Nnodu Azuka, the founder and General Overseer (GO) of Seraphic and Sabbath Assembly, Lagos, has been detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on drug trafficking-related charges.
Along with the GO, Oyoyo Obasi, their freight agent, and Udezuka Udoka, a student at Emmanuel College of Theology in Ibadan, they were all detained.
This was revealed in a statement by NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi on February 12th.
After his accomplices were captured on Thursday, February 9, Azuka was detained on Saturday, February 11, at his church in Lagos.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, is where the suspects allegedly attempted to export methamphetamine and skunk to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the statement, Obasi, the freight agent, admitted that she belongs to the GO’s church.
Speaking about how she was hired by her church’s GO, Obasi revealed that the clergyman and his son threatened her after learning she knew their trade secrets. She also claimed that Nnodu was constantly referring to illegal substances as Ice and Bible in their phone text chats, which are street names for methamphetamine and cannabis.
Udezuka, a theology student, was introduced to Obasi to help her since she was fresh to the illegal trade. According to Udezuka, he was paid N2 million for the part and was forced to do it since he needed the money for his studies, according to a statement from the NDLEA.
Ugochukwu Ekwem, the general overseer of the Christ Living Hope Church in Lagos, had been detained by the NDLEA in 2022 on drug trafficking-related charges.
Ekwem had 54 cannabis sticks wrapped around his body as he traveled to a three-week crusade in Nairobi.