June 15, 2024

June 15, 2024

Fleeing ‘Drug Dealer’ Evades Arrest, Crushes NDLEA Operative In Lagos

A suspect described as a notorious drug dealer based in the Lekki area of Lagos State is on the run after “crushing” an operative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with his luxury car, the agency has said.

The NDLEA has since launched a manhunt for the suspect whose home was undergoing a search last weekend, a statement by the agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed on Wednesday.

“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 said.

“Although he was not in the house when operatives got into his compound, he however returned while a search of his apartment was ongoing.”

Babafemi explained that the suspect, upon sighting NDLEA officers, put his car in reverse and knocked down one of the officers, pulling down his gate in the process before plunging the vehicle into the fence of the opposite compound.

The force of his car’s speed reportedly pulled down the concrete wall of his neighbour’s compound then dove 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,” he said.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (retd) is said to have directed the deployment of appropriate operational assets of the agency to smoke out the wanted suspect from his hiding.

He also approved adequate medical care for the injured officer so that he can get back on his feet as soon as possible.

See the full statement below:

NDLEA launches manhunt for Lekki drug dealer who crushed operative to escape arrest

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has launched a manhunt for a Lekki Lagos-based notorious drug dealer, Sowunmi Ayodeji Kayode, who is now on the run after driving his luxury car to crush an NDLEA officer in his bid to escape arrest when operatives were on a search of his house last weekend.

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. 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 neighbour’s 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.

Following the unpleasant development, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the deployment of appropriate operational assets of the Agency to smoke out the wanted suspect from his hiding. He also approved adequate medical care for the injured officer so that he can get back on his feet as soon as possible.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media and Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters Abuja
Wednesday 23rd August 2023

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