The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has launched a manhunt for a Lekki Lagos-based ‘notorious drug dealer’, Sowunmi Ayodeji Kayode, who is now on the run after driving his luxury car to crush an officer of the agency in his bid to escape arrest when operatives were on a search of his house last weekend.
Director of Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Wednesday.
Babafemi said anti-narcotics officers of the agency had on Friday, August 18, stormed the residence of the wanted drug dealer located at 2/3 Adetola Ayeni close, Lekki, Lagos for a search and possible arrest following credible intelligence that he was dealing in illicit drugs in his house.
“Although he was not in the house when operatives got into his compound, he however returned while a search of his apartment was ongoing.
“In a dramatic twist, as soon as he drove into the premises and sighted NDLEA officers, he engaged his car in reverse gear, knocked down one of the officers, pulled down his gate before plunging the vehicle into the fence of the opposite compound.
The NDLEA spokesman said the force of the suspect’s car’s speed also pulled down the concrete wall of his neighbour’s compound and from there he dived out of the vehicle to escape.
Babafemi noted that a thorough search of Kayode’s apartment led to the recovery of 10.5 kilograms of Loud.
He added that the operative knocked down by the suspect suffered multiple injuries all over his body and compound fracture on his two legs, for which he is currently on hospital admission for treatment.
“Following the unpleasant development, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the deployment of appropriate operational assets of the agency to smoke out the wanted suspect from his hiding.
“He also approved adequate medical care for the injured officer so that he can get back on his feet as soon as possible,” Babafemi added.
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