The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intensified its pursuit of former beauty queen Oluwadamilola Aderinoye over alleged involvement in illicit drug activities, signaling a dramatic turn in the life of the erstwhile Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture 2015/2016.
In a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, the agency disclosed its determination to apprehend Aderinoye following her purported evasion of operatives at her Lekki residence. The agency’s raid, prompted by intelligence suggesting her complicity in illicit substance dealings, unearthed a cache of incriminating evidence, including synthetic cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
Babafemi outlined the seized items, which included 606 grams of Canadian Loud, an electronic weighing scale, and significant quantities of drug packaging materials, underscoring the severity of the allegations against Aderinoye, also known as Ms. Aderinoye Queen Christmas.
The NDLEA’s pursuit of Aderinoye coincides with heightened efforts to clamp down on drug trafficking across Nigeria. In a separate operation, authorities apprehended Udechukwu Ekene, a Brazil returnee, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, for allegedly ingesting 60 wraps of cocaine.
Ekene’s arrest, occurring during inward clearance of passengers, illustrates the intricate nature of drug smuggling operations plaguing Nigerian airports. Despite initial resistance, Ekene relented to body scan observation, subsequently excreting a significant quantity of cocaine pellets weighing 1.279 kilograms.
The developments underscore the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in combating narcotics trafficking, shedding light on the insidious networks fueling the drug trade in Nigeria and beyond. As NDLEA intensifies its efforts to apprehend Aderinoye and combat drug-related crimes, the saga underscores the urgent need for enhanced vigilance and concerted action to stem the tide of illicit substance proliferation.