gbolahan, adding that he was first given some pellets of cocaine to swallow, but when he couldn’t do that, he was given the ones concealed in the palm sandals.   

He said he resorted to the criminal trade to raise money to pay an examination fee for his daughter, who is in Senior Secondary School class 3.   

According to Babafemi, the Agency’s database revealed that  Wasiu Sanni (Teacher) has been linked to some previous attempts to traffic cocaine to Saudi Arabia and Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).   

He was earlier named as the one who recruited a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) driver, Bolajoko Muyiwa Babalola for a Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.

k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed) to traffic drugs to Dubai. 

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