The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted a consignment of 26.15 kilogrammes of heroin with a street value of over N6.5billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the seizure was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.
According to him, the illicit drug arrived Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on June 30.
He said: “A follow up operation was subsequently carried out the following day, July 1 when narcotic officers at the MMIA command trailed the driver and a clearing agent that were assigned to deliver the consignment.
“Investigation revealed that they were to deliver the drugs to the house of a baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, at No. 132 Lateef Adegboyega Street, off Ago Palace Way by Grandmate Bus stop Okota, Lagos.
“During the follow up operation, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, who obviously mounted a counter-surveillance around his neighbourhood, fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence.
“They were however able to search his home and recovered a number of documents to establish his true identity.”
Babafemi said the NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), had directed that the fleeing drug baron be declared wanted immediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.
“The NDLEA chairman had therefore directed the agency’s Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations as well as the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast-track Onwurolu’s arrest,” the spokesman added.