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Fleeing drug baron crushes NDLEA officer, agency launches manhunt

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has launched a manhunt for a Lekki Lagos-based suspected drug dealer, Sowunmi Kayode, who is now on the run after crushing an operative with his luxury car in his bid to escape arrest.

The crushed operative and his colleagues were searching the suspect’s house at 2/3, Adetola Ayeni Close, Lekki on Friday when the incident happened.

The NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement read, “Although he (the suspect) was not in the house when operatives got into his compound, he however returned while a search of his apartment was ongoing.

“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, and 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 10.5kg 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.”

Babafemi said the Chairman, NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), had directed the deployment of appropriate operational assets of the agency to smoke out the wanted suspect from his hiding while also approving adequate medical care for the injured officer.

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