Lagos socialite and owner of Adekaz Hotels, Alhaji Ademola Afolabi Kazeem, has been apprehended by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Naija News recalls that the agency had, on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, declared Kazeem wanted over alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
The law enforcement agency charged with eliminating the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs in the country, established in a report that the owner of Adekaz Hotels is also involved in money laundering.
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 suspect had been on the run after he refused to honour NDLEA’s invitation and an order granted by a Federal High Court in Lagos.
NDLEA had earlier approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with three prayers: to attach and seal the suspect’s identified properties in choice areas of Lagos island and Ibadan; declare him wanted and block his bank account with a cash balance of Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira (N217,000,000.00), all of which were granted.
However, ten days after disappearing into thin air, NDLEA announced on Sunday (today) that its search paid off and that the suspect had been taken into custody where he is currently being interviewed.
Naija News understands that Kazeem was nabbed 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, when he named Alhaji Ademola Kazeem, alias Adekaz as the owner of the 900grams of cocaine he ingested.
Confirming his arrest on Sunday, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended officers for doing a great job.
He urged them to intensify the heat on drug barons and cartels.