By Linda Ike
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested the founder and General Overseer of Seraphic and Sabbath Assembly, Lagos. High Priest Nnodu Azuka Kenrick; a student of Emmanuel College of Theology, Samanta, Ibadan, Udezuka Udoka and their freight agent, Oyoyo Mary Obasi in Lagos.
NDLEA said that they were arrested over attempt to export methamphetamine and skunk consignments concealed in kegs of palm oil through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos to Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
A statement issued by the Director, Media & Advocacy of the Agency, on Sunday February,12, 2023 stated that
“High Priest Nnodu was arrested on Saturday 11th February 2023 at his Seraphic and Sabbath Assembly church located at No 1, Sabbath Close, Ijesha area of Lagos following the arrest of two suspects: Oyoyo Mary Obasi and the theology student, Udezuka Udoka on Thursday 9th February at the Lagos airport in connection with the seizure of 283 parcels of skunk weighing 14.90 kilograms and 204 grams of methamphetamine concealed in four 25-litre kegs of palm oil for export to Dubai.
“In her statement Mary indicted the General Overseer of her new-found church, Nnodu and his son, Chisom Obi, who is now at large as the persons that gave her the consignments for export after being compelled to take an oath of secrecy as well as a sacrifice of chicken in the church while High Priest Nnodu prayed for her for the success of the transaction.
“Spilling the beans on how she was recruited by her churchs GO, Mary said the clergyman and his son used threats to compel her to take the job after they knew she had known their secrets, adding that High Priest Nnodu was always referring to the illicit drugs as Ice and Bible, (Street names for Methamphetamine and Cannabis) in their telephone text message chats.
“The theology student, Udezuka was introduced to Mary to assist her because she was new in the illicit business.
“Udezuka said he was paid N2million for his role and had to do it because he needed the money for his education”.
NDLEA also intercepted 1,430kgs cannabis in LNG truck, recovered 13 motorcycles in Cross River State and seized 1.10kgs crystal meth in carton walls going to London.
Reacting to the arrests and seizures of the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa commended the officers in those states for their commitment and professionalism towards ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drugs.
He urged all NDLEA officers across the country to remain unrelenting in the pursuit of the corporate goal.