Daily Independent reports…
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA),Lagos, has arrested Prophet Michael Raji of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim, Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun, Lagos over unlawful exportation of 174 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs to South Africa.
The NDLEA Commander at Lagos Airport, Mr. Hamza Umar,who disclosed this yesterday explained that the suspect was arrested following the interception of the drug at the cargo section of the international wing of MMA during pre-shipment examination.
The NDLEA Commander further explained that preliminary investigation indicated that the 60-year-old Raji is a suspected top member of a drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
Hama, who described the suspect as a smooth operator, revealed that the suspect had three international passports bearing his photographs, adding that one of the passports bears the name Michael Raji while the other two bear the name Kadigun Fatah Ola.
The Commander stated that the NDLEA equally discovered that the church premises where he ministers also serves as a warehouse for narcotics, adding that the seized drugs concealed inside large bags of foodstuff were found to contain 91kg of Methamphetamine and 83kg of Ephedrine with an estimated street value of N609 million and that a Mercedes Benz Jeep was also impounded during the operation.
“I can tell you that this suspect is a smooth operator but we have uncovered his bag of tricks. The drugs were brought to the airport for export to South Africa where it was detected. Investigation eventually traced the movement of the drugs to his church premises where he was arrested,” Hamza stated.
Hamza said, the suspect in his confessional statement claimed that he collected the drugs from a friend.”