1 Jul 2016

52-Year-Old Evangelist Arrested with Drugs Valued at N1.4billion (PHOTOS)

A 52-year old self acclaimed evangelist has been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for trying to ship over 165kgs of narcotics drugs worth N1.4billion.

According to a statement by NDLEA's Head of Public Affairs, Ofoyeju Mitchell, the evangelist was revealed as a South African based Nigerian whose name was given as John Vincent Arinze.

On interrogation after his arrest in a Lagos hotel, Arinze, who hails from Ara village, Nise in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, accepted ownership of the illicit shipment.

The statement further revealed that the drugs were concealed in foodstuff and cosmetics such as Garri packs, noodles packs, Knorr and Maggi food seasoning packs, yam powder, Malt drinks, pepper, Milk, Herbal Hair Cream and Golden Morn cereals. Other items in the container are Damatol Hair Cream, bags of Melon, Kegs of palm oil, Beans, Biscuits, Sardine and Cartons of Orijin bitters.

Arinze claimed he had been living in Durban for over a decade and ventured into the drug business following his wife's death. "I am an evangelist living in Durban South Africa. My late wife was into drug trafficking before she died a few years ago. I made a mistake venturing into her business. It is all my fault," he stated.

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