Published Aug.9, 2020.
By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
*Cross section of the suspected fake drugs on display…
ATTEMPT by a middle-aged man identified as Okeke Onyedika to compromise Police detectives attached to Area ‘B’ Command Headquarters, Apapa Lagos to release impounded container of suspected fake drugs has landed him in trouble. Impeccable senior Police source at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja informed that one Uchenna Oraeto Igboaka of 28, Akinyele Street Aguda Suru-lere Lagos, a native of Akanogu Umudimu, Abagana, Anambra State, the owner of the alleged fake drugs had contacted the suspect who claimed to be highly connected to the Police high authorities and assured that he would explore all avenues possible, to effect release of the impounded killer drugs. According to sources, a contract of N17million naira was entered into following which the said sum was transferred to the suspect’s bank accounts domiciled in Zenith and Access banks respectively. Armed with the said amount which had been changed into foreign currencies, the suspect reportedly approached the Area Commander, ACP Olasoji Akinbayo to truncate investigations on how the container of the fake drugs entered into the country and how it was cleared. In the meantime, sources hinted that an incorrigible ACP Akinbayo who had in time past, rejected similar bribe N26million naira over a case of wanton illegal oil bunkering and prosecuted givers of the bribe; surreptitiously put a call to CP Hakeem Odumosu over what suspect Onyedika had come to do in his office adding that the Police boss expressly directed that the man be arrested and detained. CrimeWorld was informed that when the suitcases brought into the ACP’s office by the suspect were searched only N7 million naira in foreign currencies was discovered contrary to what he collected to prosecute the shady deal.
*Some of the drugs in packs…
As of the time of filing this report, it was not possible to get the reaction of the Command’s public relations officer, SP Bala Elkana but a source close to his office who gave a blow-by-blow account of all that transpired said the Commissioner of Police had given the directive to charge the suspect to court. The source said, “What actually happened was that on July 20, 2020, anti-crime patrol team attached to the Area ‘B’ was tipped-off that certain persons had diverted a container marked SEGU6326800 supposedly on transit to a yet to be determined bonded terminal into Eleganza plaza, Apapa and were trans-loading it into a smaller body truck with registration number KTU 216 XG. When our men got there four persons, Messrs Nwankwo Jonas said to be the clearing agent, Uchenna Oraeto (owner of the container) Sunday Nwodo and Joseph Okafor who could not give cogent reasons why they were there as well as trans-loading the products were arrested. The container was equally impounded and taken into custody at the Area ‘B’ Command Headquarters. It was later discovered that the content of the container which was moved from the APTM facilities at the Apapa Port without the necessary documentations were pharmaceutical products and scrubbing brushes. A combined team of Policemen, Customs and NDLEA including management of CMA-CGM Nigeria Shipping Company were invited and inspected the container only to discover that the contents which were various prohibitive drugs manufacture in Karachi Pakistan without manufacturing and expiring dates; contrary to what was contained in the Bill of Lading, found its way into the country through one Uche Oraeto, a native of Akanogu Umudimu, Abagana, Anambra State.”
Continuing, the source said, “The team of security personnel including NAFDAC officials inspected the drugs, some of which had Glaxosmithline Pharmaceuticals Company emblems were discovered not to have NAFDAC numbers. But the management of Glaxosmithkline had since denied involvement in the illicit trafficking of fake drugs. This was how one Okeke Onyedika came into the picture. Unfortunately, the suspect did not know that the man, ACP Soji, the Area Commander he came to bribe was a resolute officer who would stop at nothing to ensure that such matter brought to him was thoroughly investigated to the letter. The funny aspect of the whole drama is that during investigation, it was discovered that the importer of the fake products actually paid suspect Okeke the said amount in tranches using different company account names such as Axion Drugs Limited, and Danatus Ajana domiciled in Zenith and Access banks. But when he could not bribe the Police, he didn’t tell the man, Uchenna Oraeto Igboaka who gave him the N17 million naira; instead he converted the money into personal use by sharing it with his friends, associates
and family members. But our men have been able to recover N7 million naira and handed same to the owner who had since been handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation and prosecution.”
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