A wanted suspected drug kingpin allegedly behind the 2000.6kg Cannabis Sativa seized in a concrete mixer truck in Adamawa State on December 2021, Henry Chukwuneku Okamaru (alias Lawrence Ik Okamaru) has been arrested in Ondo State.
A statement from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says his arrest is coming after five months of manhunt.
The Agency’s spokeperson Femi Babafemi said two suspects: Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nmborgwu were arrested in connection to the consignment last December.
Investigations reveal that Okamaru is one of the leaders of a cannabis cultivation cartel that operates in the Ondo-Ekiti axis, while he shuttles between Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Delta State from where he coordinates supplies of illicit consignments to Northern parts of the country and Lagos State.
The drug lord has also been identified as a member of an international drug trafficking ring, while he shuttles between Nigeria and South Africa where he settles his family.
He has a strong control and stake in cannabis cultivation in Ondo, Edo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States with large storage facilities in Lagos and Abbi in Delta State from where his consignments are distributed year round.