This is according to a statement signed by the NDLEA Media Director, Femi Babafemi on Monday.
According to the agency, the arrest was made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos after months of surveillance and evading arrest.
The suspect, Chief Afam Mallinson Emmanuel Ukatu, is an entrepreneur and Managing Director of Nispon Porcelain Company Ltd, Nigeria’s first indigenous floor tiles and PVC manufacturing company, located in Ogun State and other parts of the country. He is also the the chairman of Mallinson Group of Companies.
Recall that the Nigerian Police on February 14, 2022 handed over DCP Abba Kyari, the erstwhile Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and four others: ACP Sunday J. Ubua; ASP Bawa James; Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu to the NDLEA over involvement in a 25 kilograms Cocaine deal and running of drug a cartel.
The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police and his team were also linked to an alleged seizure of a large consignment of Tramadol in a warehouse at Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos which worth N3billion imported into Nigeria by an individual who claimed to be a pharmacist.
Kyari who is currently being remanded at Kuje maximum prison in Abuja had earlier being suspended by the police after the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted him in the fraud case of a popular fraudster, Ramon Abbas, known as Hushpuppi. The US authourities said Kyari was a conspirator with Hushpuppi in a $1.1 million deal to defraud a Qatari businessman.