Pastor Daniel Akintola is not your usual ‘Man of God’. He preaches the ‘gospel’ on the one hand, and then doubles as a ‘dealer’ on the other hand.
The 43-year-old pastor however met his waterloo when men of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency nailed him recently at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, in possession of a 1.9kg worth of heroin.
In same vein, one Victor Onwuegbusi who had on him a 51.5kg worth of Ephredine was also apprehended.
Akintola who arrived Nigeria from a Uganda flight with the substance-laden luggage, upon sensing the security preparedness, attempted to leave behind the luggage. This was the point he was arrested. He has since pretended to know what the drugs are or how they got into his luggage.
Punch reports him saying: “I am a pastor with the Gospel Faith Mission International, Olayemi Assembly, Ipaja, Lagos. I attended a ministers’ conference in Uganda. This bag containing heroin is my bag, but I am a pastor and not a drug trafficker.”
The sad part of this is that the ‘Man of God’ has been unable to substantiate that he indeed attended the conference, sources say.
Onwuegbusi on the other hand touched down Akanu Ibiam from Mozambique with his ‘consignment’ and was grabbed by the Drug Enforcement Authorities. He also admitted ownership of the substance.
“[I] was hired to take ephedrine to Maputo, Mozambique for a fee of $2,500, [and I] would have used the proceed to establish a business.”
“They paid my return ticket and promised that the person that would receive the bag in Maputo would give me $2,500. I would have invested the money in import business”, Punch says of the man.
Nsikak-Abasi Udoh, NDLEA chief at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State, says the Agency is looking into both situations with the intention of getting to the root of the matter.