Nigerian politician arrested for drug trafficking in Lagos

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Asekun Kehinde Sakiru who is said to be a former Local government chairman, for drug trafficking.

From what we sighted on Instablog9ja, Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesperson, said Sakiru 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”.

Sakiru, a former vice-chairman of Lagos Island east local council development area (LCDA), was said to have been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, at about 9:40 pm on May 7.

He was reportedly trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom. “At the point of his arrest, Asekun was caught with a kilogram of cocaine concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.

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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.

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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.”

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