Monday, 27 July 2015

Three arrested for diverting N40m USAID drugs

The police in Lagos State have arrested three
suspected thieves, who allegedly diverted a
container loaded with pharmaceutical drugs,
valued at N40m, to the Igando area
of the state.
We gathered that the suspects ─
Emmanuel Onyike, 51; Alabi Daudu, 68; and Paul
Aina, 58, were apprehended by the operatives of
the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to Zone
2, on Saturday, July 18.
According to the police, the container, which
belonged to the United States Agency for
International Development, was heading for a
warehouse of the Society for Family Health in
Sango Ota, Ogun State.
It was, however, hijacked and diverted by the
suspects to a secluded warehouse in Igando,
where the suspects reportedly planned to sell the
contents.
Our correspondent gathered that about 500
cartons of drugs, which the container was
conveying, had been recovered by the police.
It was learnt that other members of the
syndicate, identified only as Ikechukwu, Babawale,
Shola and Alhaji, were still at large.
Speaking with us, Daudu, a native of
Abeokuta, Ogun State, said his role was to get a
truck to convey the diverted container. He added
that they had yet to sell any of the items before
they were arrested.
He said, “Babawale was a friend, and he was the
one who brought the deal. He told me he had
some goods, and I should get him a truck to
convey them. I knew it was stolen goods, but I
did not know they were USAID drugs.
“We drove from the Tin Can Port to an area in
Igando. Babawale deceived me that the truck
contained household batteries. He did not let the
three of us know the warehouse.
“This is the fourth operation I would be
participating in. I was arrested by the SARS, Ikeja,
on a case of diverting roofing sheets. I got N1.8m
from the operation. I got N2m from the second. I
cannot remember the third. But now, I am
repentant. I have grandchildren.”
Also, Aina from Itapa, Ekiti State, and father of six
children, said Daudu lured him into the act,
adding that his own role was to get buyers for
the goods.

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