NDLEA arrests evangelist in possession of 165kg narcotics drugs at Lagos seaport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a South Africa based evangelist over 165kgs of narcotics drugs seized at Lagos Seaport.

Methamphetamine weighing 92kgs and 73kgs of ephedrine were detected inside two containers of foodstuff meant for export to South Africa.

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The estimated street value of the drugs is 1.4 billion naira.

Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) disclosed that the seizure had significant influence on the campaign against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances

He said, “this is a product of careful planning and meticulous tracking of narcotic drugs movement.

“The consignments were closely monitored by our undercover agents and intercepted at Apapa Seaport, Lagos following the detection of narcotics by NDLEA sniffer dogs during screening operation.

“This will definitely have a positive influence on Nigeria’s drug control efforts.”

He said that the agency will remain meticulous in detecting drugs and prosecuting offenders.

“I am very happy with the success recorded in this operation. The Agency will remain painstaking and professional in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse. We hope to unmask the drug syndicate behind this shipment and make more arrests soon”, he added.

The drugs were concealed in packs of melon concealed in foodstuff and cosmetics such as Gari (cassava flakes), noodles, Knorr and Maggi food seasoning, yam powder, Malt drinks, pepper, Milk, Herbal Hair Cream and Golden Morn cereals. Other items in the container are Damatol Hair Cream, bags of Melon, Kegs of palm oil, Beans, Biscuits, Sardine and Cartons of Orijin bitters.

During examination of the containers marked MSKU 388274-1 and MSKU 424717-0; anti-narcotic officials detected 20kg of Methamphetamine and 50kg of Ephedrine inside the first container and 72Kg of Methamphetamine and 23Kg of Ephedrine in the second container.

The total weight of the drugs is 165kgs.

Officers successfully traced the illicit consignment to a fifty-two year old John Vincent Arinze who claimed to be an evangelistand arrested him in his hotel room in Lagos.

They also impounded a Mercedes Benz Jeep belonging to him.

Vincent is an indigene of Ara village, Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He has, however, lived in South Africa for over a decade.

He later accepted ownership of the illicit shipment.

In his statement, John said he made a big mistake by taking over the business of his late wife

He said, “I am an evangelist living in Durban South Africa. My late wife was into drug trafficking before she died few years ago. I made a mistake venturing into her business. It is all my fault.”



  1. Uh, “man of God or man of gods. Devil is the architect of money and greedy. Is there any man of God left in Nigeria, with so many storefront “churches” with funny names. God will safe Nigerians from wolves in sheep clothing.

  2. Very shameful He should face the law Imagine a man of God being an agent of the devil Only God knows who truly worships Him

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