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NDLEA Arrests Cherubim & Seraphim Pastor for Attempting to Export N609 Million Worth of Narcotics



Drug Dealer PastorThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Monday that it had apprehended a pastor in Lagos attempting to export 174 kg of narcotics worth N609 million to South Africa.

In a statement by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Ofoyeju Mitchell, the NDLEA said the suspect was arrested following the interception of the drug at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) during pre-shipment examination.

It said that preliminary investigation indicated that the 60-year-old accused man was suspected to be a member of a drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

It also stated that the pastor was a member of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church at Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos.

According to the statement, the accused had international passports bearing his photographs with the names Michael Raji and Kadigun Fatah Ola respectively.

It was discovered that the church premises where he was ministering, also served as a warehouse for narcotics.

The seized drugs, concealed inside large bags of foodstuff, were found to contain 91kg of Methamphetamine and 83kg of Ephedrine with an estimated street value of N609 million.

The statement also quoted Hamza Umar, the Commander, NDLEA, Lagos Airport, as saying that a Mercedes Benz Jeep was also impounded during the operation.

โ€œI can tell you that this suspect is a smooth operator but we have uncovered his bag of tricks.

The drugs were brought to the airport for export to South Africa.

Investigation eventually traced the movement of the drugs to his church premises where he was arrested,โ€ Hamza stated.

According to the statement, the suspect said that he collected the drugs from a friend.

โ€œI received the drugs from my friend and I kept them in the church since October 2014.

I am the resident pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun branch, Lagos. I attended Ansarudeen Primary and Secondary School, Ibadan.

I later attended Yaba College of Technology, where I had my Trade Test in Electrical Installation.

I was ordained a full time pastor in 1977. This is a great temptation for me and I pray to God to overcome it,โ€ he said.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, was quoted as saying that the game was up for the suspect.

โ€œThe game is up for the suspect and we have strong evidence for prosecution.

This is one of the largest seizures of psychotropic substances at the airport.

We are working very hard to apprehend other accomplices and bring them to book,โ€ Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss called on members of the public to continue to support the NDLEA by volunteering useful information on drug trafficking syndicates.

Photo Credit: Punch

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  1. BB

    February 17, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Somebody shout halleluyah! !!!

    • Iris

      February 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

      “This is a great temptation for me and I pray to God to overcome it,โ€ he said.” After he has already succumbed? Which temptation again?

  2. Rose

    February 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Oh no! *covers face*. Another reason for Bruno and co. to trash pastors.
    Abeg, na joke o.

  3. bruno

    February 17, 2015 at 7:42 am

    nigerian pastors doing what they do best. smh

    so after collecting all the free tithe money and offering money from your hard working church members, you are not satisfied, your greed has pushed you to traffic drugs.

    nigerian pastors need jesus. LMFAO.

  4. Rodney

    February 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Lol. The pastor did not sort the right people at the airport. He should name the customs officers wey fall his hand that night because I am sure he went there with a guarantee. Custom guys don collect , fold hand for back.

    Nigeria we hail thee. See your emissaries of God at work sha… Chai…everybody wants change at the top but nobody wants to change their own ways.

  5. omolade

    February 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Everyday is for the thief one day is for the owner. Hmmm! this world is coming to an end

  6. Ocean Beauty

    February 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

    NDLEA has dashed this man’s dream of owning a private jet

  7. SuperDEE

    February 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Ojo gbogbo nitole, Ojo kan ni tolohun. {YORUBA PROVERB}

  8. Yvonne

    February 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

    It is well…..Poverty is a bastard

  9. Oy

    February 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    na today???

  10. Temmy

    February 17, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Narcotics worth 609million naira??? wow!!! this man wanted to do chop and clean mouth with this business.. thats a whole lot of narcotics to export at one damn time. SMH

  11. Dom!!!!

    February 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    OK! now that the drug has been seized, what will the police do with it, how will they dispose of it? Genuine question?

  12. mulikat

    February 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    pastor of white Garment church,now he put blue colour,what he want to do with 609 million my God with this age,abeg just keep in their for life.

  13. WhatdoIknow?

    February 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Cele Bobo on the beat…..

    • mercy

      February 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hahaha…or “Cele Bobo going to prison”

  14. ThePsychologist

    February 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    N609 million kwa! Eli jah! Jahhhhhh!!!!!

  15. bee

    February 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Jah elo! elo!….egbo oun ti emi nso fun awon ijo, esora!!!

  16. Celeb Pictures

    March 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    God knows d best dan man

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