Criminal Law

NDLEA arrests Lagos socialite, Ade Kazeem over drug trafficking

A Lagos socialite and big boy, Ademola Afolabi Kazeem, owner of the popular Adekaz Hotels has been arrested by the operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

On November 1, the agency declared him wanted after he reportedly failed to honour NDLEA’s invitations and a subsequent order from a Federal High Court in Lagos.

In a statement on Sunday, Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson of the agency, said Kazeem was arrested on November 10.

“Ten days after he was declared wanted, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested fleeing 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 of illicit drugs as well as money laundering,” the statement reads.

“The Agency had on Tuesday 1st November declared the suspect wanted following his failure to honour NDLEA invitations and an order granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

“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, UAE and other destinations outside Nigeria.

“The search for him however paid off on Thursday 10th Nov when he was successfully taken into custody where he is currently being interviewed.”

The agency also said its operatives arrested one Okefun Chisom, a businesswoman, over her alleged involvement with two Pakistanis, who were arrested in Lagos airport.

The Pakistanis, who were identified as Asif Muhammed and Hussain Naveed, were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine hidden in a sound system.

“In a related development, NDLEA operatives also arrested a businesswoman, Okefun Darlington Chisom, over her links with two Pakistanis: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, arrested at the Lagos airport with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a sound system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahore, Pakistan via Doha on Saturday 5th Nov,” the statement reads.

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