Evangelist Caught With N1.4bn Worth Of Drugs In Lagos


Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA,
Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.)
said that the seizure has significant
influence on the campaign against narcotic
drugs and psychotropic substances. In his
words, “this is a product of careful
planning and meticulous tracking of
narcotic drugs movement.
The consignments were closely monitored
by our undercover agents and intercepted
at Apapa Seaport, Lagos following the
detection of narcotics by NDLEA sniffer
dogs during screening operation. This will
definitely have a positive influence on
Nigeria’s drug control efforts”.’
The drugs were hidden inside packs of
melon concealed in foodstuff and cosmetics
such as Gari (cassava flakes), noodles,
Knorr and Maggi food seasoning, yam
powder, Malt drinks, pepper, Milk, Herbal
Hair Cream and Golden Morn cereals.
Other items in the container are Damatol
Hair Cream, bags of Melon, Kegs of palm
oil, Beans, Biscuits, Sardine and Cartons of
Orijin bitters.
Officers successfully traced the illicit
consignment to a fifty-two year old man
who claimed to be an evangelist by name
John Vincent Arinze who was arrested in
his hotel room in Lagos. A Mercedes Benz
Jeep belonging to him was also impounded
at the time of arrest. The suspect hails
from Ara village, Nise in Awka South Local
Government Area of Anambra State. John
who had lived in South Africa for over a
decade accepted ownership of the illicit


The suspect in his statement said that he
made a big mistake by taking over the
business of his late wife. “I am an
evangelist living in Durban South Africa.
My late wife was into drug trafficking
before she died a few years ago. I made a
mistake venturing into her business. It is
all my fault,” he stated.

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