Fish farmer arrested following attempt to smuggle hard drug to his detained son

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Mr Muyiwa Otuyalo, a 60-year-old fish-farmer, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for attempting to smuggle drugs for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is currently in the custody of the commission’s Ibadan zonal office.

Mr Otuyalo was at the premises of the EFCC in Ibadan on Monday, supposedly to visit his son. But while discussing with him, an officer noticed that he brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to him.

The officer subsequently raised alarm which led to the confiscation of the drug. 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 licensed medical officers. The son was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom and 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’s Metropolitan Police. He has been on the wanted list of the International Police, Interpol, before the petition was filed at the EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

Officers of the Nigerian Interpol 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.

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.