A 60-year-old man, Muyiwa Otuyalo, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), for alleged attempt to smuggle hard drug for his son, Damilola Otuyalo, who is being detained by the anti-graft over alleged internet fraud.
Penpushing reports that, the Zonal office of the commission in Ibadan, where the alleged fraudster is being detained said in a statement on Tuesday the man was at the premises of the commission on Monday, supposedly to visit his son, but while discussing with the son, an officer noticed that he brought out a sachet of tablets and handed same to him(detained son).
The statement added that the officer subsequently raise 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.
Penpushing further reports that, the agency said the younger Otuyalo was recently arrested after a criminal case of money laundering detected in the United Kingdom was reported against him, adding that 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.
The commission said the suspect has been on the wanted list of the International Police, Interpol, before the petition was filed at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, stating that 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.
Penpushing also reports that, the statement said 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.
Meanwhile, the drug is said to possess high sedative effect and is rarely used except when prescribed by licensed medical officers.