Wanted drug kingpin Henry Chukwuneku Okamaru (a.k.a. Lawrence Ik Okamaru) has been arrested by the NDLEA operatives after a five-month chase.
Okamaru was arrested in Ondo state in connection with the seized 2000.6kg Cannabis Sativa hidden in a concrete mixer truck in Adamawa State on 2nd December 2021,
Two suspects, Matthew Donuwe and Friday Nmborgwu were arrested in connection with the consignment last December.
They had confessed that the concrete mixer truck with Lagos registration number SMK 890 XB was loaded with the illicit drug in Ogbese, Ondo state.
The duo were on the road for two months before arriving Adamawa where they were eventually arrested by NDLEA operatives.
Investigations revealed that Okamaru is one of the leaders of a cannabis cultivation cartel that operates in the Ondo-Ekiti axis.
The NDLEA also believes he shuttles between Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Delta State from where he coordinates supplies of illicit consignments to Northern parts of the country and Lagos State.
The drug lord has also been identified as a member of an international drug trafficking ring, while he shuttles between Nigeria and South Africa where he settles his family.
He has a strong control and stake in cannabis cultivation in Ondo, Edo, Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States with large storage facilities in Lagos and Abbi in Delta State from where his consignments are distributed year round.