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NDLEA declares Lagos socialite ‘Abdallah Kazeem’ wanted

Lagos socialite, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed).

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has declared wanted a Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem (a.k.a Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem Muhammed” over offences bordering on exportation and trafficking in illicit drugs and money laundering.

According to a statement by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the decision to declare Alhaji Abdallah Kazeem wanted followed the suspect’s failure to honour the Agency’s invitations as well as an order granted it by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, October 17, 2022.

The wanted drug kingpin was uncovered as the sponsor of some traffickers arrested by the anti-narcotics agency in their recent attempt to export cocaine to Dubai and other destinations outside Nigeria, Mr Babafemi said.

“Soon after the arrest of one of his mules, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, a Lagos BRT driver on 27th June at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, who is also the Chairman of Adekaz Global Integrated Services, went underground,” he recounted.

He said following the suspect’s failure to honour invitations sent to him, the NDLEA approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal his identified properties in Lagos and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of N217 million, all of which were granted.

Consequently, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, sealed six of the identified properties located on Lagos Island.

They include: 105 Tokunbo street off Broad street, Lagos Island; 1 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 3 Abibu Oki street off Marina, Lagos Island; 54 Palm Church street, Lagos Island; 26 Agarawu street, Lagos Island; and 41 Forsythe street, Lagos Island and at 1 Irepodun zone, Adepoju bus stop, Ajoda Ayedun, Ibadan, Oyo state.

Recent arrest

Mr Babafemi also hinted that the Agency, on Friday, October 28, arrested another drug baron, Udemezue Obunike William at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on his return from Brazil.

His arrest, with the support of the Nigeria Immigration Service, followed the earlier arrest of some drug couriers linked to Udemezue as their sponsor.

They include two mules, namely Adolphus Anayochukwu Okeke and Anayo Michael Nnanna.

Anayochukwu, a 52-year-old father of four, who claimed to be a businessman, was arrested at the Abuja airport by NDLEA operatives with 20.75 kilograms of black liquid cocaine on Tuesday, March 15 upon his arrival onboard a Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, through Doha, Qatar, to Abuja.

The liquid was discovered upon search of his luggage stuffed with six smaller bags containing 32-makeup mascara, which tested positive for cocaine.

Similarly, a Brazil returnee, Nnanna Anayo Michael, 39, was arrested at the Port Harcourt International Airport during the inward screening of passengers on board Qatar Airline flight QR1433 from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Doha to Port Harcourt on Tuesday, March 29.

Nnanna was arrested with 73 sachets weighing 8.15 kilograms of cocaine, which is the largest seizure of such at the airport since it began international flight operations years ago.

‘Further investigations’

“Further investigations of the two traffickers revealed Udemezue Obunike William as the drug baron behind the cocaine cartel,” the NDLEA spokesman again recounted.

“As a result, he was watch-listed and arrested upon his return from Brazil on Friday 28th October.”

Writing by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor