Former Local Govt boss arrested for drug trafficking; Cocaine, N145 million recovered

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has nabbed ex-Lagos council boss, Asekun Kehinde Sikiru, and recovered one kilogramme of cocaine and about 145 million in the process.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that Asekun, a former Vice-Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, was nabbed by operatives of the NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on May 7, while the suspect was trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom.

According to a statement on Wednesday by the NDLEA Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Babalola, Askeun has been on the agency’s wanted list since December 2020 in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine.

Part of the statement by Femi reads, “At the point of his arrest, Asekun was caught with a kilogramme of cocaine concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.”

“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London-based baron is a seasoned politician.”

“He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for house of representatives in 2007 and Lagos state house of assembly in 2015.”

“Although he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.”

“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account, and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million.”

Meanwhile, NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, has commended the operatives of the agency for their success in arresting the drug baron.

The Chairman also emphasised that the arrest would serve as a warning to other drug barons and traffickers, stating that such criminals would be caught by the agency if they do not back out from their criminal activities.

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