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Three Nabbed Over Theft Of USAID Drugs Valued At $200,000

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Utulu –  LAGOS

Three suspects have been arrested for diverting 500 cartons of three different drugs valued at two hundred thousand US Dollar ($200, 000), property of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The suspects, Emmanuel Onyike, Alabi Daudu and Paul Aina were arrested by a team of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives attached to the Zone 2 police command and led by the Officer-in-Charge of the zonal SARS, Peter Y. Gana, a Superintendent of Police (SP).

The suspects who were paraded last weekend at the headquarters of Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos were arrested based on the petition by one Bankole Michael on 15th June, 2015 to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun State, AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu.

The petitioner had reported a case of alleged conspiracy and stealing of a 1x40ft container loaded with pharmaceutical drugs valued at $200,000 property of USAID. It was gathered that the complainant gave the contract of transporting the drugs to Adeogo Transport Logistics, represented by one Adeoye Shina, the manager and the company driver. It was alleged that the manager who was supposed to deliver the drugs at the warehouse of Society for Family Health (SFH), Sango-Otta diverted the drugs to an unknown destination and switched off their phones.

Through intensive phone tracking and intelligence gathering, Onyike was arrested on July 18, 2015 at Ikorodu area of Lagos and upon interrogation, he had confessed to the crime and mentioned Paul and Alabi who had earlier been arrested by operatives of the X-Squad of Zone 2 on 20th June, 2015, as his accomplice. Others mentioned as members of the syndicate are one Babawale, Shola and Alhaji.

Oyike was said to have led the SARS team to a warehouse located in Igando area of the State where the 500 cartons of the diverted drugs were recovered.

Onyike, 51, from Imo state told Daily Independent; “I sell electrical parts at Ikeja, Lagos. I am married with three children. It was Alabi and Babawale that told me they needed a warehouse to store Finger Batteries. They told me they diverted the goods from Wharf. So I provided the warehouse and we agreed to share the money after selling the products.”

Aina, 58, from Ekiti State said; “I am a supplier of petrochemicals to companies. This is my second time of diverting goods. The first was recovered by SARS Ikeja. I was arrested, charged to court and spent six months in Kirikiri.

“In this case, Alabi contacted me to invite a driver for goods diversion and I did. I got N38, 000 in the first goods we diverted.

Alabi, 68, from Abeokuta in Ogun State said “I sold vehicles. The mastermind of this business is Idowu. They call him Baba Wale. He told me they wanted to give me some goods. I am aware that the goods were stolen. We agreed that after sales, we will share the money. I was once arrested for a similar offence in 2013 and was sent to Kirikiri”.