IBADAN, Nigeria – A 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, has landed in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] after he attempted smuggling hard drugs to his son in detention.
OgeneAfrican reports that Olutayo’s son, Damilola, was in EFCC’s custody at Ibadan for alleged money laundering.
However, the fish farmer while visiting Damilola on Monday handed a sachet of tablets to him, an officer of the EFCC, however, noticed the exchange and raised an alarm.
An assessment of the drugs by the EFCC’s inhouse nurse revealed the tablets were Rohypnol, a tranquillizer used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anaesthesia.
The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.
OgeneAfrican further reports that Damilola was recently arrested in connection with a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom allegedly him. The case which involved £45,000 was a fragment of a wider one involving about £500,000 for which he has been declared wanted by the London’s Metropolitan Police.
He has been on the wanted list of the International Police [Interpol] before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
Officers of the Nigerian Interpol were already in contact with the commission in respect of the said case before the suspect’s father attempted to smuggle in the hard drug for him.
Further investigations are ongoing, even as the commission intends to hand him over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for possible prosecution of the suspected narcotics case