Pastor in NDLEA’s Net after being nabbed with 1.978kg of Heroin


Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,
NDLEA, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu,
have arrested a Lagos pastor over drug trafficking. The
suspect, Daniel Lanre Akintola, 43, was caught with
1.978kg of heroin concealed in the false bottom of his
This is coming just a few weeks after a Lagos-based
pastor was arrested for smuggling narcotics to South
Africa at the Lagos Airport. Vanguard gathered that another
suspect, Onwueg-busi Tochukwu Victor, 48, was also
arrested with 51.5kg of ephedrine found inside his
NDLEA commander at the Enugu Airport, Mr. Nsikak-Abasi
Udoh, disclosed that the 43-year-old
pastor wanted to abandon his luggage at the arrival hall for
fear of arrest.
He said:
“Mr. Daniel Lanre Akintola unlawfully possessed
1.978kg of heroin, while returning from Entebbe, a
major town in Central Uganda. He wanted to
abandon the luggage, but we detected his intention.
The drug was carefully concealed in a false bottom
of his luggage.
The second suspect is a businessman who had
parcels of ephedrine weighing 51.5kg, which he
wanted to smuggle to Ma-puto, Mozambique. They
are being investigated.”
Akintola, who claimed ownership of the bag containing
heroin, said he was returning from a pastor’s conference.
He said:
“I am a pastor with one of the pentecostal
churches, at Ipaja, Lagos. I attended a minister’s
conference in Uganda. This bag, where heroin was
found, is my bag but I am a pastor and not a drug
The suspect, who hails from Oyo State but lives in Lagos,
could not produce evidence that he actually attended a
minister’s conference in Uganda. Besides, he also did not
give any reason for leaving Entebbe, Uganda, en-route
Addis Ababa, to Enugu.

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