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NDLEA declares couple, 4 cartel members wanted over cocaine seizure

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) weekend declared a couple and four drug cartel members who run a cocaine cartel from India to Nigeria wanted.

The Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement Sunday said the couple were identified as Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade (alias Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun) and Rashidat Ayinke Owoalade (alias Bolarinwa Rashidat Ayinke), following the arrest of four members of the syndicate in Lagos where a Sports Utility Vehicle was recovered and two houses already traced to them sealed for forfeiture to the federal government.

He stated that two members of the syndicate; Imran Taofeek Olalekan and Ishola Isiaka Olalekan, were arrested on April 3, 2024 in their bid to export 3.40kg cocaine on a Qatar Airlines flight going to Oman through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMI, Ikeja, Lagos.

“While Imran was the courier conveying the drug consignment to Oman, Ishola recruited him for the head of the cartel, which, investigation has now revealed to be Alhaji Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade, whose Indian residence permit bears Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun based in India.

“Efforts to dismantle his network in Nigeria paid off after five weeks of surveillance and follow up operations when another member of the syndicate, Hamed Abimbola Saheed, who works directly with the baron was arrested on May 14, at Abule Egba area of Lagos.”

The NDLEA said, “It was indeed Saheed who lodged Imran in a hotel a day before his aborted trip to Oman and equally dropped him and Ishola at the Lagos airport the day they were arrested.”

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