Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan
The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 60-year-old fish-farmer, Muyiwa Otuyalo, for attempting to smuggle in a substance believed to be hard drug for his son, Damilola, who is currently in the custody of the commission.
The older Otuyalo was at the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan, Oyo State, on February 17, 2020, supposedly to visit his son.
THISDAY learnt that while discussing with his son, an officer noticed that he brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to him.
The officer, therefore, raised the alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug.
It was gathered that when the in-house nurse was called upon for assessment of the content, it was revealed that the said item was Rohypnol, a tranquilizer used under strict prescription for treatment of severe insomnia and assist in anesthesia.
The drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licenced medical officers.
The younger Otuyalo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom was reported against 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 Metropolitan Police.
He has been on the wanted list of the Interpol before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
It was further learnt that officers of Interpol in Nigeria 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.
However, 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 narcotic case.