NDLEA Alleges Abscondment, Declares Cleric Wanted
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has declared one Prophetess Faith Ugochi of Christ Power Adoration Ministries at Anozie Street, Mile 2 Diobu Port Harcourt wanted for allegedly using her church platform to recruit teenage girls brought to her for help as sales girls in illicit drug business.
A statement by Femi Babefemi Director of Media and Advocacy NDLEA headquarters, Abuja in last Sunday disclosed that investigation was able to establish that two teenage girls simply identified as Favour and Shalom were recruited as salesgirls in the illicit drug trade by Prophetess Ugochi on behalf of a celebrity couple: Igho Ubiribo (aka Tiny) and Danielle Simba Allen (aka Dani), who are the owners of the business, while Edward Omatseye (aka Montana) coordinates the illicit drug trade activities for them in Nigeria, with Nnochiri Chidinma Promise as representative of Ben Cargo Ltd, a freight company responsible for the shipment of illicit consignments into the country.
The NDLEA National spokesperson said while Nnochiri Chidinma Promise and Edward Omatseye (aka Montana) have already been charged to court and are currently facing trial at the Federal High Court, Lagos alongside Ben Cargo Ltd, a freight company which had been linked to two previous drug seizures and also involved in the current case, several attempts to get Prophetess Faith Ugochi, Igho Ubiribo and Danielle Simba Allen submit themselves for questioning have proved abortive.
Mr Babefemi explained that a letter of invitation sent to Prophetess Faith Ugochi of Christ Adoration Ministries, on 28th November 2022 was received and acknowledged by her mother, with whom she runs the Church.
The letter was followed with a reminder on 9th January, 2023 after a long wait.
NDLEA in the statement revealed that letters of invitation were also extended to Igho Ubiribo and Danielle Simba Allen.
A reminder was also sent when the couple didn’t show any readiness to respond to the first invitation.
While Prophetess Ugochi fled her home and went into hiding but continued her prophetic ministration on Facebook, the duo of Igho and Danielle initially sent a legal representation to ask for another time to honour the invitation, they have since gone incommunicado.
The statement further disclosed that they hurriedly moved all funds traced to their company Lasgidi Backwood Ltd where all proceeds from the sales of illicit drugs were deposited into a private account of one Victor Imagoro.
The Agency has since blocked the sum of Eighty Million Naira (N80,000,000) traced to the account and obtained a court order to seize all properties including a fuel station linked to the suspects in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
According to Babefemi NDLEA has further sought and obtained an order of the Federal High Court Lagos to declare wanted the celebrity couple: Ubiribo Igho and Danielle Allen, as the arrowheads of the illicit trade as well as Prophetess Faith Ugochi, who recruits teenage girls as sales representatives for the duo.