Biography Of Henry Chukwuneku Okamaru (a.k.a. Lawrence Ik Okamaru) – , the wanted drug kingpin behind the 2000.6kg Cannabis Sativa confiscated in a concrete mixer truck in Adamawa State on December 2, 2021, has been caught in Ondo state following a five-month manhunt by NDLEA agents.
Last December, two suspects, Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nmborgwu, were arrested in connection with the consignment. They admitted that the concrete mixer truck with the Lagos registration number SMK 890 XB was filled with the illegal narcotic in Ogbese, Ondo state, and that they traveled for two months until being apprehended by NDLEA agents in Adamawa.
According to investigations, Okamaru is one of the leaders of a cannabis cultivation cartel that operates in the Ondo-Ekiti axis, and he shuttles between Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, and Delta States, where he coordinates supplies of illicit consignments to the northern parts of the country and Lagos State.
The drug boss has also been revealed as a member of an international drug trafficking organization, and he travels between Nigeria and South Africa to raise his family. He has a strong grip and stake in cannabis growing in Ondo, Edo, Ekiti, Osun, and Oyo States, as well as vast storage facilities in Lagos and Abbi, Delta State, from whence his consignments are dispersed all year.
Meanwhile, Nwakanma Michael Uche, a 36-year-old Nigerian living in Italy, was detained at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja, for consuming heroin pellets.
Nwakanma, from Arodizuogu Village, Ideato Local Government Area, Imo State, was apprehended while attempting to board an Air France flight in route Abuja-Paris-Milan, Italy on Sunday, May 15, 2022. He was then kept under surveillance while excreting 95 pellets of the illegal substance.
He stated he returned to Nigeria to meet his parents after 12 years in Italy and to finish his father’s traditional marriage ceremonies. He further stated that he would be paid N1.5 million if the pills were successfully delivered in Milan.
NDLEA operatives increased their offensive activity against drug cartels in five states: Edo, Kaduna, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, and Oyo. Following information and extensive observation, a pharmacy on Sapele Road in Edo was raided on Friday, May 27th. Thaddeus Uliagbafusi, the store’s proprietor, was detained, and 130,670 tablets of various prohibited substances, 1,396 ampoules of pentazocine injection, and 743 bottles of codeine were discovered from a hidden site where the products are repackaged. Mrs. Christianah Gabriel, 53, of Uromi, Esan North East LGA, Edo state, was caught with 25kg cannabis during a similar raid on a drug joint operated by her.
While operatives in Kaduna confiscated 15, 000 ampoules of pentazocine injection along the Abuja-Kaduna express road, 12,500 Diazepam pills were detained along the Okene-Abuja expressway on Thursday, May 26th. The drugs were discovered inside a truck transporting motor spare parts from Onitsha, Anambra, to Kaduna.
In Akwa Ibom, a female drug dealer, Irene Emmanuel Bassey, was apprehended on Saturday 28th May, during a search of her residence in Ikpa town, Esit Eket LGA, where 30.5kg cannabis was found, while Muideen Rasaki was apprehended with 90.8kg cannabis in Elere, Boluwaji area of Ibadan South-East LGA.
While commending the officers and men of the NDLEA’s Directorate of Intelligence, NAIA, Edo, Kaduna, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, and Oyo state commands for the recent series of arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged them and their compatriots across the country not to relent in their offensive action against drug carte