Suspected dealer knocks down NDLEA officer ‘while evading arrest’
A suspected drug dealer identified as Sowunmi Ayodeji Kayode has been declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for crushing an operative of the agency while evading arrest in the Lekki area of Lagos.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, saying the suspect due to the 10.5kg of ‘loud’ weed found in his apartment, knocked down the agency’s operative during the house search on August 18, 2023.
Babafemi’s statement reads: “Anti-narcotics officers of the agency had on Friday 18th August stormed the residence of the wanted drug dealer located at 2/3 Adetola Ayeni close, Lekki, Lagos for a search and possible arrest following credible intelligence that he was dealing in illicit drugs in his house,” the statement reads.
“Although he was not in the house when operatives got into his compound, he however returned while a search of his apartment was ongoing.
“In a dramatic twist, as soon as he drove into the premises and sighted NDLEA officers, he engaged his car in reverse gear, knocked down one of the officers, pulled down his gate before plunging the vehicle into the fence of the opposite compound.
“The force of his car’s speed also pulled down the concrete wall of his neighbours compound and from there he dived out of the vehicle to escape.
“A thorough search of his apartment however led to the recovery of 10.5 kilograms of Loud, while the operative knocked down suffered multiple injuries all over his body and compound fracture on his two legs, for which he is currently on hospital admission for treatment.”
Babafemi said Buba Marwa, NDLEA chairman, has ordered the deployment of appropriate operational assets “to smoke out the wanted suspect from his hiding”.