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Convicted Baron Loses VGC Mansion, Jeep To FG



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that a multi-million-naira mansion located at K-5A/2 Road 14, Victoria Garden City Estate, Lekki Lagos used as a clandestine laboratory for the production of methamphetamine by a convicted drug baron, Okenwa Chris Nzewi, has been forfeited to the Federal Government.

The agency said this followed his successful prosecution and conviction in court for drug offences.

In a press statement released on Sunday, the agency spokesman, Femi Babafemi said, “Okenwa was arrested along with his associate, Sunny Okeh Ukah on 30th July 2022 and subsequently arraigned on four counts in charge number FHC/L/527C/2022 at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

“They both pleaded guilty on 17th July 2023, while they were convicted and sentenced to four and three years imprisonment each with an option of fine of four million (N4,000,000) naira and three million (N3,000,000) naira respectively in addition to community service for four and three weeks each.

“His vehicle marked EKY 496 DJ was equally forfeited to the Federal Government.

“To further deny him of enjoying the proceeds of his criminal activity, the NDLEA filed a civil forfeiture charge against the building used as a clandestine laboratory at the Federal High Court Lagos which initially granted an interim forfeiture order that elapsed on 6th December before the final forfeiture on 7th December 2023.

Meanwhile, the agency said that In Imo, operatives on patrol along Owerri-Onitsha expressway on Thursday 14th December intercepted a way-billed consignment containing cocaine weighing 2.287kg.

“The shipment coming from Lagos was concealed in cellophane condoms, and heading to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“A suspect, Isaac Okoh, 45, has already been arrested.

Continuing, NDLEA said its operatives in Lagos on Friday 15th December arrested a 75-year-old grandma, Mrs. Sekinat Soremekun for dealing in illicit drugs.

“At the time of her arrest in the Oshodi area of Lagos, quantities of cannabis and litres of codeine syrup were recovered from her.